There are 8 ways to get from Bucharest to Istanbul by plane, bus, night bus, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Istanbul (IST) OTP - IST

$52 - $163

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Night bus, bus  •  16 h 36 min

  1. Take the night bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Shumen, Shumen 1940
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Otogar

$21 - $37

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Bus to Varna, fly to Istanbul  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from București to Varna
  2. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Istanbul (IST) VAR - IST

$112 - $293

Fly Bucharest Otopeni to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) OTP - SAW

$59 - $197

Bus Metro Plus  •  15 h

  1. Take the bus from București to Ruse
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to Istanbul

$30 - $70

Bus TransEvren  •  15 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
  2. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

$41 - $59

Night train  •  17 h 13 min

  1. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali Bosphor Express

$28 - $32

Drive  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Istanbul 424.5 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to night train which costs $27 - $33 and takes 17 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which costs $50 - $170 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bucharest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from București and arriving at Istanbul via Ruse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h.

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The distance between Bucharest and Istanbul is 445 km. The road distance is 679.2 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 15 h and costs $30 - $70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from Bucharest to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Bucharest to Istanbul bus services, operated by PEGASUS GROUP Ltd., depart from București station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 34 min and costs $50 - $170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $70 and takes 15 h.

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Bucharest to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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  • Distance: 278.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

What companies run services between Bucharest, Romania and Istanbul, Turkey?

Tarom and Turkish Airlines fly from Bucharest to Istanbul 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bucharest to Istanbul via Ruse in around 15 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Varna to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Varna to Istanbul via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $22
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Varna
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Ruse
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Ruse to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
GSM Trans
Phone
021-314-0444
Email
office@gsmtrans.ro
Website
gsmtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
gsmtrans.ro
Comanto Trans
Phone
+4-021-312.03.45
Website
comantotrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucureşti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
comantotrans.autogari.ro
Fany
Phone
0741 607 941
Email
office@fany.ro
Website
fany.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
fany.ro
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Shumen, Shumen
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Shumen to Otogar
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Nishikli
Phone
+359 700 89 015
Email
silistreotogarsube@nisikli.com.tr
Website
nisikli.com.tr
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul Bariam
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
nisikli.com.tr

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Bucharest. It is currently 1:20 PM in Bucharest and 1:20 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Istanbul is 679 km. It takes approximately 8 h 33 min to drive from Bucharest to Istanbul.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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There are 2315+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 44 min and costs $1 - $2.

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