There are 7 ways to get from Bucharest to Istanbul by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4h 29m

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

655 ₺ - 1.801 ₺

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Night train  •  18h 36m

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

172 ₺ - 242 ₺

5 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  5h 59m

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

433 ₺ - 1.535 ₺

Bus  •  13h 14m

  1. Take the bus from București to Varna
  2. Take the bus from Varna to Otogar

264 ₺ - 326 ₺

Train, bus  •  14h 18m

  1. Take the train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa IR: Bucureşti Nord Gr.A - Constanţa / ...
  2. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

217 ₺ - 359 ₺

Bus via Constanța  •  15h

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

244 ₺ - 355 ₺

Drive  •  8h 33m

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Istanbul 679.2 km

550 ₺ - 900 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to night train which costs $25 - $40 and takes 18h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which costs $95 - $270 and takes 4h 29m.

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

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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 13h 14m and costs $35 - $50.

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It takes approximately 4h 29m to get from Bucharest to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Bucharest to Istanbul bus services, operated by Simpa Trans, depart from Bucuresti station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4h 29m and costs $95 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 13h 14m.

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

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Bucharest to Istanbul bus services, operated by TransEvren, arrive at Istanbul - Aksaray station.

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  • Distance: 445.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 29m

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 Varna, Otogar, and Otogar in around 13h 14m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
280 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35 ₺ - 120 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
35 ₺ - 50 ₺
1st Class
100 ₺ - 120 ₺
S.C. Softrans S.R.L.
Phone
0351/40.91.53
Email
office@softrans.ro
Website
softrans.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
77 ₺ - 83 ₺
Website
S.C. Softrans S.R.L.
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 180 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
120 ₺ - 150 ₺
1st Class
150 ₺ - 180 ₺
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
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 210 ₺
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Varna to Otogar
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75 ₺ - 120 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Nishikli
Phone
+359 700 89 015
Email
silistreotogarsube@nisikli.com.tr
Website
nisikli.com.tr
Bus from Varna to Istanbul Bariam
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
228 ₺
Schedules at
nisikli.com.tr
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 240 ₺
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
65 ₺ - 95 ₺
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Sir Trans
Phone
+4-021-316.42.21
Website
sirtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
60 ₺ - 95 ₺
Schedules at
sirtrans.ro
GSM Trans
Phone
021-314-0444
Email
office@gsmtrans.ro
Website
gsmtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
75 ₺ - 110 ₺
Schedules at
gsmtrans.ro
Fany
Phone
0741 607 941
Email
office@fany.ro
Website
fany.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 120 ₺
Schedules at
fany.ro

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

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

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There are 3368+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 750 ₺ 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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