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

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Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4 h 34 min

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

$52 - $163

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Bus Huntur Travel  •  14 h 1 min

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

$11 - $16

5 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 4 min

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

$59 - $197

Train, bus  •  14 h

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Constanta Ir / ...
  2. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

$38 - $52

Bus Metro Plus  •  15 h

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

$29 - $65

Night train  •  17 h 13 min

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

$28 - $33

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 bus which costs $11 - $16 and takes 14 h 1 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 train and bus which takes 14 h and costs $35 - $55.

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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 $11 - $16 and takes 14 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Istanbul Ataturk 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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Map of how to get from Bucharest to Istanbul.
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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 Razgrad, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 14 h 1 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 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
Romanian Railways (CFR)
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
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
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Razgrad
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Ruse
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
10 h 17 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Nishikli
Phone
+359 700 89 015
Email
silistreotogarsube@nisikli.com.tr
Website
nisikli.com.tr
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul Bariam
Ave. Duration
11 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$36
Schedules at
nisikli.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
11 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Ruse to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Bucharest. It is currently 11:37 PM in Bucharest and 12:37 AM 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 Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2369+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 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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