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

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Fly to Istanbul

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

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Night train

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

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, train

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)
  2. Take the train from Tersane to Yenikapi

Train, bus

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

Bus via Constanța

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

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest Horoscop Hotel to Razgrad Central Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Razgrad to Istanbul

Train

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord to Ruse
  2. Take the train from Ruse to Dimitrovgrad
  3. Take the train from Dimitrovgrad to Halkali

Drive

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Istanbul

Bucharest to Istanbul by train

7 Weekly Trains
17h 57m Average Duration
299 ₺ Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to night train which costs $15 - $23 and takes 19h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which costs $100 - $350 and takes 4h 7m.

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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 13h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bucharest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Bucuresti Nord and arriving at Halkali via Ruse and Dimitrovgrad. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 57m.

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The distance between Bucharest and Istanbul is 445 km. The road distance is 634.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 12h 51m and costs $27 - $45.

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It takes approximately 4h 7m 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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Bucharest to Istanbul train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Bucuresti Nord station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4h 7m and costs $100 - $350. Alternatively, you can bus via Constanța, which costs $30 - $50 and takes 13h 30m, you could also train, which costs $16 - $30 and takes 17h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Bucharest to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 445.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 7m

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

Tarom and Turkish Airlines fly from Bucharest to Istanbul 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bucharest to Istanbul via Constanta in around 13h 30m.

Airlines
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 8.500 ₺
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 8.500 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.300 ₺ - 3.800 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85 ₺ - 280 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
85 ₺ - 110 ₺
1st Class
250 ₺ - 280 ₺
Train from Bucuresti Nord to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45 ₺ - 180 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
45 ₺ - 65 ₺
1st Class
160 ₺ - 180 ₺
Transferoviar Calatori
Phone
+40 238 434 380
Email
sesizari@transferoviarcalatori.ro
Website
transferoviarcalatori.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 140 ₺
Website
Transferoviar Calatori
Astra Trans Carpatic
Phone
0751.525.520
Email
office@astratranscarpatic.ro
Website
astratranscarpatic.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Astra Trans Carpatic
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 180 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
120 ₺ - 150 ₺
1st Class
150 ₺ - 180 ₺
Train from Dimitrovgrad to Halkali
Ave. Duration
6h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 200 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
130 ₺ - 160 ₺
1st Class
160 ₺ - 200 ₺
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
18h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
280 ₺ - 420 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
280 ₺ - 330 ₺
1st Class
340 ₺ - 420 ₺
Bus operators
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
430 ₺ - 550 ₺
Schedules at
transevren.ro
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 300 ₺
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Sir Trans
Phone
+4-021-316.42.21
Website
sirtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 360 ₺
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
170 ₺ - 250 ₺
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
190 ₺ - 270 ₺
Schedules at
fany.ro
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Horoscop Hotel to Razgrad Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
290 ₺ - 320 ₺
Website
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
10h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60 ₺ - 85 ₺
Website
Huntur
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
11h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
210 ₺ - 400 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Istanbul 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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Bucharest to Istanbul train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Halkali station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Istanbul is 635 km. It takes approximately 8h 39m 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 1503+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 1.750 ₺ per night.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 21 min and costs $9 - $12.

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