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

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Fly to Istanbul  •  4h 7m

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

786 ₺ - 1.991 ₺

Cheapest option

Night train  •  19h 14m

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

146 ₺ - 212 ₺

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Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  5h 37m

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) OTP - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

280 ₺ - 1.321 ₺

Shuttle, bus  •  10h 56m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Bucharest to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

1.317 ₺ - 1.559 ₺

Bus  •  11h 16m

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

364 ₺ - 466 ₺

Train, bus  •  11h 45m

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

393 ₺ - 638 ₺

Drive  •  8h 39m

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Istanbul 634.7 km

550 ₺ - 850 ₺

Romania → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Romania

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Romania
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Restricted for: Foreign nationals that have visited Iran in the past 14 days. Iran land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Romania

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Romania.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Romania from Turkey.

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Last updated: 2 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to night train which costs $20 - $30 and takes 19h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to fly which costs $110 - $280 and takes 4h 7m.

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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 Varna, Stozher and Varna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 16m.

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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 shuttle and bus which takes 10h 56m and costs $180 - $220.

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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 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 4h 7m and costs $110 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $65 and takes 11h 16m.

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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 Alpar Turizm, arrive at Istanbul station.

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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 twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bucharest to Istanbul via Varna, Stozher, and Varna in around 11h 16m.

Airlines
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 3.600 ₺
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 3.600 ₺
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
180 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40 ₺ - 140 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
40 ₺ - 55 ₺
1st Class
120 ₺ - 140 ₺
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 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Astra Trans Carpatic
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
90 ₺ - 100 ₺
Website
S.C. Softrans S.R.L.
Transferoviar Calatori
Phone
+40 238 434 380
Email
sesizari@transferoviarcalatori.ro
Website
transferoviarcalatori.ro
Train from Bucureşti Nord Gr.A to Constanţa
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55 ₺ - 70 ₺
Website
Transferoviar Calatori
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
140 ₺ - 210 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
140 ₺ - 170 ₺
1st Class
170 ₺ - 210 ₺
Bus operators
Atlas Taxi
Phone
+359 89 345 5533
Email
info@atlastaxi.eu
Website
atlastaxi.eu
Shuttle from Bucharest to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 1.500 ₺
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Atlas Taxi
Burgas Bus
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
210 ₺ - 240 ₺
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Mercado Sud
Phone
(0721) 643.210
Email
office@mercado-sud.ro
Website
mercado-sud.ro
Bus from Constanta to Varna
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
230 ₺ - 310 ₺
Schedules at
mercado-sud.ro
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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 10436+ 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 21 min and costs $12 - $15.

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