There are 7 ways to get from Bucharest to Istanbul by plane, bus, train, 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Istanbul  •  4 h 34 min

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

$52 - $163

Cheapest option

Night train  •  17 h 13 min

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

$31 - $35

5 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 4 min

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

$60 - $198

Bus Metro Plus  •  13 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest to Shumen
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$37 - $82

Train, bus  •  14 h 20 min

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

$38 - $53

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

Drive  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Istanbul 424.5 miles

$85 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Istanbul is to night train which costs $30 - $35 and takes 17 h 13 min.

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

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The distance between Bucharest and Istanbul is 445 km. The road distance is 679 km.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Bucharest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Bucharest and arriving at Istanbul via Shumen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 35 min.

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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 Shumen in around 13 h 35 min.

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
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
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Avtoekspres
Phone
+359 (0) 52 757 044
Email
info@autogaravn.com
Website
autogaravn.com
Bus from Bucharest to Shumen
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $27
Schedules at
autogaravn.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
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
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 - $15
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 - $15
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.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

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