There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Bucharest by plane, bus, 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 from Istanbul  •  4 h 38 min

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

$52 - $163

Cheapest option

Night train  •  20 h 37 min

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

$27 - $31

4 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 12 min

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

$59 - $198

Bus Metro Plus  •  13 h 35 min

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

$37 - $77

Bus TransEvren  •  14 h 48 min

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

$40 - $56

Drive  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bucharest 446 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to night train which costs 160 ₺ - 190 ₺ and takes 20 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to fly which costs 310 ₺ - 1.000 ₺ and takes 4 h 38 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Bucharest is 445 km. The road distance is 713.6 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from Istanbul to Bucharest, including transfers.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Bucharest is 714 km. It takes approximately 8 h 33 min to drive from Istanbul to Bucharest.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Bucharest.
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  • Distance: 278.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 38 min

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

Turkish Airlines and Tarom fly from Istanbul to Bucharest 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Bucharest via Shumen in around 13 h 35 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Shumen
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Avtoekspres
Phone
+359 (0) 52 757 044
Email
info@autogaravn.com
Website
autogaravn.com
Bus from Shumen to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $27
Schedules at
autogaravn.com
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Constanta
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Constanta to Bucuresti
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
GSM Trans
Phone
021-314-0444
Email
office@gsmtrans.ro
Website
gsmtrans.ro
Bus from Constanta to Bucuresti
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 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 Constanta to Bucureşti
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Schedules at
comantotrans.ro
Fany
Phone
0741 607 941
Email
office@fany.ro
Website
fany.ro
Bus from Constanta to Bucuresti
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
fany.ro

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