Explore 5 ways to travel

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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

$31 - $35

5 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 12 min

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

$60 - $200

Bus Metro Plus  •  13 h 35 min

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

$38 - $80

Bus, train  •  14 h 24 min

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

$39 - $52

Bus TransEvren  •  14 h 48 min

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

$42 - $59

Drive  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bucharest 446 miles

$90 - $140

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
Romanian Railways (CFR)
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
$20 - $22
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
$30 - $55
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 - $28
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
$30 - $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
$11 - $16
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 - $16
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 - $15
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 - $20
Schedules at
fany.ro

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Bucharest is 445 km. The road distance is 714 km.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to night train which costs 140 ₺ - 170 ₺ and takes 20 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to fly which takes 4 h 38 min and costs 230 ₺ - 750 ₺.

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.

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