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

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Bus Metro Plus  •  12h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ruse

$29 - $65

Cheapest option

Bus Huntur  •  12h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ruse

$12 - $17

5 alternative options

Night train, train  •  16h 19m

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gorna Oryahovitsa Bosphor Express
  2. Take the train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Ruse - Tovarna 9647 / ...

$26 - $31

Drive  •  7h 23m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Ruse 400.4 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni, bus  •  6h 49m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) IST - OTP
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Varna, train  •  8h 14m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Varna (VAR) IST - VAR
  2. Take the train from Beloslav to Ruse - Tovarna

$137 - $333

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni, bus  •  8h 8m

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) SAW - OTP
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Ruse is to bus which costs 65 ₺ - 95 ₺ and takes 12h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Ruse is to drive which costs 460 ₺ - 700 ₺ and takes 7h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Ruse. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12h 30m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Ruse is 400 km. The road distance is 640.7 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Ruse without a car is to bus which takes 12h 30m and costs 160 ₺ - 370 ₺.

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The bus from Istanbul to Ruse takes 12h 30m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Istanbul to Ruse bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Istanbul to Ruse bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Ruse station.

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Ruse is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:01 PM in Istanbul and 7:01 PM in Ruse.

Map of how to get from Istanbul to Ruse.
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  • Distance: 249.7 miles
  • Duration: 12h 30m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Ruse, Bulgaria?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Istanbul to Ruse once daily. Tickets cost $29 - $65 and the journey takes 12h 30m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Varna
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Varna via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
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 Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Ruse - Tovarna
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Train from Beloslav to Ruse - Tovarna
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $7
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Ruse
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ruse
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ruse
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Ruse is 641 km. It takes approximately 7h 23m to drive from Istanbul to Ruse.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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There are 94+ hotels available in Ruse. Prices start at $24 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34m and costs 4 ₺.

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