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There are 8 ways to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul by bus, night train, car, shuttle or plane

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Bus  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul

54 ₺ - 84 ₺

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Bus via Burgas  •  10h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

222 ₺ - 265 ₺

Night train  •  11h 47m

  1. Take the night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Halkali Bosphor Express

140 ₺ - 196 ₺

Night train, bus  •  13h 24m

  1. Take the night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

105 ₺ - 155 ₺

Drive  •  5h 49m

  1. Drive from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul 499.7 km

440 ₺ - 650 ₺

Shuttle to Bucharest Otopeni, fly  •  7h 15m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
  2. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) OTP - IST

1.395 ₺ - 13.946 ₺

Shuttle to Varna, fly  •  7h 5m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna Airport
  2. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VAR - IST

1.805 ₺ - 2.975 ₺

Shuttle to Sofia, fly  •  7h 25m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia Airport
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SOF - IST

1.653 ₺ - 4.372 ₺

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul is to bus which costs $7 - $13 and takes 8h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul is to drive which costs $60 - $95 and takes 5h 49m.

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The distance between Veliko Tŭrnovo and Istanbul is 358 km. The road distance is 499.7 km.

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The best way to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 8h 40m and costs $7 - $13.

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It takes approximately 8h 40m to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul, including transfers.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul is 500 km. It takes approximately 5h 49m to drive from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul.

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

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There are 3007+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 750 ₺ per night.

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The best way to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 3h 30m and costs $90 - $110.

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Map of how to get from Veliko Tŭrnovo to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 357.8 km
  • Duration: 8h 40m

What companies run services between Veliko Tŭrnovo, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Huntur operates a bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost 45 ₺ - 80 ₺ and the journey takes 8h 26m. Alternatively, Bulgarian Railways (BDZh) operates a vehicle from Veliko Tarnovo to Halkali once daily. Tickets cost 90 ₺ - 140 ₺ and the journey takes 11h 31m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 1.600 ₺
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 3.100 ₺
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Halkali
Ave. Duration
11h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90 ₺ - 140 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
90 ₺ - 110 ₺
1st Class
110 ₺ - 140 ₺
Night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
10h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75 ₺ - 120 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
75 ₺ - 90 ₺
1st Class
90 ₺ - 120 ₺
Bus operators
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45 ₺ - 80 ₺
Website
Huntur
Patnicheski Prevozi AD.
Phone
062 / 64-09-08
Email
office@pprevozi.com
Website
pprevozi.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
95 ₺
Schedules at
pprevozi.com
Burgas Bus
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
24 ₺ - 40 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Atlas Taxi
Phone
+359 89 345 5533
Email
info@atlastaxi.eu
Website
atlastaxi.eu
Shuttle from Veliko Tarnovo to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 800 ₺
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Atlas Taxi
Shuttle from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 900 ₺
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Atlas Taxi
Shuttle from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 900 ₺
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Atlas Taxi

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