There are 6 ways to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul by bus, night train, car or plane

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Bus Huntur Travel  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul

$9 - $14

5 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  12 h 15 min

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

$36 - $56

Night train, bus  •  11 h 2 min

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

$18 - $21

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul 312.3 miles

$60 - $95

Bus to Varna, fly  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna
  2. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Istanbul (IST) VAR - IST

$84 - $264

Bus, bus to Bucharest Otopeni, fly  •  8 h 50 min

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

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The cheapest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is to bus which costs $8 - $14 and takes 8 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is to bus and fly which costs $80 - $270 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Veliko Tarnovo and arriving at Istanbul via Burgas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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

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The best way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 40 min and costs $8 - $14.

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It takes approximately 8 h 40 min to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul bus services, operated by Patnicheski Prevozi AD., depart from Veliko Tarnovo station.

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The quickest flight from Varna Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 223.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 40 min

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

Huntur Travel operates a bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $7 - $13 and the journey takes 8 h 26 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Varna to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Varna to Istanbul via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
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
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $13
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Patnicheski Prevozi AD.
Phone
062 / 64-09-08
Email
office@pprevozi.com
Website
pprevozi.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
pprevozi.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
pprevozi.com
Aleks ОK
Phone
+359 62 60 22 60
Email
info@alexok.com
Website
alexok.com
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
alexok.com
M-Bus
Phone
056 844 966
Website
mbus-bg.com
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
mbus-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
biomet.bg
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com

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