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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus Huntur Travel  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul

$12 - $18

7 alternative options

Train, night train  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Veliko Tarnovo to Dimitrovgrad 465
  2. Take the night train from Dimitrovgrad to Kapikule
  3. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali

$23 - $29

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 - $51

Night train, bus  •  11 h 4 min

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

$19 - $23

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  •  9 h 10 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

$60 - $173

Bus to Sofia, fly  •  8 h 42 min

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

$69 - $204

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is to bus which costs $11 - $19 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 takes 5 h 40 min and costs $80 - $270.

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The distance between Veliko Tarnovo and Istanbul is 358 km. The road distance is 500 km.

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

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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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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 $10 - $18 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 Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Veliko Tarnovo to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Dimitrovgrad to Kapikule
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $3
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
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
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
$10 - $18
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 - $35
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
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
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia
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 - $7
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
Avtoekspres
Phone
+359 (0) 52 757 044
Email
info@autogaravn.com
Website
autogaravn.com
Bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
autogaravn.com

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