Istanbul Bucharest Train

Route, timetable, station and ticket details of train running between Bucharest and Halkalı:

Istanbul-Bucharest train runs only during summer (Between 3rd June-2nd October in 2017).

* Based on route data provided by EcoTransITWorld.

General Information

What kind of a train I’m going to travel with? Electric loco and TVS 2000 passenger coaches

What options I have? 4-berth couchette cars1-2 berth sleepers – 3 berth sleepers

How long is the route? 940 km

How long it takes? 17-19 hours

How can I buy the ticket? Only at stations where international tickets office exists

When can I buy the ticket? 60 days prior to departure



* As of 7/2017. Please click for TCDD’s official timetable.

Main Stations

BucharestKapıkule – Edirne – ÇerkezköyHalkalı

* Please click station name for location, all trains calling and timetables, working hours and contact info of station.


Bucharest-Halkalı couchette seat/berth: 51.2 €/person

Bucharest-Halkalı sleeper seat/berth: 59.2 €/person (triple), 70.2 €/person (double), 132.8 €/person (single),

* As of 7/2017. Pls check current fares from TCDD’s official website.


Romanian sleepers offer 3 berth as well (price is 59.20 €/person as of July 2017).

Turkey is GMT +3 and Bulgaria/Romania is GMT +2 (No daylight time policy in Turkey).

Train passes through Kapikule/Svilengrad and Ruse/Giurgiu border crossings.

Check Balkan Flexipass if you are going to travel in Balkan countries by rail.”

What travellers say?
giurgu railway station by koen All the way to Ankara - Koen Nijbroek, a 22 year old bioinformatician from Netherlands, get on the train from Bucharest to Istanbul with a single goal: visiting at least all the 30… Read more "All the way to Ankara"

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