Istanbul – Bucharest Train

Train service between Istanbul and Bucharest is an overnight train departing everyday during summer.

Istanbul-Bucharest train is announced to run this year between 03.06.2017 and 20.09.2017.

General information

Train is called Bosphor Express (in Turkey) and Balkan Express (in Bulgaria/Romania)

Loco hauled overnight train

940 km long

Lasts about 17-19 hrs

Border crossing at Kapikule and Ruse

The service used to be given by bus connections due to engineering works. This temporary situation had ended as of 20 February 2017.


SleepersCouchettes for 4 passengers



There is connected bus service between Halkalı Station and Sirkeci Station.

Turkey is GMT +3 and Bulgaria/Romania is GMT +2.

Main Stations

Bucharest – Giurgiu Nord – Ruse – Dimitrovgrad – Kapıkule – Edirne – Çerkezköy – Halkalı



These fares were from the last time train run. 2017 fares has not been announced yet.

Please check Balkan Flexipass if you are going to travel in Balkan countries by rail.

What travelers 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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