Although the train service between Istanbul and Belgrade exists on paper, it has practically ended.
The train service between Istanbul and Belgrade, which had taken attention of Europe-Turkey travellers has practically ended.
The passengers of this train have to interchange at Sofia, if the train arrives on time.
The Istanbul-Belgrade train service was a couchette wagon, which is carried by Istanbul-Sofia and Sofia-Belgrade train services. This enabled passengers to stay at the same wagon without any interchange during whole trip from Istanbul to Belgrade.
However, the irregular delays of both trains caused problems, and one train started not to wait the other in case of delay, which ended the train service in practice.
TCDD staff gives information about this situation on ticket offices, however, the full train ticket is sold without any warning at Serbia. This causes many passengers missing the train and staying at Sofia one night to get on the next train.
Cover Photo: Onur Uysal ©