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Istanbul Sofia train guide for beginners

Sleepers for couples

TCDD’s sleepers are well known and liked by European travellers. New, clean and practical. There are two sleeper wagons in Istanbul Sofia train, 20 compartments with a capacity of 40 beds.

Two huge seats exist in sleepers. When opened, it becomes a comfortable bed. Overhead, there’s another.

Sleeper. Photo: Onur Uysal

Sleeper for one person is expensive

You pay almost double for staying alone in a sleeper compartment. But other seat/bed is also yours.

Clean bedclothes and towel for each passenger

After train departs, the TCDD staff brings clean bedclothes and towels. All in bag, to be used for the first time by you after cleaning. Pillow and blanket are already there. You prepare your bed in TCDD wagons.

High comfort at sleepers

There is a sink, small closet, hangers, waste basket, electric socket, a expandable table and also a small refrigerator in the compartment.

If no water from tap, do not think train is out of water, call the staff, he’ll fix it immediately.

TCDD yataklı kompartıman - Onur3
Sleeper. Photo: Onur Uysal
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  1. I took the train this weekend but the train arrived in Sofia 4 hours later and on the way back, the train arrived in Halkali 2 hours later. I tried to claim but TCDD does not want to be responsible for it. Do you know how i can claim for it?


    • Hi Gonzalo. Sorry about that. TCDD Tasimacilik website explains such cases as below: “If it becomes clear that train will arrive destination with a delay of 60 min or more, passenger has the right to get off the train. Then the amount for “not travelled distance” will be refunded. This has to be done during travel, not afterwards. After travel, the only channel TCDD accepts complaints is written application to head of TCDD Tasimacilik or regional offices (in Istanbul, it’s at Haydarpasa). Since it’s a cooperated train, you can also follow steps of BDZ (Bulgarian State Railways).


  2. Hi, I shall be traveling to Istanbul for a holiday,and would like to visit sofia, some information (1) where to buy Train ticket ( 2) what is the cost for sleeper for two (3)how much it cost (4)and where to buy tickets in Istanbul (5)up to date timetable,I would appreciate in advance for info you will provide, cheers


  3. Hi ..
    thank you so match for all these important information.
    some details was not enough clear for me, about prices; It,s a bit confused:
    1- Should I by ticket for couchette first, then I have to by ticket for sleepers in addition?
    2- is single room (one bed) available? how much is it?
    3- How much the ticket (istanbul – sofia) – including sleeper (room with 2 beds- and single room).
    4- Can I buy tickets for round trip from Istanbul? Is it good choice?
    best regards


  4. Hi, is it possible to buy the tickets a day before departure? Will they be likely sold out? departure is Sunday (night) in March.


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