Train service between Istanbul and Sofia has started. But it’s not easy to reach to clear official information.
We travelled to Sofia for you, and prepare this little guide:
Ticket sales at Sirkeci
Unfortunately, there’s no way to buy it through internet. There’s no even way to buy it from a train station other than Sirkeci. But don’t worry. Train is not full, you can buy it just before you get on the train.
No names on tickets, you can buy it before you decide with whom to go. 🙂
Roundtrip is possible, but no discount. Cash and credit card are accepted.
Do not expect much to learn at ticket office
There were two officiers at Sirkeci with very limited English. One of them didn’t want to answer any question even in Turkish.
Train departs from Halkali
Unfortunately, trains cannot reach Istanbul city center yet. The departure station is Halkali, 20 km west of Istanbul.
But do not worry. In March 2019, Marmaray project was commissioned. The suburban trains started running between Gebze and Halkali, which enables reaching Halkali without any interchange from many points in Istanbul, such as Sirkeci, Bakirkoy, Bostanci, Ayrilikcesmesi, Sogutlucesme.
Cover Photo: Onur Uysal ©