Bosphor Express (Bucharest Istanbul train)

Route map, train timetable, main stations and ticket options of international train running between Halkali and Bucharest:

Bosphor Express
Bosphor Express. Photo: Onur Uysal

Istanbul-Bucharest train runs only during summer (Between 7th June-7th October in 2019).

Bosphor Express travel info

  • Which operator operates the train? TCDD Taşımacılık, BDZ, CFR
  • What kind of a train I’m going to travel with? TCDD, BDZ and CFR locos hauled passenger coaches
  • What travel options I have? Couchette (4 seats/berths) + sleeper (2-3 seats/berths)
  • Any food/drink available in train? No meal service nor snack bar
  • How far is it from Halkali to Bucharest? 940 km
  • How long it takes from Halkali to Bucharest? 17-19 hours
  • How can I buy the ticket? Only at stations where international ticket desk exists
  • Can I buy ticket online? No online ticket sales
  • When can I buy the ticket? 60 days prior to departure

Route map of Bosphor Express

Bosphor Express (Bucharest Istanbul train) route map

Main stations Bosphor Express calls

Bosphor Express timetable

Train departure days: Every day during summer

Bosphor Express timetable
Bosphor Express timetable

* As of 6/2019. Please click for official timetable.

Ticket fares of Bosphor Express

Ticket fares for Bosphor Express-Uluslararası route*:

  • Couchette: 51.2 €/person
  • Sleeper: 70.2 €/person (Single room surcharge: 62.6 €)
  • Sleeper (3 berths): 59.2/person

* Fares are as of 6/2019 based on information at official websites.

More to know

  • Train departs from Halkali, where Marmaray suburban trains depart. It’s easy to reach station using Marmaray from any region in Istanbul.
  • Train passes through Kapikule/Svilengrad and Ruse/Giurgiu border crossings.
  • Bucharest wagons carried by Sofia Express between Halkali and Dimitrovgrad. Then wagons are carried by another train between Dimitrovgrad and Bucharest.
  • Check Balkan Flexipass if you are going to travel in Balkan countries by rail.

Some information may vary. For official information, please visit TCDD Taşımacılık, BDZ, CFR. Please read our disclaimer.