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).

  • 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? 19:00 hours
Bosphor Express route


Train departure days: Every day during summer

Bosphor Express timetable
Bosphor Express timetable

Though we work hard to keep timetables up-to-date, there may be short-term delays for update. Please check official timetable of train.


Tickets on sale 60 days prior to departure

How can I buy the ticket?

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Ticket officeStations with international ticket desk

WhatsApp support line: +90 (507) 321 82 33


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.


Main stations this train is calling at:

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