Istanbul to Bucharest

Istanbul to Bucharest

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Istanbul to Bucharest Schedule

Istanbul to Bucharest Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK104307:00 - 08:15TRY 6,698
Tarom Economy #RO916408:35 - 08:50TRY 7,369
Tarom Economy #RO26210:40 - 11:55TRY 2,784
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103913:45 - 15:00TRY 8,869
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC704714:00 - 15:25TRY 2,664
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC36316:35 - 16:55TRY 1,374
Vib Kidik Turizm Standard 2X1 19:00 - 06:00TRY 1,034
Tarom Economy #RO916020:15 - 20:30TRY 5,396
FlixBus Economy 22:00 - 07:10TRY 798

Transportation from Istanbul to Bucharest

Facts about the transport from Istanbul to Bucharest

Cheapest Transport$34
Fastest Transport1h 15m
Earliest Departure7:00 AM
Latest Departure11:15 PM
Departures per day2
Distance675 kilometers
Transport CompaniesLilian Expres Turizm, Tarom, Turkish Airlines, Vib Kidik Turizm

Istanbul to Bucharest Destination Reviews

Very rude drivers, very unconfortable seats. Otherwise, a very good experience.
Bus Standard 2X1, Lilian Expres Turizm, Aug 9, 2022
There was these raciest old man that was fighting and making problems with all the passengers he didn’t allow us to sleep after 17 h on the way it was disappointing… the rest of the crew was very good just these old man he was so bad
Bus Standard 2X2, Lux Perla, Aug 2, 2022
Good trip. The only thing, kindly asking to reevaluate arrival time (yes, I've read the voucher). The natural delay at the Bulgarian border means in no case bus will arrive to Bucharest on time stated.
Bus Standard 2X1, Lilian Expres Turizm, Jul 22, 2022
I would not advise anyone to go by this carrier. We stood at the border for 9 hours, letting all the buses through. It was all of them - not only those ahead of us, but also those who came after us. We had 17 buses, and only when there was nobody at the border, we got through. I think the drivers could have adjusted this issue. Everything else was fine.
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Bus Standard 2X2, Marina Turizm, Jun 5, 2022
We took twice of the time announced.
Bus Standard 2X2, Marina Turizm, Dec 3, 2021
The ride from Istanbul to Bucharest took 25,5 hours in stead of 11,5 hours. 12 hours were lost at the Bulgarian/EU border, which could have been 10 hours if not the whole crew went for a sleep. Because of all this I missed my train in Bucharest (costs 110 euro), had a no-show in my hotel in Bucharest (costs 40 euro), had to reschedule my whole trip back to Holland etc. The crew did not take any interest in all this, there was no communications and when I complained they just laughed me out. For short, my worst bus trip ever! My advice, do not travel with this lousy company
Bus Standard 2X2, Lux Perla, Aug 16, 2021
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How to get from Istanbul to Bucharest

When you want to get from Istanbul to Bucharest, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Bus ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 48.74. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 33.19.

How far is Istanbul from Bucharest?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Istanbul to Bucharest. Your trip will be a total of 420 miles (675 km). The flying distance is 314 miles (504 km).

How long does it take to get from Istanbul to Bucharest?

The travel time from Istanbul to Bucharest can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Istanbul to Bucharest?

The cost of the trip from Istanbul to Bucharest varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Vib Kidik Turizm: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 33.19 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus - a one-way Bus ticket can cost as much as USD 48.74.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Istanbul to Bucharest:

  • Bus tickets - USD 33.20 to USD 48.74;
  • Plane tickets - USD 80.62 to USD 284.76;

How many trips per day are there between Istanbul and Bucharest?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 19:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 19:00. There are 2 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 80.62.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Istanbul to Bucharest

Tarom, Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Istanbul to Bucharest is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

The most popular transport from Istanbul to Bucharest

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Istanbul to Bucharest? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% decided to go for a bus.