Night train Istanbul - Sofia
D 81032/492 Balkan Express (D 81032)

Night train D 81032 from Istanbul to Sofia. Where to buy tickets. Schedule information, seats, couchettes and sleepers.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.

The night train from Istanbul to Sofia operates again from Halkali station from February 2017. The train conveys couchette and sleeping cars only.

From June 2 a direct couchette car will operate from Istanbul via Sofia to Belgrade and the train will also convey sleeper and couchette cars from Istanbul to Bucharest until the station of Dimitrovgrad.

The trains start at Halkali station on the outskirts of Istanbul. To get to the station from the city centre a shuttle bus from Sirkeci station is provided.

Read more in the blog, see link below.
Station Arrival Departure
TR Istanbul (Halkalı Garı) 22:40
TR Çerkezköy   00:12 00:14
TR Edirne   02:20 02:21
TR Kapıkule   02:37 03:20
BG Svilengrad (Station) 03:37 04:22
BG Dimitrovgrad (Station) 05:04 05:09
BG Plovdiv (Tsentralna Gara) 05:53 06:05
BG Pazardzhik (Station) 06:33 06:34
BG Septemvri (Гара) 06:44 06:45
BG Sofia (Gare Centrale) 08:45

You do not have to change trains. The times are for information only.

Connection available on these week days (1=Monday / 7=Sunday)

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Travel this route in reverse direction:

D 493 / Sofia-Istanbul
Couchette 6 | 6-berth-compartment | 2nd class Buy
Couchette 4 | 4-berth-compartment | 2nd class Buy
Sleeper 2 | 2-bed-compartment | private washing facility | 2nd class Buy
Sleeper 1 | 1-bed-compartment | private washing facility | 1st class Buy
Note: for ticket fares please follow the given booking links. Prices may vary depending on the route, purchase date and comfort category.

Category: Only the available categories are listed.

Eurail: if you want to travel this route by Eurail instead of train tickets, have a look here for reservation fees and further information.


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