Istanbul to Igoumenitsa by train

Travel from Istanbul (Turkey) to Igoumenitsa (Greece) by train (758km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel from Istanbul in Turkey to Igoumenitsa in Greece, the easiest and fastest way is by bus. There is no direct train connection anymore between these two countries. Please read the information bellow.

There are two main routes. Compare them and decide which one feeds your needs best.

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How to use the following information: we show you the best routes and where to buy tickets. On longer routes you may need more than one ticket. Book your tickets step by step as explained. If you have questions about the route from Istanbul to Igoumenitsa, please ask in our forum. Of course, sometimes there are as well other travel routes possible.

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connections : popular connections travelled by other users

Igoumenitsa - Istanbul / Istanbul - Thessaloniki / Istanbul - Alexandroupoli / Istanbul - Larissa / Istanbul - Patras / Istanbul - Iraklion / Ankara - Athens / Ankara - Thessaloniki / Ankara - Alexandroupoli / Izmir - Athens

1 Istanbul (Turkey) - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Igoumenitsa (Greece)

The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.

1a Travelling from Istanbul (Turkey) to Thessaloniki (Greece)

To travel from Turkey to Greece, you have to use a bus. There is no direct train anymore. A train connection could be via Sofia (Bulgaria), but takes a lot more of time than by bus.
There are several direct (overnight) bus connections available from Istanbul (Turkey) to the bigger Greek cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, ...). Have a look at the links.

To book your ticket online, use the following city names to find connections.
Athens = Atina
Thessaloniki = Selanik
Istanbul = Istanbul Avrupa

1b Travelling from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Igoumenitsa (Greece)

Train tickets for Greece can be bought locally or online. Advance tickets for Intercity connections are cheaper than normal fare and are available online only.

Buy your ticket from Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa here.

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 following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Inter City (IC) / Proastiakos (P)

night trains: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
B 334 Thessaloniki - Belgrade / B335 Belgrade - Thessaloniki / T 600 Athens - Alexandroupoli / T 601 Alexandroupoli - Athens

bus: Bus connections that might be helpful.
Athens - Istanbul / Thessaloniki - Istanbul / Thessaloniki - Skopje

ferry: Ferry connections that might be helpful.
Patras - Ancona / Patras - Bari

train company:
OSE TRAINOSE / BLUE Blue Star Ferries / MINO Minoan Lines / METU Metro Turizm / CRZH Crazy Holidays

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Igoumenitsa - Thessaloniki / Athens - Alexandroupoli / Athens - Igoumenitsa / Athens - Iraklion / Athens - Larissa / Athens - Patras / Athens - Piraeus / Athens - Thessaloniki / Thessaloniki - Athens / Thessaloniki - Larissa / Thessaloniki - Patras

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2 Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Igoumenitsa (Greece)

The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.

2a Travelling from Istanbul (Turkey) to Sofia (Bulgaria)

If you want to travel from Turkey to Bulgaria by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Turkey. The best option is to buy it at the Sirkeci station in Istanbul. You will find international ticket counters at the train stations of larger cities. There are no online tickets available.

The only rail connection between the two countries is the line from Istanbul via the Kapikule/Svilengrad border crossing. Currently the night train from Istanbul to Sofia and Bucharest is the only service across the border.

Buy your ticket from Istanbul to Sofia here.

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 following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Standard (TCDD)

night trains: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Istanbul - Bucharest / D 81032 Istanbul - Sofia

train company:
TCDD Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları / BDZ Български държавни железници

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Sofia - Istanbul / Istanbul - Plovdiv / Istanbul - Varna / Istanbul - Burgas / Ankara - Sofia

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2b Travelling from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Thessaloniki (Greece)

If you want to travel from Bulgaria to Greece by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Bulgaria. You will find international ticket counters at the train stations of larger cities (Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna). At many stations, international tickets are sold at specific ticket offices, called RILA agencies, which are separate from the domestic ticket offices. There are no online tickets available.

There are two rail connections between Bulgaria and Greece, however only the line from Sofia to Thessaloniki via the Kulata/Strimon border crossing is open at the moment.

Buy your ticket from Sofia to Thessaloniki here.

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 following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
International Vlak (международни влак) (IV)

night trains: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
D 461/1461 Bucharest - Thessaloniki

train company:
BDZ Български държавни железници / OSE TRAINOSE

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Thessaloniki - Sofia / Sofia - Athens / Sofia - Patras / Sofia - Kalabaka / Plovdiv - Athens / Plovdiv - Thessaloniki

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
rail.cc / Deutsche Bahn

2c Travelling from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Igoumenitsa (Greece)

Train tickets for Greece can be bought locally or online. Advance tickets for Intercity connections are cheaper than normal fare and are available online only.

Buy your ticket from Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa here.

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 following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Inter City (IC) / Proastiakos (P)

night trains: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
B 334 Thessaloniki - Belgrade / B335 Belgrade - Thessaloniki / T 600 Athens - Alexandroupoli / T 601 Alexandroupoli - Athens

bus: Bus connections that might be helpful.
Athens - Istanbul / Thessaloniki - Istanbul / Thessaloniki - Skopje

ferry: Ferry connections that might be helpful.
Patras - Ancona / Patras - Bari

train company:
OSE TRAINOSE / BLUE Blue Star Ferries / MINO Minoan Lines / METU Metro Turizm / CRZH Crazy Holidays

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Igoumenitsa - Thessaloniki / Athens - Alexandroupoli / Athens - Igoumenitsa / Athens - Iraklion / Athens - Larissa / Athens - Patras / Athens - Piraeus / Athens - Thessaloniki / Thessaloniki - Athens / Thessaloniki - Larissa / Thessaloniki - Patras

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
rail.cc / Deutsche Bahn / OSE

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