ISTANBUL TO PARIS BY TRAIN

Travel from Istanbul (Turkey) to Paris (France) by train (2256 km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Istanbul in Turkey to Paris in France, you have the following options.
First travel from Istanbul (Turkey) either via Bucharest (Romania) to Budapest (Hungary). Or from Istanbul via Sofia (Bulgaria) and Belgrade (Serbia) to Budapest.
Continue from Budapest either via Zurich (Switzerland) or Munich (Germany) to France.

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

1 Istanbul (Turkey) - Bucharest (Romania) - Budapest (Hungary) - Zurich (Switzerland) - Paris (France) 2 Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Budapest (Hungary) - Munich (Germany) - Paris (France)

2256 km

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1 Istanbul (Turkey) - Bucharest (Romania) - Budapest (Hungary) - Zurich (Switzerland) - Paris (France)
The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.
1A Travelling from Istanbul (Turkey) to Bucharest (Romania)
If you want to travel from Turkey to Romania 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 (via Bulgaria) is the line from Istanbul via the Kapikule/Svilengrad border crossing. Currently the night train from Istanbul to Bucharest and Sofia is the only service across the border.
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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
Paris - Istanbul / Istanbul - Bucharest / Ankara - Bucharest / Istanbul - Arad / Istanbul - Sibiu / Ankara - Arad / Istanbul - Timișoara / Ankara - Brașov / Istanbul - Brașov / Istanbul - Constanța / Izmir - Bucharest

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Istanbul to Bucharest 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.

1B Travelling from Bucharest (Romania) to Budapest (Hungary)
Tickets from Romania to Hungary are available from international ticket offices at stations in Romania. There are a number of offers available, inlcuding discounts on regular one-way or return tickets as well as advance saver fares. However, online tickets from Romanian Railways CFR are not available for international journeys.

You can buy online tickets from Hungarian Railways MAV START, however online tickets from MAV START have to be printed from ticket machines at stations in Hungary!

International services run mainly from Bucharest either via Brasov - Sibiu/Sighisoara - Simeria or Craiova - Timisoara to Arad and then via the Curtici/Lököshaza border crossing to Budapest. Additional international express trains run from Brasov - Cluj Napoca - Oradea via the Episcopia Bihor/Biharkeresztes border crossing to Budapest.
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TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
InterRegio (IR)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 472 Bucharest - Budapest / IR 1695/78 Bucharest - Budapest / IC 406 Brașov - Budapest / EN 346 Bucharest - Vienna

TRAIN COMPANY
CFR Căile Ferate Române / MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Bucharest - Budapest / Brașov - Budapest / Timișoara - Budapest / Iași - Budapest / Cluj-Napoca - Budapest / Sibiu - Budapest / Sighișoara - Budapest

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Bucharest to Budapest 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.

1C Travelling from Budapest (Hungary) to Zurich (Switzerland)
To travel by train from Hungary to Switzerland, you have a direct overnight train from Budapest to Zurich and one direct day train (Railjet).
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TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Railjet (RJ)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 60466 Budapest - Zurich / EN 60467 Zurich - Budapest

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Budapest - Basel / Budapest - Bern / Budapest - Geneva / Budapest - Lausanne / Budapest - Lucerne / Budapest - Davos / Budapest - St. Moritz / Budapest - Zermatt / Budapest - Zurich / Budapest - Saas-Fee

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Budapest to Zurich 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.

1D Travelling from Zurich (Switzerland) to Paris (France)
There are several direct high-speed-trains available between Switzerland and France. Book your train ticket via one of the given links. As earlier you book, as cheaper the ticket prices are.
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TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
TGV Lyria France - Switzerland (Lyria)

TRAIN COMPANY
SBB Schweizerische Bundesbahnen / SNCF Société Nationale des Chemins de fer français

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Zurich - Paris / Basel - Paris / Zurich - Strasbourg / Basel - Strasbourg / Zurich - Lyon / Basel - Lyon / Zurich - Marseille / Basel - Marseille / Geneva - Paris / Lucerne - Paris

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Zurich to Paris 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.

2 Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Budapest (Hungary) - Munich (Germany) - Paris (France)
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.
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.
D 81032 Istanbul - Sofia / Bosfor Istanbul - Bucharest

TRAIN COMPANY
TCDD Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları / BDZ Български държавни железници

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Istanbul - Sofia / 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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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.

2B Travelling from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Belgrade (Serbia)
If you want to travel from Bulgaria to Serbia 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.

The only rail connection between the two countries is the line from Sofia to Nis via the border stations of Kalotina and Dimitrovgrad.
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TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
International Vlak (международни влак) (IV)

TRAIN COMPANY
BDZ Български държавни железници / SV Srbija Voz

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Sofia - Belgrade / Burgas - Belgrade / Varna - Belgrade / Plovdiv - Belgrade / Veliko Tarnovo - Belgrade / Sofia - Novi Sad / Sofia - Niš

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Sofia to Belgrade 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.

2C Travelling from Belgrade (Serbia) to Budapest (Hungary)
Direct train connections available from Serbia (Belgrade) to Hungary (Budapest) special saver prices. Buy your train ticket directly at the station.
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TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
EuroCity (EC)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
B340 Belgrade - Budapest

TRAIN COMPANY
MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Belgrade - Budapest / Novi Sad - Budapest

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Belgrade to Budapest 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.

2D Travelling from Budapest (Hungary) to Munich (Germany)
Tickets from Budapest and selected other stations in Hungary to Germany are available from DB (German Railways) via our partner link.

Advance fare tickets (Sparpreis Europa) offer very attractive fares and are valid for routes via either Czech Republic and Slovakia or via Austria.

If you need to start your travel from cities in Hungary where no ticket is available from online, buy your online ticket from the first possible station and get the ticket for the remaining part in Hungary locally. Ensure to plan with enough time for changing trains to cope for possible delays!
The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
EuroCity (EC) / Railjet (RJ) / IntercityExpress (ICE)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 462 Budapest - Munich / EN 476 Budapest - Berlin / EN 40490 nightjet Vienna - Düsseldorf / EN 490 nightjet Vienna - Hamburg

TRAIN COMPANY
MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START / DB Deutsche Bahn

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Budapest - Berlin / Budapest - Hamburg / Budapest - Munich / Budapest - Frankfurt am Main / Budapest - Cologne

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
rail.cc / Deutsche Bahn / Interrail Planer App

Buy your ticket from Budapest to Munich 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.

2E Travelling from Munich (Germany) to Paris (France)
To buy train tickets from Germany to France, compare the booking links we list. Prices are usually the same, but sometimes vary slightly.

Depending on where you start in Germany (and where you want to travel to in France), you can either use the route via Cologne by Thalys to Paris. Or from Frankfurt or Stuttgart via Strasbourg/Saarbrücken to Paris by TGV/ICE. There is also a direct train from Frankfurt in direction of Marseille.

If you want to use a night train, have a look at the Russian night train Moscow to Paris (enter in Berlin). A very nice experience and high quality.

The Europe Special price of Deutsche Bahn is available from EUR 39. As earlier you book, as cheaper the prices are.
The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
ICE Alleo Germany - France (ICE Alleo) / TGV Alleo France - Germany (TGV Alleo) / THALYS (THY)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 23J/452 Moscow - Paris

TRAIN COMPANY
DB Deutsche Bahn / SNCF Société Nationale des Chemins de fer français / THALYS Thalys

CONNECTIONS: popular connections travelled by other users
Paris - Istanbul / Berlin - Paris / Cologne - Paris / Düsseldorf - Paris / Frankfurt am Main - Paris / Hamburg - Paris / Hanover - Paris / Leipzig - Paris / Munich - Paris / Nuremberg - Paris / Stuttgart - Paris

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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Buy your ticket from Munich to Paris here.
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