ISTANBUL TO SOFIA BY TRAIN

Travel from Istanbul (Turkey) to Sofia (Bulgaria) by train (505 km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Istanbul in Turkey to Sofia in Bulgaria, there is only one rail connection between both countries via the border crossing at Kapikule/Svilengrad.

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1 Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria)

505 km

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1 Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria)
1A 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.
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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.
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
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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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.

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