Ljubljana to Istanbul by train

Travel from Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Istanbul (Turkey) by train (1292km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Ljubljana in Slovenia to Istanbul in Turkey, the main route leads via Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Please read the following information and blog posts.

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1292 km

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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 Ljubljana to Istanbul, 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

Istanbul - Ljubljana / Ljubljana - Ankara / Ljubljana - Izmir / Bled - Istanbul / Bled - Ankara / Bled - Izmir

1 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Zagreb (Croatia) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Istanbul (Turkey)

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

1a Travelling from Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Zagreb (Croatia)

If you want to travel from Slovenia to Croatia by train, buy your ticket locally at a train station in Slovenia. There are several discounted tickets available, for instance the Zagreb Spezial from Ljubljana to Zagreb: single 9€, return 18€. Tickets are not available online, only at stations.

There are several railway lines between Slovenia and Croatia, the most important being the main line from Ljubljana to Zagreb via the Dobova/Savski Marof border crossing. Here you will find several international express trains. Other major international lines run from Ljubljana to Rijeka and from Ljubljana to Pula.

Where to buy a ticket from Ljubljana to Zagreb?

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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train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
EuroCity (EC) / Mednarodni vlak (MV)

train company:
SŽ Slovenske železnice / HŽ Hrvatske Željeznice Putnički Prijevoz

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Zagreb - Ljubljana / Ljubljana - Pula / Ljubljana - Split / Ljubljana - Rijeka / Ljubljana - Dubrovnik / Ljubljana - Osijek / Bled - Zagreb / Bled - Split / Bled - Pula

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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1b Travelling from Zagreb (Croatia) to Belgrade (Serbia)

If you want to travel from Croatia to Serbia by train, buy your ticket locally at a train station in Croatia.

There is currently one day train connection both countries on the main line from Zagreb to Belgrade.

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connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Belgrade - Zagreb / Zagreb - Novi Sad / Zagreb - Niš / Dubrovnik - Belgrade / Osijek - Belgrade / Pula - Belgrade / Rijeka - Belgrade / Split - Belgrade / Zadar - Belgrade / Knin - Belgrade

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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1c Travelling from Belgrade (Serbia) to Sofia (Bulgaria)

If you want to travel from Serbia to Bulgaria by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Serbia. You will find international ticket counters at the train stations of larger cities (Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad,...). There are no online tickets available.

The only rail connection between the two countries is the line from Nis to Sofia via the border stations of Dimitrovgrad and Kalotina.

Update: the direct day train from Belgrade to Sofia runs once again.

Where to buy a ticket from Belgrade to Sofia?

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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train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Brzi (B)

train company:
SV Srbija Voz / BDZ Български държавни железници

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

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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1d Travelling from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Istanbul (Turkey)

If you want to travel from Bulgaria to Turkey 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 via the Svilengrad/Kapikule border crossing to Istanbul. Currently the night train from Sofia and Bucharest to Istanbul is the only service across the border.

Where to buy a ticket from Sofia to Istanbul?

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.

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

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