Moscow to Istanbul by train

Travel from Moscow (Russia) to Istanbul (Turkey) by train (1756km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Moscow in Russia to Istanbul in Turkey, the main route leads via Ukraine and Romania. Please read the following information and blog posts.

There are three different travel routes. Have a look on them and decide which one fits best for you.

1756 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 Moscow 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 - Moscow / Moscow - Ankara / Moscow - Izmir / Saint Petersburg - Istanbul / Saint Petersburg - Ankara / Saint Petersburg - Izmir / Yekaterinburg - Istanbul / Yekaterinburg - Ankara / Vladivostok - Istanbul / Vladivostok - Ankara

1 Moscow (Russia) - Chisinau (Moldova) - Bucharest (Romania) - Istanbul (Turkey)

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

1a Travelling from Moscow (Russia) to Chisinau (Moldova)

To travel from Russia to Moldova by train, buy your train ticket via one of the given booking links or locally at a train station in Russia.

There are daily overnight trains available from Moscow (Russia) via Ukraine to Chisinau (Moldova).

The following links could be interesting for you.

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Chisinau - Moscow / Saint Petersburg - Chisinau

1b Travelling from Chisinau (Moldova) to Bucharest (Romania)

To travel from Moldova to Romania by train, buy your tickets at a railway station or online at CFR.

From Chisinau there is a direct night train via Iasi to Bucharest. Additionally there are local trains from Ungheni across the border to Iasi with connections from Chisinau.

Where to buy a ticket from Chisinau to Bucharest?

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.

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
105/401 Chisinau - Bucharest

train company:
CFR Căile Ferate Române / CFM Calea Ferată din Moldova

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Bucharest - Chisinau

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 Bucharest (Romania) to Istanbul (Turkey)

To travel from Romania to Turkey by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Romania. There are no online tickets available.

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

In addition to this night train there are many bus connections available. These buses are quicker if you are travelling for example from Burgas (Bulgaria) to Istanbul.

Where to buy a ticket from Bucharest 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.

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Bucharest - Istanbul / D 493 Sofia - Istanbul

train company:
TCDD Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları / CFR Căile Ferate Române

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Istanbul - Bucharest / Bucharest - Ankara / Bucharest - Izmir / Arad - Istanbul / Sibiu - Istanbul / Timișoara - Istanbul / Brașov - Ankara / Brașov - Istanbul / Constanța - Istanbul / Constanța - Ankara

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2 Moscow (Russia) - Warsaw (Poland) - Budapest (Hungary) - Bucharest (Romania) - Istanbul (Turkey)

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

2a Travelling from Moscow (Russia) to Warsaw (Poland)

To travel by train from Russia to Poland, you have several direct trains. For schedules and ticket prices, please use the given booking links.

The following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Ж - F - Fast Train (Ж)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 23J/452 Moscow - Paris / EN 9S Moscow - Warsaw / EN 13M/440 Moscow - Berlin

train company:
PKP IC Polskie Koleje Państwowe Intercity / RZD Российские железные дороги

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Warsaw - Moscow / Moscow - Gdańsk / Moscow - Krakow / Saint Petersburg - Warsaw / Saint Petersburg - Gdańsk / Saint Petersburg - Krakow

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

2b Travelling from Warsaw (Poland) to Budapest (Hungary)

To travel from Poland to Hungary by train, the direct night trains from Warsaw and Krakow to Budapest are a good option. Buy your train tickets locally at a train station.

Where to buy a ticket from Warsaw to Budapest?

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
Budapest - Warsaw / Krakow - Budapest / Łódź - Budapest / Gdańsk - Budapest / Katowice - Budapest / Lublin - Budapest / Poznań - Budapest / Szczecin - Budapest / Wrocław - Budapest / Krakow - Siofok

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

2c Travelling from Budapest (Hungary) to Bucharest (Romania)

To travel from Hungary to Romania by train, buy your train tickets online from Hungarian Railway MAV START. They offer a variety of discounts for one way and return journeys as well as the cheap advance fare "Fortuna" tickets. Online tickets from MAV START have to be printed from ticket machines at stations in Hungary! Of course you can buy all tickets at international ticket desks at stations in Hungary as well.

International services run mainly from Budapest via the Lököshaza/Curtici border crossing to Arad and from there either to Timisoara and onwards to Craiova and Bucharest or via Simeria - Sibiu/Sighisoara - Brasov to Bucharest. Additional international express trains run via the Biharkresztes/Episcopia Bihor border crossing to Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Brasov.

Where to buy a ticket from Budapest to Bucharest?

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.
InterCity (IC) / Györsvonat (G)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 347 Vienna - Bucharest / IC 407 Budapest - Brașov / EN 473 Budapest - Bucharest / IC 79/1696 Budapest - Bucharest

train company:
MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START / CFR Căile Ferate Române

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

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

2d Travelling from Bucharest (Romania) to Istanbul (Turkey)

To travel from Romania to Turkey by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Romania. There are no online tickets available.

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

In addition to this night train there are many bus connections available. These buses are quicker if you are travelling for example from Burgas (Bulgaria) to Istanbul.

Where to buy a ticket from Bucharest 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.

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Bucharest - Istanbul / D 493 Sofia - Istanbul

train company:
TCDD Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları / CFR Căile Ferate Române

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Istanbul - Bucharest / Bucharest - Ankara / Bucharest - Izmir / Arad - Istanbul / Sibiu - Istanbul / Timișoara - Istanbul / Brașov - Ankara / Brașov - Istanbul / Constanța - Istanbul / Constanța - Ankara

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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3 Moscow (Russia) - Kiev (Ukraine) - Budapest (Hungary) - Bucharest (Romania) - Istanbul (Turkey)

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

3a Travelling from Moscow (Russia) to Kiev (Ukraine)

To travel from Russia to Ukraine by train, use one of the several daily train connections. There are day and night train connections available. Please use the following booking links to find schedules and ticket prices. And buy your ticket online or at a train station in Russia.

The following links could be interesting for you.

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Kiev - Moscow / Moscow - Dnipro / Moscow - Kharkiv / Moscow - Kryvyi Rih / Moscow - Lviv / Moscow - Luhansk / Moscow - Mykolaiv / Moscow - Sevastopol / Moscow - Odessa / Moscow - Zaporizhia

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

3b Travelling from Kiev (Ukraine) to Budapest (Hungary)

To travel from Ukraine to Hungary by train, buy your ticket online at a train station. It is possible to buy first an online ticket from Ukraine to the border station of Chop , online via one of the booking links. Then buy a second ticket from Chop (Ukraine) to Zahony (Hungary) across the border locally at the station. There are several daily trains crossing the border between Chop and Zahony. One of these conveys the sleeping cars from Kyiv and Lviv to Budapest.

Where to buy a ticket from Kiev to Budapest?

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.
поїзд (UZ)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
IC 81/33 Kiev - Budapest

train company:
MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START / UZ Укрзалізниця

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Budapest - Kiev / Lviv - Budapest

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

3c Travelling from Budapest (Hungary) to Bucharest (Romania)

To travel from Hungary to Romania by train, buy your train tickets online from Hungarian Railway MAV START. They offer a variety of discounts for one way and return journeys as well as the cheap advance fare "Fortuna" tickets. Online tickets from MAV START have to be printed from ticket machines at stations in Hungary! Of course you can buy all tickets at international ticket desks at stations in Hungary as well.

International services run mainly from Budapest via the Lököshaza/Curtici border crossing to Arad and from there either to Timisoara and onwards to Craiova and Bucharest or via Simeria - Sibiu/Sighisoara - Brasov to Bucharest. Additional international express trains run via the Biharkresztes/Episcopia Bihor border crossing to Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Brasov.

Where to buy a ticket from Budapest to Bucharest?

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.
InterCity (IC) / Györsvonat (G)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 347 Vienna - Bucharest / IC 407 Budapest - Brașov / EN 473 Budapest - Bucharest / IC 79/1696 Budapest - Bucharest

train company:
MÁV Magyar Államvasutak - MÁV START / CFR Căile Ferate Române

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

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

3d Travelling from Bucharest (Romania) to Istanbul (Turkey)

To travel from Romania to Turkey by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Romania. There are no online tickets available.

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

In addition to this night train there are many bus connections available. These buses are quicker if you are travelling for example from Burgas (Bulgaria) to Istanbul.

Where to buy a ticket from Bucharest 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.

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Bucharest - Istanbul / D 493 Sofia - Istanbul

train company:
TCDD Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları / CFR Căile Ferate Române

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Istanbul - Bucharest / Bucharest - Ankara / Bucharest - Izmir / Arad - Istanbul / Sibiu - Istanbul / Timișoara - Istanbul / Brașov - Ankara / Brașov - Istanbul / Constanța - Istanbul / Constanța - Ankara

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