Sofia to Istanbul by train

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

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

Your travel route could be like that.

505 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 Sofia to Istanbul, please ask in our forum. Of course, sometimes there are as well other travel routes possible.

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1 Sofia (Bulgaria) - Istanbul (Turkey)

1a 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.

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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. Deutsche Bahn

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Eurail: if you want to travel this route by Eurail instead of train tickets, have a look here for reservation fees and further information.

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