Thessaloniki to Istanbul by train

Travel from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Istanbul (Turkey) by train (510km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel from Thessaloniki in Greece to Istanbul in Turkey, the easiest and fastest way is by bus. There is no direct train connection anymore between these two countries. Please read the information bellow.

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

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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 Thessaloniki 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

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1 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Istanbul (Turkey)

1a Travelling from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Istanbul (Turkey)

To travel from Greece to Turkey, you have to use a bus. There is no direct train anymore. A train connection could be via Sofia (Bulgaria), but takes a lot more of time than by bus.
There are several direct (overnight) bus connections available from the bigger Greek cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, ...) to Istanbul (Turkey). Have a look at the links.

To book your ticket online, use the following city names to find connections.
Athens = Atina
Thessaloniki = Selanik
Istanbul = Istanbul Avrupa

2 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Istanbul (Turkey)

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

2a Travelling from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Sofia (Bulgaria)

If you want to travel from Greece to Bulgaria by train, buy your train ticket locally at the train station in Thessaloniki. There are no online tickets available.

There are two rail connections between Greece and Bulgaria, however only the line from Thessaloniki to Sofia via the Strimon/Kulata border crossing is open at the moment.

Buy your ticket from Thessaloniki 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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train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Tréno (T)

night trains: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
D 1460/460 Thessaloniki - Bucharest

train company:
BDZ Български държавни железници / OSE TRAINOSE

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Sofia - Thessaloniki / Athens - Sofia / Athens - Plovdiv / Thessaloniki - Plovdiv / Kalabaka - Sofia / Patras - Sofia

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2b 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.

Buy your ticket from Sofia to Istanbul 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.

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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