Since train options look bad according to a previous answer, is there a direct bus from Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul, Turkey--preferably an express bus?

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    I don't know which previous answer you are referring to, but what is wrong with the Bosphorus Express? Jul 7, 2014 at 8:30
  • FYI, I did the train, there's only one departure a day (at least 5 years ago that was the case) but it was very smooth and easy, aside from a 3 hour stop to change engines (scheduled) in Bulgaria. Would do again.
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 7, 2014 at 14:25

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Well, if train is not an option you can take a bus. This company: http://marina.autogari.ro/index.php runs buses from Bucharest at 17:00, arriving 05:00 next day. Be warned however that if you find trains a bad option then you might not like this bus either. Here is a testimony from another site: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Transport/bus_bukres_ist_bad.html I take it with 'cum grano salis' myself, but then again i don't see a problem with a train either. I can't find any info about Bucharest, but i know from first hand that Turkish METRO company runs daily buses from Ruse on the border with Bulgaria that cost about 60 Bulgarian Lev(30 Euros) and I had nothing but great experiences with them.

Maybe the best option for you would be a Pegasus Fly company. They are a Turkish budget airline that flies daily from Bucharest to Istanbul and tickets can often be found for 40-50 Euros if booked in advance. http://www.flypgs.com/en/


Without local knowledge, it's hard to answer, but, the internets can come to your rescue. It seems you have to switch buses in Ruse:



From local internet search I see there are bus options from İstanbul, I think it takes about 12 hours. You may want to check this address they have Romania telephone numbers for reservation as well.


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