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I will travel from Istanbul to Sofia in February. Since the direct train route is no longer operational I'm looking to take a bus.

Which companies allow purchase of a ticket online in advance?

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    Have you tried looking for them online? Rome2Rio easily found this company metroturizm.com.tr/en/otobus-bileti/… – Kuba Jan 24 '17 at 13:27
  • I've found that company, they require a turkish cell phone number (which I don't have). – user1073075 Jan 24 '17 at 13:57
  • What's your source for "the direct train route" no longer being available? Seat61 claims there is indeed no direct connection by train, but the service still exists, and is temporarily and partially replaced by a bus connection. Is that not sufficient? – MastaBaba Jan 24 '17 at 14:28
  • It's indeed partially replaced by a bus connection and has become very cumbersome. – user1073075 Jan 24 '17 at 14:31
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It may be difficult to buy tickets in Turkey because most booking sites require both a Turkish ID number and Turkish format phone number. At busbud we've solved this for domestic routes, I'll check into getting this international route.

  • Can you book by giving a fake ID number and phone number? – JonathanReez Jan 24 '17 at 23:15

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