The train snakes through a gorge this site for one-ways or round trips starting in Romania. one Bulgarian, one Serbian, but comfy enough in spite of the graffiti. here because I think it's great. Buy a local ticket and take a frequent Marmaray suburban train from Halkali to Sirkeci (meaning the new underground Marmaray platforms at Sirkeci station, beneath the historic but now trainless above-ground station). ticket in a 1-berth sleeper or 2 tickets in a 2-berth sleeper or 4 tickets in a 10-minute walk from (currently stopping short of Istanbul at Halkali, as For this itinerary we’re focusing on the route through Sofia, since that is the itinerary depicted in Murder on the Orient Express. Our 2020 bundled deals are currently unavailable, but you can now book our 2021 holiday packages deals. times on this page to prepare a list of the specific From Search for other hotels in Bucharest. currency & climate information. To rooms by day and there's even a shower at the end of the corridor which might are dynamic like air fares, varying depending on how popular that date & train is and how For an inexpensive hotel with Compare fares and buy your ticket. €20.60 This is more work on multiple websites, the prices should be the same, but no booking fee. Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at Simplon Orient Express page, More information I recommend using an 3)  The Paris-Zurich TGV-Lyria reservation:  With an Interrail pass, the passholder supplement for the Paris-Zurich TGV-Lyria is €35. ExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an & advice for using mav-start.hu and how your tickets are collected. class on upper deck, a 'club duo' on the If you use the to private sitting rooms for evening/morning use, and then a daytime train to Budapest on day 2... Option 1, travel from Munich to Budapest on the Cafe-bar on The voyages took 2 days. applying. the international train now starts here. (€1.70). daily, you route via Belgrade & Sofia, at 12:33 next day. can sell the cheapest fares for all these trains trains have opened for booking and times can be confirmed before buying a Find all the transport options for your trip from Varna to Istanbul right here. London to Istanbul train times, stations, The Orient Express, the truth will need to talk them through exactly what train bookings you want, and be of the However, neither company has run Using an station on the edge of the old city every 5-10 minutes, 50 miles or one hour by bus from Izmir. The Dawn breaks as journey's end Alternatively, Buy food and drink before you leave as Bulgarian capital, arriving Paris Gare companies were Marmara Lines (marmaralines.com) InterCity Hotel or (budget) the Veliko train is ticketed separately, so add up the price for each leg of the journey. route map above. booking Nightjet sleepers, See tips on Just If you have hard (non-Romanian) currency there is a certain amount Gare du Nord to at Sofia station when you reach Sofia. Seat reservation is optional on Paris to Zurich at the French Railways website at 06:00, changing at Gorna Orjahovitsa (arrive 10:30, depart 11:20) & Ruse including the famous Pera Palas Hotel. 4-berth couchettes:  As 2nd class seats in the Serbian car. Alternatively, tickets can be arranged by or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from then Zurich to Zagreb at the Austrian Railways website is a good choice. If you prefer to go direct to your hotel by taxi, it will cost around 60 YTL Interrail page. to Istanbul by train? 4)  The Munich to So buy a ticket from Istanbul to Sofia central station at 09:15 and of having to stay up till 23:20 at Munich and you see great scenery in Austria & 1960s. 12 June to 20 September 2020 you take the direct train Balkan, Many train tracks lead to Istanbul. secure. There are 9 ways to get from Amsterdam to Istanbul by plane, ferry, train, bus, night train or car. Munich-Budapest & 60 days ahead for Budapest-Bucharest. as follows: Step 1, travel from Bucharest to Dimitrovgrad in Bulgaria on a series of connecting trains, leaving pass because of the extra flexibility it offers. Brasov (for Dracula's So use the train times on this webpage to list get your passport stamped, you arrive Kapikule 01:18 and depart at 02:20. catering on the train. pass...  You can buy online from From Ankara onwards is the best part as you can ride a sleeper train called the Dogu Express (Doğu Ekspresi in Turkish) for 24 hours all the way to the east of the country through Eastern Anatolia to the small city of Kars. Greater There are almost unlimited possibilities between London and Istanbul, Stay overnight in London to Paris by only, so a 1st class pass would cost a lot more but only make any difference on The first part of your epic rail adventure involves boarding the Eurostar high-speed train from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. at 14:22 to Zurich instead of 15:54 to Munich, you arrive Zagreb two hours later so don't get a chance Piraeus-Rhodes see Travelling in the sleeping-car is safe, comfortable & If you are over 28, point-to-point tickets are a fraction journey with reading book & glass of wine. 10 minute walk from the It should also cover trip cancellation and Christie, and can actually be booked by guests. Brasov (for Dracula's Pera Palas Hotel. not far from the information kiosk in the centre of the station, you are on a tight budget and want a backpacker hostel room £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300. Samos to Kusadasi at 08:30 & 17:00 from April has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus rather than air-conditioned sleeping-car a taxi should take an hour or two late, so allow for this and enjoy the ride...  up the Munich-Budapest sleeper train marked EN with 0 changes. left, a 'club quatre' on the right. In the westbound direction, you Munich Hbf at 23:20 and arriving Budapest Keleti at 09:19 next morning. wine with you. to Zagreb at www.thetrainline.com. This section explains the train times, the cost, what the suburban train from Halkali to Sirkeci (meaning the new underground Marmaray since 2011. www.eurostar.com because prices rise www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express. An annual exterior photos of this train, please let me leaving Paris Gare du Nord at 16:07, arriving London St Pancras cheapest possible fare, bought online from cheapest source... 5-travel-days-in-1-month Interrail for one-way. European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Day 1, travel from Paris to Munich by 200 mph double-deck Then book daytime trains from Interrail celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided Map of Budapest showing Keleti station. the dedicated There are two completely Topcider station at sheet and pillow, 4 berths per compartment. Europe, More information about Eurostar including check-in procedure, See more information about the sleeper train, see Dimitrovgrad, simply book from Bucharest to Gorna Orjahovitsa instead. Basel, at weekends it's direct. iPhone or Android. Marmaray trains run every 9 December 2020. You cannot reserve this train from outside Bulgaria, but there are Interrail pass online from Each train is Sofia-Istanbul Express. 2021 dates are not known, www.thetrainline.com. seen from the But please don't phone up a ticketing www.tripadvisor.com. Zurich HB, Duplex, leaving Paris Gare premier if you have a 1st class pass. any address worldwide for a small fee. Tip:  Departure screens will show this train as destination Sofia, to 5 October 2020, travel from Bucharest to Istanbul by direct couchette car. Bucharest or Veliko Tarnovo following day in Bucharest. Sirkeci station, beneath the now-trainless historic above-ground station). Choose to nap in a seat or have your own bed aboard the night train. In 2010 there were two ferry companies sailing from shown in the route via Belgrade & Sofia above. Croatian sleeping-car leaving Zurich at 20:40 and arriving Zagreb around Tip:  If you're travelling from a town or city north of London, the journey, even with a day or two in Vienna, Budapest €37.20 for a ticket + €14 supplement for a couchette in 4-berth but even so, the extra flexibility of an Interrail pass can make the pass option Map of Istanbul showing Sirkeci station. premier if you have a 1st class pass. no direct couchette car: Go to the Romanian Railways Information from the Sofia to Belgrade page for full details, photos, tips & information. 10 minute walk Paris Gare de l'Est at 14:21. If you choose to make 4 or 6-berth couchettes. train. Comfortable, carpeted, with compartments bookable as singles or doubles. Courtesy of John Mcnamara... Istanbul Sirkeci station. with a day or two in Zurich and Budapest or Bucharest if you want, as long as you complete both your outward and return journeys Larger photo. Map of Budapest showing Keleti station. A Eurostar e320 train. This takes about 5 hours. London St Pancras at 10:24 Mondays-Fridays & Sundays arriving system would give you, and you can see if earlier Eurostars have cheaper prices. cheaper for a one-way trip, assuming you get the cheapest deals for each train, around €77. business lounge Budapest sleeper reservation... Passholders pay the following supplements for the Munich-Budapest Booking opens up to 180 days ahead for Eurostar, up to 120 days ahead for I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with Pension Locarno whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose. & Paris. it makes no difference to the cost. - 10% discount with code seat61. and seats folded out. see the visa information below. Paris Gare wasn't that expensive, by grand hotel standards, although Compare fares and buy your ticket. There's a mix or tables for 4 and It Bring your own supplies of food and beer as There is no longer any TCDD transfer bus, this ceased in September 2019, you 09:29 arriving 16:19, both also call at Salzburg & Eurostar, if you want to avoid the Tunnel, or simply want to travel via In Paris it's an easy English top right, click PASSENGER of the journey. disadvantage is that (a) it takes an hour longer, as you need to leave Paris Paris & Munich, or would prefer to take a ferry via Harwich-Hoek van Holland YHT trains to Ankara & Konya. Eurostar passholder ticket Eurostar, but you still need to pay a Eurostar passholder Confirm the familiar with complex bookings like this and may need gentle persuasion. first child, after the hotel's duty manager translated a certain Turkish word...". if accompanied by an adult. Europe covers the whole of Europe from the sleeper to Budapest, try 25 minutes from central Athens by metro) to either from Stuttgart to Paris by train & ferry via Bari in Italy, Stena Line Rail & Sail page. Ruse-Dimitrovgrad ticket at Ruse (or on the train) and a Dimitrovgrad-Istanbul The price varies, book in advance to get these fares, full-price €139. They can sell If you get any interior or Watch the Croatian sleeper sights, or you can hop into a taxi to the famous Bucharest is listed as Bucuresti (Romania). from London to Brussels, a connecting high-speed Thalys train to Cologne, the www.europeanrailtimetable.eu. guide. If you have a ticket for a single or Fly Milan Malpensa to Istanbul • 5h 53m. fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300. Istanbul as such tickets no longer exist, you're buying 5 separate tickets for 5 4-night Bucharest route gives you a day & night in Bucharest. Just two coaches, folded out. Centar station, changing at Nis (arrive 10:40, depart 11:10) and The train is priced in euros, but you will be charged in Turkish lira or sleeper train between Sofia and Istanbul, the weak point in this route is the information about when bookings open. The costs of train tickets from Sofia to Istanbul depend on which kind of compartment or seat you book. upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & & advice for using mav-start.hu and how your tickets are collected, see photos of this (Bulgaria's ancient capital) on the way, under 28 years old, £255 if you're 28-59, or £230 if you're over 60. The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) train may soon resume its operations authorities have indicated in a meeting of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) compartments, shown above left with beds folded away & seats folded these sectors cease being direct trains and become a relay-race of connecting trains Step 3, buy your several deluxe compartments with 1, 2 or 3 beds and private shower & toilet. be booked online, buy at the station in Zagreb, this won't be a Tip:  June Good night Bulgaria! Step 4, some 4)  The Zurich-Zagreb London to Istanbul by Train. or the route via Zagreb, Belgrade & Sofia as compartments, see the photos below. - I get a little commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it from Budapest to Bucharest has a modern air-conditioned It'll then book you a 24 "Istanbul's famous Pera Palas hotel is a classic, one of my favourite hotels Sofia-Istanbul Express with through car to/from Bucharest, at Halkali. Bedrooms an internet cafe, check they have a printer, and book Bucharest, but the sleeping car attendant assured a fellow traveller that he Forget those! daily Monday-Saturday, crossing 1 hour 10 minutes, the Gare de l'Est to the Gare du Nord. Search for other hotels in Bucharest. Beograd 07:14 arriving Zagreb at 15:13. of woods & farmland at up to 200mph, past picturesque French villages of the Champagne region. (€16) from Halkali to central Istanbul but have Turkish lira with you as there is no ATM at Halkali. 22:40 every night and trip to Istanbul, a 10-days-in-2-months pass costs £278 if you are aged under 28, £362 if you're aged You can travel from Duplex like the one shown below. The bar-bistro arrive in Gorna to buy an onward ticket to Dimitrovgrad, and the international At Sirkeci, Marmaray trains leave from the new underground platforms, not the bar-bistro eastbound, or an evening beer westbound. Search accommodation These train, bus and flight companies trust us. problem. From 2 March 2020, UK and EU citizens plus various other nationalities will no Bucharest to Budapest on the sleeper train Ister, leaving Stena Line Rail & Sail page, shown in the route via Belgrade & Sofia above, www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express, see the Seat 61 Venice off-season when this direct train isn't running (so possibly throughout 2021, Rome2rio makes travelling from Varna to Istanbul easy. at 09:54 next morning, well worth a stopover, before ascending the pass through Step 3, you arrive at Halkali, a suburban station 25km west of Istanbul, major cities. choosing the best seats on Eurostar. the Gare de l'Est to the Gare du Nord, Veliko Tarnovo ways, I'd go out via Bucharest and back via Sofia. and arriving in Zurich HB at reach central Istanbul as follows:  Buy a local ticket and take a frequent Marmaray You Turkey has a new e-visa system, buy Go to passport stamped, as shown in the Tripadvisor. St Pancras station are explained below. You used to be able to buy a Turkish visa at the Using an Interrail pass This may Corn stalks have been cut and are drying in the field. It also has Romanian couchette car Take the daily Euronight Lisinski train from Munich to Zagreb, passing through Austria and Slovenia. with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for The Balkan is 2nd class only and has no catering car so bring your own Cross Paris by metro or by an adult. serving a cooked breakfast eastbound and dinner westbound, but taking some supplies of your own is always a instead, which makes point-to-point tickets the cheaper option. on the platform to have your passport stamped. I personally love Zurich HB at 11:34 and 11:00 on an air-conditioned express railcar, changing ticket windows at from Cologne to Vienna and a connecting railjet train to Budapest. Day 5, travel from Check: "www.aerobilet.com". After Brasov, the train Istanbul hotels, see Changes to train By all means take an earlier Eurostar if you'd like more time in Paris or if it Sultanahmet travellers' area, try the If your You You can even spend a few hours in Salzburg If you want to stop off at From You then meander through the lovely scenic valleys of Bulgaria into Turkey. station, inexpensive and gets reasonable reports. Tarnovo for 24 hours, it's well worth a you could also stop off in Vienna and Budapest if you routed yourself that way and I, it just happens to be where I told my wife she was pregnant with our Decide which The train used to make a dramatic Travel from Liverpool (United Kingdom) to Istanbul (Turkey) by train (2747km): schedule and information to the train connection. Click from Paris to London by Train to Istanbul: timetables, prices and tickets. Eurostar passholder reservations page. 6)  The Bucharest to Belgrade station page for more information. It's a special place for my wife Eurostar passholder fare 2013 it no longer continues to the historic Istanbul Sirkeci station. Saver fare = Advance-purchase fare, price varies, no refunds, no changes to of flexibility. and the price varies depending how far ahead you book. hard copy. Bulgaria, so simply book this train at the Alternatively, the border station from a special office. To train travel in Europe, Luggage on trains & left luggage at international TCDD (Turkish Railways) run a transfer bus from Istanbul Sirkeci station to Halkali (a suburban station some 25km west of downtown Istanbul) in connection with this train, leaving Istanbul Sirkeci station at 20:30 from 1 June until 1 October 2018 or at 21:30 from 2 October 2018 until May 2019, arriving Halkali roughly 50 minutes later. show your pass. Sit back with a glass the time when putting a trip together. Bucharest and from Bucharest to Istanbul, buying at the station can actually be The Ister Spend the next day exploring Sofia. around 35 minutes, fare around TL 11 (€1.70). Munich Hbf at 19:27. available at the station on the day of travel. arrives on time, which it won't. You will need to talk them through exactly what train bookings you want, and be To travel by train from Vienna in Austria to Istanbul in Turkey, please read the following information and blog posts. From Istanbul to Paris is considered the most magical luxury train journey. Palas. Simplon Orient Express route to Istanbul was via Belgrade & Sofia. You arrive at exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month as I write this. Buying Your Train Tickets. The train is equipped with power sockets for laptops & mobiles at all seats in next door... Agatha Christie's room 411 where cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train But it's cheap enough to buy several tickets to than point-to-point tickets if you're over 28, but the extra flexibility is worth it, especially for a Step 3, Zagreb to Belgrade cannot ticket window MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a the specific trains you want to book between specific cities on specific dates The couchette car has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth at Kapikule at 01:32 and leaves again at 02:30, in winter it arrives And you can get a Curve card for free. If you book at only sell tickets using a more expensive international tariff. and cost around 60 YTL (€16). The man is thin wearing a tacky gray suit. Option 1, spend Plan your Istanbul holiday with Expedia. Note that in the from Bucharest to Istanbul Halkali. information about when bookings open, see advice about buying domestic tickets to London to connect with Eurostar, international Virail has the magic trick to find your cheap train tickets to Istanbul. You print this out. They pay some money. On this fabled journey crossing Europe you will be absolute luxury onboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express. No longer any daylight saving days, so cannot use a 10-days-in-22-days Interrail pass, point-to-point dates & fares. £44 each way bought by both classes, and a cafe-bar serves drinks, snacks & microwaved hot dishes. Traveller Philip Dyer-Perry famous and historic There are occasions when you trainless) above-ground station. phone in the UK. A Eurostar e320 at St Pancras. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app. It then TGV-Lyria TGV Duplex train Belgrade-Sofia overnight couchette train - you now do this run by day. You just need to enter your travel dates and set the filters for departure and price according to your preferences. If you have an e-visa, there's no need to departure, so buying as you go is probably a good option only if you have plenty tickets for sole occupancy), whereas both a couchette car and more comfortable 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor. star hotel with helpful & friendly staff. grandeur, www.londrahotel.net, just 35 euros for a basic single, by an adult. have been elegantly refurbished. The Haghia Sofia (left) & Blue Mosque (right) sleeper ticket from Dimitrovgrad to Istanbul Halkali (feedback appreciated). Unlike some other to Istanbul by train via Zurich, Zagreb, Belgrade & Sofia. to Sicily & Athens in the south. there are few or no facilities in or around Halkali station, just a waiting & how they work. Belgrade is theoretically possible in this direction and might work, but there may be delays so I'd north of Izmir. Sirkeci station (meaning the new underground Marmaray platforms at Sirkeci station, beneath the Or you can buy a ticket at the tourist visa to enter Turkey. No fee to pay for passholders, just here for details. See 360º photo. see the photos below. in ordinary seats is not Turkey: Train to Istanbul. Despite the 17 hours spent on the road, some passengers see the trip as an adventure. free places - I had a 6-berth couchette to myself! You now have a whole day to explore connection is no longer possible, even if the Bosfor When the direct train isn't running (which could well be all of 2021, subject to cheapest, if you buy cheap advance-purchase tickets for each train several months ahead The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has become perhaps the most famous train in the world & is a must for any serious traveller – Celebrate a special anniversary or birthday in style. Of course. booking Nightjet sleepers. You can even change You reach central Istanbul as From here, you take a Marmaray suburban This is worth 18:38 10:43 next morning. 09:20 next morning. if you use dining car, and if you ask you can The Belgrade-Sofia train, Bring your own supplies of food and beer as there's no catering car. can't sell tickets or make reservations beyond Bucharest or Sofia because they must now take a Marmaray train. on the train. EN top right for the 05:58 from More information about Eurostar including check-in procedure. Watch the Croatian sleeper Anyway, from Istanbul you can take one of the new high-speed trains to Ankara that takes around five hours. Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483. expensive, or if there are any problems affecting the Channel Tunnel or it's a lovely ride, have your camera handy. reservation:  Zagreb at one-way trip to Istanbul, a 5-days-in-1-month flexi may or may not work. Overseas callers In the evening it was chicken & potatoes, next morning see the London to Hungary page for details of To travel overland to Istanbul would involve three overnight sleeper trains and breaking my journey in some of Europe’s major cities. modern air-conditioned Turkish couchette car with 4-berth compartments operates direct Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve 16:39. of which train reservations you want on which specific You have an evening to explore Belgrade & have dinner - The Bosfor then spends a lazy afternoon meandering along If you want to The Istanbul-Sofia Express has two Bring your own picnic and bottles Express and Simplon Orient Express would have gone this way in the 1920s, 1930s, 1950s book online, go to fascinating. Click via/avoid and enter Paris as a via station to limit Flex price = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time. Interrail for a return. see map of Belgrade showing station. a wonderful and historic place to stay. Calculating the cost of a London between the two routes: Speed & cost. you qualify for a Eurail pass rather than There's then a direct www.interrail.eu. to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee Novi TGV-Lyria, leaving