Istanbul to Bucharest

Istanbul to Bucharest

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Istanbul to Bucharest Schedule

Istanbul to Bucharest Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Tarom Economy #RO916407:10 - 08:25$ 205.25
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC36111:05 - 12:25$ 139.25
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103913:20 - 14:35$ 169.69
Lux Perla Standard 2X2 15:00 - 02:00$ 23.23
Marina Turizm Standard 2X2 17:00 - 05:00$ 29.83
Bosfor Turizm Standard 2X2 18:00 - 04:30$ 35.06

Transportation from Istanbul to Bucharest

Istanbul to Bucharest Destination Reviews

Very rude drivers, very unconfortable seats. Otherwise, a very good experience.
Bus Standard 2X1, Lilian Expres Turizm, Aug 9, 2022
There was these raciest old man that was fighting and making problems with all the passengers he didn’t allow us to sleep after 17 h on the way it was disappointing… the rest of the crew was very good just these old man he was so bad
Bus Standard 2X2, Lux Perla, Aug 2, 2022
Good trip. The only thing, kindly asking to reevaluate arrival time (yes, I've read the voucher). The natural delay at the Bulgarian border means in no case bus will arrive to Bucharest on time stated.
Bus Standard 2X1, Lilian Expres Turizm, Jul 22, 2022
We took twice of the time announced.
Bus Standard 2X2, Marina Turizm, Dec 3, 2021
The ride from Istanbul to Bucharest took 25,5 hours in stead of 11,5 hours. 12 hours were lost at the Bulgarian/EU border, which could have been 10 hours if not the whole crew went for a sleep. Because of all this I missed my train in Bucharest (costs 110 euro), had a no-show in my hotel in Bucharest (costs 40 euro), had to reschedule my whole trip back to Holland etc. The crew did not take any interest in all this, there was no communications and when I complained they just laughed me out. For short, my worst bus trip ever! My advice, do not travel with this lousy company
Bus Standard 2X2, Lux Perla, Aug 16, 2021
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How to get from Istanbul to Bucharest

Travelling between Istanbul and Bucharest is possible by Flight and bus. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 348.39 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere USD 17.00.

How long does it take to get from Istanbul to Bucharest?

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 14 hours to travel between Istanbul and Bucharest depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Istanbul and Bucharest. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h 15m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 14h to reach Bucharest.

How much does it cost to get from Istanbul to Bucharest?

Travelling between Istanbul and Bucharest can be as cheap as USD 17.00 if you opt for a Luks Oklar Seyahat (Lüks Oklar Seyahat) bus and as expensive as USD 348.39 if you buy a Turkish Airlines flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Istanbul and Bucharest ?

  • 8 from Istanbul to Bucharest starting from 07:10 Istanbul New Airport until 19:35 Istanbul New Airport

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Istanbul to Bucharest.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Istanbul to Bucharest, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as USD 131.00.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Istanbul and Bucharest

Pegasus Airlines, Tarom, Turkish Airlines


Travelling from Istanbul to Bucharest overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Istanbul and Bucharest

Aris Tur, Bosfor Turizm, Luks Oklar Seyahat (Lüks Oklar Seyahat)

What is the most popular transport to get from Istanbul to Bucharest?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with flight remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 76% decided to fly
  • 24% opted for a bus