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Bosphorus Express night train

The Bosphorus Express night train travels between the Romanian capital of Bucharest to Istanbul in Turkey. With this night train, you can reach Istanbul (Halkali station) in almost 20 hours.

Please keep in mind that you will briefly have to get off the train in Kapikule, at the Turkish border, to get your passport stamped.


Bosphorus Express route

The Bosphorus Express night train runs daily between Bucharest (Bucuresti Nord station) and Istanbul (Halkali station) until October 9th.


Halkali station is situated on the Western outskirts of Istanbul, from here you can take a metro/Marmaray train to the city centre and under the Bosphorus to the Asian side. Make sure to have Turkish Lira notes beforehand, as most metro-ticket machines do not take bank cards.


The Bosphorus Express runs on the following route:

Bucharest – Istanbul


Please note that this train will be connected to the Sofia-Istanbul Express in the evening, before continuing to Istanbul.




Reservations for the Bosphorus Express are compulsory.

How to make reservations?

You can reserve your seat on the Bosphorus Express in the following ways:

  • At the train station in Bucharest, Romania, or Istanbul Halkali station, Turkey.


Reservation fees

  • 6-bed couchette: € 9.40 p.p.
  • 4-bed couchette: € 14 p.p.
  • Tourist/Triple sleeper : € 22 p.p.
  • Double sleeper: € 33 p.p.
  • Single sleeper: € 77



Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage racks
  • Power sockets


Facilities may differ per train and route.
There is no on-board catering on this train. We recommend you to bring your own snacks and drinks.

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