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"Bucharest-Istanbul train" Train Tip by midnight_mike

Train, Istanbul: 13 reviews and 21 photos

The daily train from Burcharest in Romania to Istanbul is quite an experience. First, you have to dodge all the shady people in the Bucharest train station. Then you pass through Romanian border patrol, cross the Danube River and wait as the Bulgarian border patrol tries to figure out if you are a smuggler. As you wait for the train to start moving, children beg alongside men in adidas track suits who will ask if you want to change money. The rest of your day will be awfully boring as the Bulgarian landscape is not that interesting. I have passed through it six times, so I know what I'm talking about. In the middle of the night, you will be awoken by whistles as you arrive at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. Everyone has to get out of the train on the Turkish side and buy a visa (unless you are from a select few countries which don't need one). The train will be stopped for at least an hour, maybe longer.

As you travel through western Turkey, the train will rattle back and forth. It is actually a scary experience as it seems as though the train will fall off the tracks. As nerve wrecking as this may be, try to enjoy the sunrise and the beautiful landscape. In a couple of hours, you will be at Sirkeci station for your Istanbul adventure.

Mode: TO
Type: Train

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 11, 2006
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