Istanbul - Bucharest / Bucharest - Plovdiv help!!!
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 22, 2011 2:28 PM Last Post By: battybilly
Jun 21, 2011 5:20 PM
I have a few questions that i cannot find the answer to anywhere! Please help if you can!
Which trip takes longer: Istanbul - Bucharest / Bucharest - Plovdiv.
Which trip is cheaper? What kind of prices am i looking at?
Should i take a bus or train?
Does anyone know some good bus companies?
Is it possible to go from Bucharest to Plovdiv without going through Sofia?
I realise i am asking a lot here but any information would be great!
Thanks a milliion!
Jun 21, 2011 10:19 PM
1I think both journeys by bus will mean at least one change somewhere.By trainyou can do either journey without changing,but I don't know the prices by train,but taking sleeping accomodation on it wil be a good idea.Bucharest to Plovdiv by bus is possible by changing in Russe and then going on to Plovdiv avoiding Sofia.Istanbul to Bucharest is possible by bus changing in either Varna or Constanta,but Constanta would be better.
Jun 22, 2011 2:09 AM
2Istanbul - Bucharest will be longer, as you have to pass through Bulgaria to get there.
There is a coach that goes from Istanbul - Sofia every day, not sure if it goes via Plovdiv.
I don't know of any coach service from Turkey to Romania, although thats just because I've never heard of one - not that it doesn't exist.
The trip from Bucharest - Plovdiv is a doddle, either by train or coach. I'd recommend the train for that one. Bucharest - Ruse - Plovdiv.
If I were doing the trip from Istanbul to Bucharest, I'd pay a bit more and take a plane.
Tarom do a non-stop flight from Ataturk to Otopeni for under €100 one way.
The coach takes forever - the flight is just over an hour.
THY do non-stop flights also (same duration) but their prices tend to be a bit higher. This is probably more to do with the millions they spend on advertising, rather than the quality of the flight.
Jun 22, 2011 2:07 PM
I think this would actually be faster to do by taking the bus to Sofia, and from Sofia taking a bus or train to Plovdiv. You will be going a bit out of your way by going through Sofia, but it will probably still be quicker than doing it by train. By train, I'm afraid it's probably going to be most efficient going through Sofia, too. (Using an overnight train from Bucharest-Sofia might make your travels more efficient so that you are traveling by night). The rail website www.bahn.de suggests the most efficient route from either Bucharest or Ruse to Plovdiv is through Sofia. So changing in Ruse probably doesn't make the trip more efficient. You could potentially take a train from Bucharest to Stara Zagora, and from there catch a train to Plovdiv, however the one train a day would drop you in Stara Zagora at 10 pm, probably too late to get to Plovdiv. So, unfortunately, I think you're pretty much left with the option of going through Sofia.
Istanbul to Bucharest is a longer journey -- about 20 hours (compared to about 14 hours for Bucharest-Plovdiv). The Istanbul-Bucharest train service, however, is direct. It leaves daily at 12:13 and arrives the next morning in Istanbul at 7:50. You will have a bus option, too, which will save several hours, but that is a grueling ride on a bus. (15 hours on a bus is just too much for me.)
Jun 22, 2011 2:28 PM
4I was thinking the train ride more for the scenery. So much nicer than the bus journey. Plus Ruse is a lovely town. I know how much you like VT, but I think Ruse is many times better.
Just a thought.
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