Direct trains between Bucharest and Istanbul and Thessaloniki will start operating on Friday. The summer trains operated by the Romanian state-owned company CFR Călători will run from 7 June to 7 October.
The two trains will allow Romanian tourists to access two major tourist destinations: Istanbul, Turkey, and Thessaloniki, Greece.
Direct train Bucharest – Thessaloniki (weekly)
Bucharest – Thessaloniki: Friday 12.40 – Saturday 6.59
Thessaloniki – Bucharest: Sunday 23.00 – Monday 18.55
This is a weekly service because tourists are interested to travel mainly during weekends. In Thessaloniki, the train will consist of a second-class wagon and a four-seat and 6-seater carriage. The train to Istanbul will be a four-seater carriage wagon in the cabin.
Direct train Bucharest – Istanbul (daily)
Bucharest – Istanbul: 12.40 – 7.40
Istanbul – Bucharest: 21.40 – 18.55
The train to Istanbul will run daily and depart from Bucharest at 12:40, arriving at Halkali Station at 7:40. The return will be at 21:40 in Halkali, arriving at the North Railway Station the next day at 18:55.
Between Halkali and the former Sirkeci railway station in Istanbul city center, the transfer is made by a bus provided by the Turkish railroad at no extra charge, based on the train ticket, according to a schedule set by the arrival of the train in Bucharest and departure it.