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bike on the Bosphorus Express train Istanbul-Bucharest?

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bike on the Bosphorus Express train Istanbul-Bucharest?

Hello everybody,

In june I will cycle from my hometown in Belgium to Istanbul. Once in Istanbul, I want to take the train back to Bucharest, Romania to stay another week or so there (to visit some friends). Has anyone some info about the Bosphorus Express which is the direct train between Istanbul and Bucharest? I cant find the proper information on the website of the Turkish Railways and there is only a phone number to ask for information (I will try that later :) )

- I found out there is a replacing bus service for the train for some parts of the route - as there are some construction works going on. Is that correct?
- Can you easily take your bike both on the train and the bus?
- Is it necessary to make a reservation long before?

Thank you very much to anyone who would read this and can give me some more info!

Toby, Belgium

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Hello to anyone who would

Hello to anyone who would ever read this:
in the end, my warmshowers host in Istanbul advised me to take the bus from istanbul to Bucharest and it worked out very well!

Ther is a daily bus from Istanbul to Bucharest, leaving at 15h00 in Istanbul Emniyet bus station (Aksaray neighbourhood) - travel time is about 12 hours (depending how long it takes at the Turkish - Bulgarian Border). Price was 35 euro.
http://astorosturizm.com/iletisim.htm or http://www.ortadogutur.com.tr/ Although its very hard to get information if you dont speak turkish or romanian. I just went to the bus station and bought the ticket there - no more-in-advance reservation was needed.

Happy cycling!

Toby

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How about Budapest-Istanbul

How about Budapest-Istanbul connection (bus/train)?

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Hello,

Hello,

for the part Istanbul --> Bucharest, see above. In Bucharest, the bus terminal is Autogara Perla Trans, Soseau Viilor nr.54, Sector 5. (Well, at least that's where the bus from Istanbul brought me, there are a lot of other autogara's in Bucharest anyway).

Next, I went from Bucharest Gara de Nord with the train to Arad (Romanian border town near Hungary). Very convenient - lots of place to put your bike on the train). I advise you to go one day before to the box office at gara de nord because not all trains accept bikes - so just be sure. Price is about 30 euro.

The Romanian train is rather slow I must say (12 hours for 600 km) but that wasn't a problem for me. From Arad I cycled to Budapest so i can't tell anything about that for what concerns trains or busses. Than I took the train from Budapest to Gyor (10 euro for 120 km) and than i cycled to Vienna :).

That's all i can say about it :)

happy travellings!

Toby

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