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Istanbul to Budapest -cheaper than flying ideas

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1. Posted by woylie (Full Member 7 posts) 8y

Hi
The flight costs are pretty impressive! Around US$450 for two.Any suggestions for a cheaper route? I am wondering about part by train then a shorter flight.

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 8y

Whoa, where are you looking? Got flights back to Canada and the US cheaper then that. Even the well known travel agents on Sultanahmet Street will have cheap, cheap flights to Budapest. I find it hard to beleive that your geting quoted so high. weird

3. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 8y

I did a quick search on opodo for a direct one-way flight on a random date in may and I got: Turkish Airlines 240 €, Malev Hungarian Airlines 190 €

The agents on Sultanachmed can probably cut that by 50 €.

4. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

Well you could probably get a train pass for less than that - an inter-rail pass for all of Europe including Turkey for a whole month is about what you're being quoted there just to go from Istanbul to Budapest! Ok that's for two people but still, I think you could probably find a train pass that would cost you less money and give you free travel in Turkey or Hungary during your trip.

5. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 8y

I know that there are long distance buses going all the way from Istanbul to Germany stopping at Budapest, but the only way I've found to book them online was from Germany the whole journey. eurolines is the company, you could try to contact them directly if you want.

regarding train travel: I just found this site:

http://www.seat61.com/Turkey.htm

The information you need is this one:

...Sirkeci Station where the European trains arrive.

...

Travel from Budapest to Bucharest overnight on the EuroNight sleeper train 'Ister', leaving Budapest (Keleti) at 18:10 and arriving at Bucharest (Nord station) at 09:14 next morning. The Ister has modernised air-conditioned sleeping-cars with safe, comfortable and carpeted 1- 2- and 3-bed rooms with washbasin (recommended option - bedrooms convert to private sitting rooms for evening/morning use, and there's even a shower at the end of the corridor), 6-bunk couchettes (basic bunks), a restaurant car for dinner and ordinary seats (not recommended).

Day 2: Travel from Bucharest to Istanbul on the 'Bosfor', leaving Bucharest (Nord) daily at 13:27 and arriving at Istanbul (Sirkeci station) at 08:25 on day 4. The Bosfor has a modernised air-conditioned sleeping-car with safe, comfortable and carpeted 1- 2- and 3-bed compartments with washbasin (recommended option - bedrooms convert to private sitting rooms for day use, and there's even a shower at the end of the corridor), 6-bunk couchettes (basic sleeping accommodation) and ordinary seats (not recommended).

Travelling in the security and comfort of the sleeping-car, this is a pleasant and enjoyable journey. A couple of hours after leaving Bucharest the train crosses the Danube from Romania into Bulgaria on a very long steel bridge, then for most of the rest of the day it meanders through pleasant river valleys past small Bulgarian villages. The Turkish frontier at Kapikule is reached very late at night (between 1am and 2am), and here you will need to briefly leave the train to buy a Turkish visa and get your passport stamped - see the visa information below. Expect an arrival in Istanbul an hour or two late. There is no buffet or restaurant car on this train, so take plenty of food and bottled water, and your own supply of beer or wine..! Relax and enjoy the ride...

Alternatively, you can travel direct from Budapest to Istanbul in a through couchette car. This normally runs daily, but between 9 June and 16 September 2006 it will run daily except Tuesdays and Fridays. It is much more basic than the sleeping-cars recommended above, and you only save a few euros in cost over the sleeper. It leaves Budapest Keleti Station at 19:15 attached to the 'TransBalkan' and is transferred to the 'Bosfor' at a place called Vedele 51km short of Bucharest, arriving in Istanbul at 08:25 two nights later. The couchette car is provided by the Hungarian railways (MAV), and has 1st class 4-berth compartments and 2nd class 6-berth compartments.

Booked in the UK, Budapest-Bucharest is around £51 one-way or £102 return. Add to this a sleeper supplement of £15 per person one-way sharing a comfortable 3-bed sleeper, or a couchette supplement of about £8 per person one-way sharing a very basic 6-bunk compartment. Bought at the station in Budapest, Budapest-Bucharest is about 48 euros one-way, 96 euros return.

Bought at the station in Bucharest, Bucharest-Istanbul is about 40 euros one-way, 80 euros return. For a couchette, add 9 euros per night, or for a more comfortable and secure sleeper, add 12 euros.

6. Posted by Nettels (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

[quote=BlankFrack]Well you could probably get a train pass for less than that - an inter-rail pass for all of Europe including Turkey for a whole month is about what you're being quoted there just to go from Istanbul to Budapest! [quote]

Hey, this inter-rail pass that you mention - does it really include turkey and what site do i go to, to find out information about it. See i am wanting to find the cheapest way to get to and from turkey (istanbul) in August this year. I will be either leaving from Paris or Interlaken, Switzerland. I don't care if i fly, bus, train, or whatever, just so long as its roughly the cheapest. THen i am going from istanbul to london. i haven't seen a railpass that includes turkey yet so that is why i am interested in this one you are describing. If you could get me the information about this rail pass i would be hugly grateful.

Also, i see you are from Scotland. i am also doing a two week trip around Scotland in June. As a local, do u have any areas that isn't very touristy but you would recommend people seeing. i have been to scotland before and did a tour seeing all the main tourist places but now i want to see scotland more in depth. Looking at spending more time up north - what do u think?

Thanks heaps.