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QChaudhry
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Posted 1 year ago

Hi! I'm looking to travel on the overnight train from Istanbul to Sofia in a few months, and just doing some research on this. However, I've come across an article which claimed this route is currently not running due to Covid-19. Is this true? Funnily enough it seems the Sofia to Istanbul route is okay but Istanbul to Sofia isn't clear.
Can someone please clarify this for me? I'm looking to travel in August 2022, and hoping things will improve by then anyway even if the route is currently closed.
Thank you,
Q.

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Flo
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replied 1 year ago

Hi Q,

the night train (Sofia - Istanbul and vv) still is suspended at the moment.
There is no information when it will run again, I recommend to check BDZ (Bulgarian Railways) website from time to time: https://www.bdz.bg/bg/c/international-lines

Flo

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Peter
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replied 1 year ago

Ande here is a blog post of Sofia which explains this journey:

https://raildude.com/blog/view?id=17

Peter :)

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Peter
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replied 1 year ago

Hi.
Official news:

Sofia-Istanbul restarts its service on 25 April 2022.
Bucharest-Istanbul restarts its service on 03 June 2022.

Peter :)

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Graeme53
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replied 4 months ago

Hi Peter
Thanks for your comments on this previous post. we want to travel Ist to Sofia on 31 May 2023. Can you recommend the best time to buy tickets? We are in Australia.