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BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby Peter » 06 Jul 2009 - 11:53

BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS | train 491



TIMETABLE:
Beograd Dep: 0750
Nis Arr: 1200
Nis Dep: 1235
Sofia Arr: 1737
Sofia Dep: 1910
Istanbul Sirkeci Arr: 0750


UPDATE: https://en.rail.cc/train-connec ... turkey/136


1-bed-compartment
Rail pass fare: EUR 75
Standard fare: EUR 135

2-bed-compartment
Rail pass fare: EUR 35
Standard fare: EUR 75

3-bed-compartment
Rail pass fare: EUR 24
Standard fare: EUR 63

Couchette (6-bed-compartment)
Rail pass fare: EUR 9
Standard fare: EUR 50

:idea: The cheapest way will be to buy the reservation for your bed directly in Bucharest, Sofia or Istanbul !



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Re: BALKAN EXPRESS | BEOGRAD - SOFIA - ISTANBUL

Postby JorgeF » 19 Aug 2009 - 00:20

Peter,

Do you know how much is the reservation to Sofia - Skopje and Skopje - Beogrard?
My trip is starting in Istanbul passing for Sofia, Skopje, Beogrard, Budapeste, Vienna, Salzburg, Praha and finishing in Berlin.

Tks.

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Re: BALKAN EXPRESS | BEOGRAD - SOFIA - ISTANBUL

Postby JorgeF » 19 Aug 2009 - 00:30

I forgot to ask if do you know which of places where I'm going (above) to visit is possible book the night train on line or not?

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Re: BALKAN EXPRESS | BEOGRAD - SOFIA - ISTANBUL

Postby Peter » 19 Aug 2009 - 10:00

Hi ...

night train booking to get the InterRail discounted tickets is not possible to do online in Eastern Europe.
but I recommend the international ticket office for train tickets (it is run by the Bulgarian railway company) at Sofia main station. it is in the left corner (coming from main entry) - beside the "night train office/lounge". they have nearly everything for Eastern Europe. just be nice and smile to the old ladies there. :)

Sofia - Skopje is one of these trains, depends at what time you travel (just click at the schedule planer on the train number to find out departure and final destination - so you know which train you will use):
bucharest-istanbul-night-train-t1639.html
sofia-belgrade-vienna-night-train-t1847.html (you can compare the fares with this train as it is also a Bulgarian night train)

Skopje - Belgrade:
thessaloniki-skopje-belgrade-night-train-t1636.html
or a free day train.

Peter :)
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Re: BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby ShoRa » 21 Sep 2009 - 02:57

there is no direct train Sofia - Skopje. You have to go via Niš (Serbia) or by bus.
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Re: BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby Peter » 22 Sep 2009 - 09:11

thank you for the information - I think the schedule changed when summer was over - I will update it at the new website. :)
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Re: BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby eurotrip10 » 14 Oct 2009 - 23:49

Hi,

Is the pricing standard for wherever you get off? ie, not cheaper to get off in sofia instead of istanbul

Thanks,

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Re: BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby flow » 15 Oct 2009 - 00:03

The supplements are the same regardless the distance you travel.
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Re: BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby eurotrip10 » 15 Oct 2009 - 18:15

Thanks
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - SOFIA - ISTANBUL | BALKAN EXPRESS

Postby Mathyscl » 08 Aug 2011 - 12:25

maybe stupid question but can you book a bed in a couchette on your own or do you need 5 other friends to book with you ?
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Postby flow » 08 Aug 2011 - 12:38

Hej,

there are no stupid questions. ;)

No, you do not have to book a full compartment. If you are travelling alone you can book only one berth in a couchette, no problem.


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