There is only one train between
Turkey and Europe, the Istanbul-Sofya Ekspresi (Istanbul-Sofia Express),
departing Istanbul (Halkalı) each night for Sofia, Bulgaria, with a connection at Dimitrovgrad for Bucharest (Bükreş), Romania. More...
Trains from Istanbul to Europe traditionally departed
officially Istanbul Gar ["Istanbul
Station"]) but everyone calls
it Sirkeci Station to distinguish it
Station on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus).
Trains to/from Europe now originate and terminate at Halkalı, a station 10 km (6 miles) northwest of Atatürk Airport (map).
Halkalı, the terminus of the former suburban banliyö treni line, is where the Marmaray line will, in future, connect to the European rail system, completing the first standard-gauge rail link between Europe and Asia...but we don't know when.
Fares for travel from Istanbul to
European cities are relatively expensive,
travel in the Balkans is
certainly an adventure. More...
Better to take a cheap
Station, by the way, was Istanbul's
first train station, and served as
the terminus of the famed Orient
Express from Paris to Constantinople. It is now a station on the Marmaray suburban rail line.
—by Tom Brosnahan