Taking a scenic train ride from Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia, Bulgaria travel video
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Taking a scenic train ride from Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia, Bulgaria travel video

October 10, 2019

Music playing in the background
We’re here at the train station in Istanbul and we’re hanging out with a mother cat and
her two adorable little kittens that are very skittish. And we’re taking a train to Bulgaria.
We don’t know much about the country. We just basically decided on a whim. Hey, it’s nearby
Turkey – let’s go there. And this is our adventure. Music playing in the background.
At some point last night at around three in the morning we crossed over from Turkey into
Bulgaria and we have just woken up to this beautiful autumn landscape.
Music playing in the background. At the spur of the moment we just decided
to come and explore a new country. We’ve only got three days to explore Sofia but we’re
going to try to make the most of it. Music playing in the background.
So this is an empty compartment that we found and this is what it normally looks like when
the seats are down. You can fit three people on either side. This would be the middle bunk.
And way up there is the top bunk. So we’re staying in a compartment where we have six
people right now, so we are pretty packed in there with our bags. It was nice and toasty
at night, so we got some good sleep. Music playing in the background.
The one thing that we didn’t plan very well adequately for was the lack of food on the
train. There is literally nothing being sold. No drinks, no food, nothing whatsoever and
the only thing we’ve brought were nuts and dates, which you don’t like. No, and this
is supposed to be a fourteen hour train ride, which is now delayed. So that’s a long time
with no real food. It’s going to be one starving girl by the time we get to the station.
Music playing in the background.


  • Reply Let's Go Road Trippin November 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome!  Enjoy Bulgaria.  I look forward to seeing those videos 🙂

  • Reply Perdomot December 1, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I thought people were usually trying to LEAVE Bulgaria not get in. LOL. Countryside looks lovely minus the graffitti. Starting the video with the cats was a good idea.

  • Reply Brendan van Son December 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    We ended up skipping the trip for a 45 Euro flight… looks decent, but not heartbroken by missing it.

  • Reply Keith Dearinger December 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Don't starve, I'm sure there is food is your future. O.k., not kittens.

  • Reply Real Space Hobo December 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    UMMMMM – nuts n' dates – nattin better – lookin forward to seeing more of Bulgaria, one of the more interesting European countries, in my view…..

  • Reply dankim1217 December 3, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Hey guys.. Great video as usual.. You guys travel soo much. What do you do when you get sick? Do they have decent medical facilities ? Also, you guys lost sooo much weight since Korea. Especially Audrey. Be safe guys!

  • Reply Jeremy Albelda December 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I took that same ride too, it's pretty miserable (don't worry, I can tell you guys weren't that happy). I slipped the conductor 10 bucks and he gave me my own room, well worth it.

    A good option is to stop in Plovdiv, Bulgaria which is a very nice small city to break up the trip.

  • Reply Lazy Travel Days December 4, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Sam my wife says she wants you to look a bit rustic so only shave every other day. Ive been caught before travelling with no food for sale. Audrey is too skinny to miss a meal so you will need to feed her. Was she hungry enough to eat that god aweful salty licorice,

  • Reply The Readers Corner December 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Be careful on your trips. Looks like fun I'll add you to my contacts.

  • Reply Anthony Arcabascio December 5, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Of course you had a great experience, you're both white people. Blacks, Spanish, Indians, etc. receive a much more unpleasant experience that you would never taste, touch, or hear. The opinion on their website (http://nomadicsamuel.com/teaching-english/teaching-english-in-china)  is not 100% organic. If you are not a white skinned person, do not take his and her words completely as fact. These types of travelling bloggers really bother me when they make venturing to Asian countries seem like some amazing form of healthy fantasy. This is a negative comment, and you better believe it's a reality check. The color of your skin means a lot to Asian cultures, as social rank is directly linked to such in their eyes. If you think I'm talking nonsense just do your own research on China, Korea, and Japan. Anyone that says otherwise is living in the land of Hollywood television.

  • Reply Frédéric Noiret March 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Sur les traces de l'Orient-Express… avec Mata Hari…

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  • Reply Overland Metalhead May 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I took the same journey the other way around. The train left from Sofia station in the late afternoon around 6/7pm Its a slow journey to Istanbul and it would be faster by a bus i guess. Bulgarian exit (for non EU passports) are done around 2am before it crossed into Turkey.

    Had to pay 15 euros (instead of 10 GBP) for the visa sticker. British passport usualy only pay 10 bob but the visa guy only had euro sticker.

    All passenger luggage and documents  had to be checked thoroughly before the train could continue.

    In July 2013 the train terminated some 30km before Istanbul so the Coach got us to Istanbul central in about 45 minutes, There is also track work being done on the asian side of Istanbul so for sometime nobody will be able to roll out of Istanbul on a train.

    Sofia, a very nice city allot more cheaper than the west. You could live there for many years if you buy a house in Bulgaria

  • Reply Broken Nose June 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Aren't you that guy who was in the 20/things to do in Istanbul?

  • Reply Todor Iordanov September 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Only Bulgaria!!!

  • Reply GRRRLTRAVELER | Christine Kaaloa October 4, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Thanks for the video. Pricing flights right now and determining which country to fly out of Istanbul (or try to squeeze in Bulgaria and fly out of Sofia). 14 hours and no food vendors?!  Maybe I need to look into the bus, though those are nice sights!

  • Reply Robace Kai Siang Tey July 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Sam and Audrey, I am travelling to TUrkey/Balkan region this coming Sept-October. May I know how much u paid from Istanbul-Sofia? And would be helpful if u have any idea about train from Sofia-Bucharest and Bucharest-Budapest. Thanks!

  • Reply Christian Hickman January 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    If that was Amtrak… there would be a TON of food and great service..

  • Reply Berliner Stadtschloss February 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    "We don`t know much about the Country, but, well, let`s go there, this is our adventure." You are just as dumb and uncultured as you look in your t-shirt and with your childish, ignorant face.

  • Reply Dalia Lourenço March 26, 2016 at 6:34 am

    You had me at that cat. 🙂 So cute.

  • Reply Stani Stani September 17, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Bulgaria is biutiful country. istambul is gipsi

  • Reply JinJinnJinny September 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Are you Canadian? For some reason I feel like you are haha. Great video btw! Safe journeys! With love from Toronto.

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  • Reply Diddely Doe May 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

    did your bags get checked?

  • Reply GIL HAREL July 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    i didnt understood how long is the trip overall from Istanbul to sofia
    there is a train ride and after that there is a bus ride ? plus waiting for passport checking ?
    looks like very long trip
    correct me if i am wrong
    bus is really faster ?

  • Reply Baba Anya June 22, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I love sunny beach!!!

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  • Reply ahmad javed March 17, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Good video😊 nice nusic .

  • Reply ahmad javed March 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Sorry you had to starve .

  • Reply Daniel Gutierrez April 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Nice video guys…. the music though

  • Reply Ahmed Raza September 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    can i travel to multiple cities to europe on train from istanbul onwards????

  • Reply สมชาย รักษ์ทอง September 27, 2019 at 4:44 am


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