Nisikli Travel runs three daily buses from Varna to Istanbul. I was boarding one of them in Burgas at 1300. It takes 7 hours to get to IST. The company Metro also operates the same route. Metro leaves from the Burgas train station, but Nisikli leaves from another place a 10-minute walk away from the station. This is what is a little annoying when you buy the ticket on the Nisikli website. They tell you the routes by city names, but there is no mention as where exactly the bus station is. So good luck finding it, and hope pray it’s not at the other end of the city from your origin/destination.
In my case, Burgas isn’t very big, and there was a pretty good chance the bus would leave from the train station. I had planned to arrive in Burgas an hour and a half before just to make sure. But at the train station, I could only find Metro amongst all the many companies and buses going everywhere. I asked at the Eurolines desk, and they kindly gave me directions. The Nisikli bus stop is a 10-minute walk from the train station by the main road towards the seafront park and casino. It’s located next to Hotel Luxor.
When I got there, there was another hour and fifteen minutes left, so I left my bag and when for a walk and light lunch. The centre of Burgas is a long pedestrian street that leads to a park by the black see, and the beach. The street, the park and the seafront were actually very nice! I had a slice of pizza, a coffee and an ice cream with what remained of my Levas, and after a short walk in a very hot sunshine, I got to the Nisikli bus stop.
The bus arrived on time (1306) . It’s a very modern and comfortable Mercedes-Benz coach, with steward and on-board service. Perfect for a seven hour ride…!
Origin: Burgas, BG
Destination: Istanbul, TR