Sofia – Istanbul rail link set to return as reconstruction on Turkish side completed

The railway link between Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Turkey’s largest city Istanbul is set to return after the completion of reconstruction on the Turkish side, some months after Bulgaria completed the upgrade of the section between Plovdiv and the Kapikule border point.

Turkey began its upgrade of the 292km section of railway line in June 2014 and reports said that work had been completed and the line was ready for reopening on February 20 2017.

While Turkey was carrying out the reconstruction work on its section of the line, passengers were transported between Kapikule and Istanbul by bus.

(Photo: Eiji Miura)

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