Hi Romania Tripadvisors!
My sweetheart and I will be in Budapest from mid-Feb to mid-April of 2014, and then want to make our way down to Istanbul. We are (of course) on a shoe-string budget, and are trying to figure out the most economical way to do so. We do understand the truth of time=money, and are also interested in stopping along the way to check out some interesting places in Romania and Bulgaria. We have 6 days to make the journey.
-What are the most inexpensive routes and methods? I am seeing that buses may not be a bad idea, since we aren't determined to blitz straight through. But what routes would be most advisable? I'm hoping to get ideas of the current costs of at least a few train and bus options. Please help?
-And, as we will be traveling in the tail-end of winter, is weather (and possible delays) something that we should consider?
-What are some recommended things/towns to stop to check out, that wouldn't add too much time or cost to get to? I am very curious about Veliko Tarnovo, in Bulgaria, as I learned that it is on the train route from Bucharest to Istanbul. Are there any other places that would be worthwhile to spend a day or two in, in late March?
My most heartfelt gratitude goes out to anyone taking the time to share their experience and expertise with us!
-Brine & Natalie