There’s a nightly train to İstanbul, which leaves Plovdiv at 9.15pm and arrives at 8am; tickets cost 51Lv and must be bought in advance from the BDZh-Rila office in Plovdiv’s Central Station (Tsentralna Gara; daily 7am–noon & 1–6pm; 032 643120). Australian, US, UK and most EU citizens require Turkish visas that can only be bought online at www.evisa.gov.tr.

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