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There are 5 ways to get from Budapest to Sofia by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sofia (SOF) BUD - SOF

$32 - $272

4 alternative options

Bus Eurolines HU  •  12 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget to Sofia Serdika 591 / ...

$41 - $76

Bus FlixBus  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia N982

$41 - $76

Train  •  22 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Savirsin Ic
  2. Take the train from Savirsin to Craiova D
  3. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  4. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia

$37 - $53

Drive  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Sofia 479.5 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to train which costs 10 000 Ft - 15 000 Ft and takes 22 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to fly which costs 9 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft and takes 4 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Sofia via Savirsin, Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 55 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Sofia is 631 km. The road distance is 767.2 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 9 min and costs 11 000 Ft - 22 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 4 h 42 min to get from Budapest to Sofia, including transfers.

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Budapest to Sofia train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to fly which takes 4 h 42 min and costs 9 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11 000 Ft - 22 000 Ft and takes 12 h 9 min, you could also train, which costs 10 000 Ft - 15 000 Ft and takes 22 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 11:57 PM in Budapest and 12:57 AM in Sofia.

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  • Distance: 394.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 42 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and Tarom fly from Budapest to Sofia twice daily. Alternatively, Eurolines HU operates a bus from Budapest to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $75 and the journey takes 11 h.

Airlines
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Savirsin to Craiova
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Craiova to Vidin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Sofia Serdika
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Budapest to Sofia train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Sofia is 767 km. It takes approximately 7 h 55 min to drive from Budapest to Sofia.

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Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and Tarom offer flights from Budapest Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1239+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 33 min and costs 350 Ft.

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