There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Bulgaria by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Sofia  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Sofia (SOF) MAD - SOF

$49 - $255

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Fly to Varna  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Varna (VAR) MAD - VAR

$134 - $407

Train, bus via Trieste Station  •  37 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
  4. Take the train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  5. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Trieste Centrale Fr
  6. Take the bus from Trieste Station to Sofia Serdika

$315 - $435

Train, bus Ruse Bus  •  40 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Sofia 0800

$157 - $214

Bus Ruse Bus  •  42 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia 0800

$120 - $170

Bus Yubim  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia

$140 - $171

Bus Georg  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia

$405 - $557

Drive  •  28 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sofia 1857.4 miles

$350 - $550

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Sofia. Services depart once a week. The journey takes approximately 42 h.

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The distance between Madrid and Bulgaria is 2430 km. The road distance is 2971.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bulgaria without a car is to train and bus which takes 37 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 39 min to get from Madrid to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Madrid to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Ruse Bus, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bulgaria is to fly which takes 6 h 39 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 42 h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 15 min.

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Madrid to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Ruse Bus, arrive at Sofia station.

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Bulgaria is 1 h ahead of Madrid. It is currently 1:29 AM in Madrid and 2:29 AM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Bulgaria is 2972 km. It takes approximately 28 h 23 min to drive from Madrid to Bulgaria.

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  • Distance: 1519 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 39 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Bulgaria?

Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Sofia hourly. Alternatively, Ruse Bus operates a bus from Madrid to Sofia once a week. Tickets cost $120 - $170 and the journey takes 42 h.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Rome, Sofia
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Rome, Sofia
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Varna via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Madrid to Varna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$27 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $50
1st Class
$65 - $80
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
ATVO S.p.A.
Phone
+39 0421 5944
Email
atvo@atvo.it
Website
atvo.it
Bus from Trieste Station to Sofia Serdika
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
atvo.it
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Zaragoza to Sofia
Ave. Duration
38 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$400 - $550
Schedules at
georg-bg.com

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Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Alitalia and five other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 122+ hotels available in Bulgaria. Prices start at $27 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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