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There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv by bus, car, plane or train

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Bus Metro Plus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv

$25 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv

$9 - $24

3 alternative options

Bus Matpu  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv

$20 - $30

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv 260.3 miles

$50 - $80

Fly, train  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Sofia (SOF) IST - SOF
  2. Take the train from Iskarsko shose to Plovdiv

$71 - $208

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv is to bus which costs 45 ₺ - 140 ₺ and takes 7 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv is to drive which costs 300 ₺ - 440 ₺ and takes 4 h 3 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Plovdiv. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Plovdiv is 371 km. The road distance is 416.5 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs 140 ₺ - 270 ₺.

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The bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv takes 6 h 45 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Istanbul to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Istanbul to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Plovdiv is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 4:21 PM in Istanbul and 3:21 PM in Plovdiv.

Map of how to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv.
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  • Distance: 232.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv every 4 hours. Tickets cost $25 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Plovdiv is 417 km. It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 526+ hotels available in Plovdiv. Prices start at $28 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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