There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Sofia by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Zurich  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Sofia (SOF) ZRH - SOF

$82 - $230

Cheapest option

Train to Basel, fly  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Sofia (SOF) BSL - SOF

$72 - $285

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Train, bus Air Kona  •  24 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Linz Hbf Rj
  2. Take the bus from Linz to Sofia Knyaginya Maria Luiza Station

$186 - $248

Bus Durmo Tours  •  28 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Kumanovo
  2. Take the bus from Kumanovo to Sofia

$103 - $150

Bus Yubim  •  28 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Sofia

$120 - $170

Train, bus  •  32 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Beograd En
  2. Take the train from Beograd to Leskovac AVE
  3. Take the bus from Leskovac to Gradska
  4. Take the bus from Tran to Sofia

Drive  •  16 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Sofia 1029.5 miles

$210 - $320

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Sofia. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 28 h 30 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Sofia is 1269 km. The road distance is 1647.2 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 24 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Zürich to Sofia, including transfers.

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Zürich to Sofia bus services, operated by Durmo Tours, depart from Zürich station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Sofia is to fly which takes 5 h 7 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 28 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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Zürich to Sofia bus services, operated by Matpu, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 2:55 AM in Zürich and 3:55 AM in Sofia.

Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Sofia is 1647 km. It takes approximately 16 h 13 min to drive from Zürich to Sofia.

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  • Distance: 793.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Bulgaria Air, Austrian Airlines and three other airlines fly from Zürich to Sofia every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Sofia via Kumanovo in around 28 h 24 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $420
Flights from Basel to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Basel to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Basel to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $420
Flights from Basel to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Zurich to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Basel to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$22 - $350
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $170
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Beograd
Ave. Duration
20 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$40 - $41
Bus operators
Air Kona
Phone
00359 2 971 11 11
Email
tickets@airkona.com
Website
airkona.com
Bus from Linz to Sofia Knyaginya Maria Luiza Station
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
airkona.com
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Zürich to Kumanovo
Ave. Duration
23 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Kumanovo to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Schedules at
matpu.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Zurich to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Zürich to Sofia
Ave. Duration
29 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Alex Bon Tours DOO
Phone
+(381)(64)4242639
Website
redvoznje.net
Bus from Leskovac to Gradska
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
redvoznje.net
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Tran to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
avtogari.info

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Bulgaria Air, Air Serbia, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Sofia Airport.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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