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There are 7 ways to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

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Bus Makedonija Soobrakaj AD  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from Alba Iulia to București
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest to Sofia

$38 - $58

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Train via Vidin  •  16 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Alba Iulia to Craiova Ir
  2. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  3. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia

$22 - $31

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Bus FlixBus  •  15 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Alba Iulia to Haţeg Cj1
  2. Take the bus from Hateg to Caransebeş T1
  3. Take the bus from Caransebeș to Sofia

$26 - $45

Train  •  19 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Alba Iulia to Videle Ir
  2. Take the train from Videle to Sofia

$30 - $40

Drive  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Alba Iulia to Sofia 358.2 miles

$55 - $85

Bus to Sibiu, fly  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Alba Iulia to Sibiu
  2. Fly from Sibiu (SBZ) to Sofia (SOF) SBZ - SOF

$105 - $475

Shuttle to Cluj-Napoca, fly  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Alba Iulia to Cluj Airport
  2. Fly from Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) to Sofia (SOF) CLJ - SOF

$106 - $269

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia is to train which costs $21 - $35 and takes 16 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia is to bus and fly which costs $100 - $480 and takes 8 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Alba Iulia to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Alba Iulia and arriving at Sofia via Bucharest. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Alba Iulia to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Alba Iulia and arriving at Sofia via Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 54 min.

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The distance between Alba Iulia and Sofia is 375 km. The road distance is 573.1 km.

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The best way to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 14 h and costs $35 - $60.

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It takes approximately 14 h to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia, including transfers.

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Alba Iulia to Sofia bus services, operated by Fany, depart from Alba Iulia station.

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Alba Iulia to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Alba Iulia station.

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The best way to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia is to bus which takes 14 h and costs $35 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $21 - $35 and takes 16 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from Alba Iulia to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 234.5 miles
  • Duration: 14 h

What companies run services between Alba Iulia, Romania and Sofia, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Alba Iulia to Sofia via București and Bucharest in around 14 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Alba Iulia to Sofia via Craiova and Vidin in around 16 h 54 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sibiu to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sibiu to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $300
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sibiu to Sofia via Tel Aviv
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $260
Flights from Sibiu to Sofia via London Luton
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $280
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Sofia via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Sofia via London Luton
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sibiu to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Sofia via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $360
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Alba Iulia to Craiova
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Craiova to Vidin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Alba Iulia to Videle
Ave. Duration
9 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Videle to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Fany
Phone
0741 607 941
Email
office@fany.ro
Website
fany.ro
Bus from Alba Iulia to București
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
fany.ro
Bus from Alba Iulia to Sibiu
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
fany.ro
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Bucharest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
ms.mk
Normandia Transport
Phone
+4-0250.861.151
Website
normandiatransport.com
Bus from Alba Iulia to Haţeg
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
normandiatransport.com
Bus from Hateg to Caransebeş
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
normandiatransport.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Caransebeș to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Aerotran Pass
Phone
+4 0758 928 530
Email
aerotrans_pass@yahoo.com
Website
transportaeroportcluj.ro
Shuttle from Alba Iulia to Cluj Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$4 - $90
Schedules at
transportaeroportcluj.ro

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There is no direct flight from Sibiu Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h and has one stopover.

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Alba Iulia to Sofia bus services, operated by Makedonija Soobrakaj AD, arrive at Sofia station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Alba Iulia to Sofia is 573 km. It takes approximately 8 h 46 min to drive from Alba Iulia to Sofia.

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

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There are 1200+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Alba Iulia to Cluj-Napoca Airport is to shuttle which takes 2 h 13 min and costs $4 - $90.

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