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There are 7 ways to get from Ankara to Sofia by plane, train, bus, night train 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  •  7h 48m

  1. Fly from Ankara (ESB) to Sofia (SOF) ESB - SOF

$103 - $413

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  16h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Ankara to Istanbul
  2. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia

$16 - $47

5 alternative options

Train, bus via Istanbul Otogari  •  15h 12m

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Gebze Yht
  2. Take the bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
  3. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia

$21 - $46

Train, night train  •  17h 26m

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Pendik Yht
  2. Take the night train from Halkali to Svilengrad
  3. Take the train from Svilengrad to Sofia

$28 - $34

Train, bus  •  17h 31m

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Gebze Yht
  2. Take the bus from Gebze to Sofia

$17 - $32

Bus Metro Plus  •  20h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Ankara to Bozuyuk
  2. Take the bus from Bozuyuk to Bursa
  3. Take the bus from Bursa to Sofia

$54 - $100

Drive  •  9h 38m

  1. Drive from Ankara to Sofia 623.7 miles

$120 - $190

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The cheapest way to get from Ankara to Sofia is to bus which costs 90 ₺ - 270 ₺ and takes 16h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Ankara to Sofia is to fly which costs 550 ₺ - 2.400 ₺ and takes 7h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ankara to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Ankara and arriving at Sofia via Istanbul Otogari. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 30m.

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The distance between Ankara and Sofia is 853 km. The road distance is 997.9 km.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 15h 12m and costs 110 ₺ - 260 ₺.

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It takes approximately 7h 48m to get from Ankara to Sofia, including transfers.

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Ankara to Sofia bus services, operated by Kamil Koc, depart from Ankara station.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Sofia is to fly which takes 7h 48m and costs 550 ₺ - 2.400 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 90 ₺ - 270 ₺ and takes 16h 30m.

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There is no direct flight from Ankara Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 45m and has one stopover.

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Ankara to Sofia bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, arrive at Sofia station.

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Map of how to get from Ankara to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 533.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 48m

What companies run services between Ankara, Turkey and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Turkish Airlines, SunExpress and five other airlines fly from Ankara to Sofia hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ankara to Sofia via Istanbul and Istanbul Otogari in around 16h 30m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Izmir, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Antalya, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Sanliurfa, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Ercan, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Adana, Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Gebze
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Pendik
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Train from Svilengrad to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $9
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Bozuyuk
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Bozuyuk to Bursa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $30
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from ASTI Ankara Bus Terminal to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Bursa to Sofia
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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More Questions & Answers

Sofia is 1h behind Ankara. It is currently 9:02 PM in Ankara and 8:02 PM in Sofia.

Yes, the driving distance between Ankara to Sofia is 998 km. It takes approximately 9h 38m to drive from Ankara to Sofia.

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SunExpress, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Ankara Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1261+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Ankara Airport is to bus which takes 1h 14m and costs 11 ₺.

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