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

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Fly  •  7 h 38 min

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

$88 - $283

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Train, bus  •  17 h 24 min

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

$15 - $29

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Train, bus via Istanbul Otogari  •  15 h 7 min

  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

$18 - $41

Bus MetroTurizm  •  16 h 30 min

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

$17 - $40

Bus Matpu  •  18 h 42 min

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

$32 - $48

Train, night train  •  16 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Pendik Yht
  2. Take the night train from Halkali to Sofia Bosphor Express

$26 - $31

Drive  •  9 h 38 min

  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 100 ₺ - 250 ₺ and takes 16 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ankara to Sofia is to fly which costs 500 ₺ - 1.800 ₺ and takes 7 h 38 min.

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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 16 h 30 min.

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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 15 h 7 min and costs 110 ₺ - 260 ₺.

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It takes approximately 7 h 38 min 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 7 h 38 min and costs 500 ₺ - 1.800 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100 ₺ - 250 ₺ and takes 16 h 30 min.

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There is no direct flight from Ankara Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 35 min 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: 7 h 38 min

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

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Ankara to Sofia every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ankara to Sofia via Istanbul and Istanbul Otogari in around 16 h 30 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Izmir, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Antalya, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $2,100
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Ankara to Sofia via Kiev
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $280
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Gebze
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Pendik
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
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
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
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
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $27
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Sofia is 1 h behind Ankara. It is currently 12:00 PM in Ankara and 12:00 PM in Sofia.

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

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Ukraine International Airlines, Wind Rose, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Ankara Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1152+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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

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