There are 6 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  7 h 38 min

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

$83 - $443

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  16 h 30 min

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

$23 - $52

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  14 h 55 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

$24 - $53

Bus Matpu  •  18 h 42 min

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

$35 - $52

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

$29 - $34

Drive  •  9 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Ankara to Sofia 623.7 miles

$120 - $190

Questions & Answers

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 takes 7 h 38 min and costs 390 ₺ - 2.200 ₺.

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The distance between Ankara and Sofia is 853 km. The road distance is 998 km.

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It takes approximately 7 h 38 min to get from Ankara to Sofia, including transfers.

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

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and three 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
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
$6 - $8
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Pendik
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $17
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 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
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
$18 - $35
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
$12 - $17
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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