There are 7 ways to get from Athens to Sofia by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry 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  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF

$28 - $121

6 alternative options

Bus Valeross  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia

$30 - $70

Train, bus  •  11 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Αθήνα to Θεσσαλονίκη Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof

$39 - $57

Bus KTEL Thessalonikis  •  12 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia

$97 - $138

Bus Ilias Travel  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia

$60 - $110

Train, bus via Blagoevgrad  •  13 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Αθήνα to Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
  3. Take the train from Blagoevgrad to Sofia

$42 - $57

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Sofia 496.2 miles

$110 - $180

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Sofia is to fly which costs 23€ - 110€ and takes 4 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Sofia is to fly which costs 23€ - 110€ and takes 4 h 36 min.

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The distance between Athens and Sofia is 526 km. The road distance is 793.9 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Athens to Sofia, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Sofia. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 2 min.

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What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Wizz Air, Bulgaria Air and two other airlines fly from Athens to Sofia 3 times a day. Alternatively, Valeross operates a bus from Athens to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $70 and the journey takes 10 h 2 min. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Αθήνα to Θεσσαλονίκη
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
10 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$78
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$64 - $69
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $18
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Attikis
Phone
210 88 08 000
Email
info@ktelattikis.gr
Website
ktelattikis.gr
Bus from Athens - Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ktelattikis.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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