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There are 7 ways to get from Athens to Sofia by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry or car

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Fly  •  4h 41m

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

$28 - $121

6 alternative options

Bus Valeross  •  10h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia Piraeus - Haskovo

$30 - $70

Train, bus  •  11h 38m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia Thessaloniki - Haskovo

$36 - $82

Bus KTEL Thessalonikis  •  12h 38m

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

$100 - $120

Bus Ilias Travel  •  12h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia

$60 - $110

Train, bus via Blagoevgrad  •  13h 28m

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

$44 - $86

Drive  •  8h 17m

  1. Drive from Athens to Sofia 496.2 miles

$110 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Sofia is to fly which costs 24€ - 110€ and takes 4h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Sofia is to fly which costs 24€ - 110€ and takes 4h 41m.

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

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

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The best way to get from Athens to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 10h 2m and costs 29€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 4h 41m to get from Athens to Sofia, including transfers.

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Athens to Sofia bus services, operated by Valeross, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 41m and costs 24€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 29€ - 60€ and takes 10h 2m.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Athens to Sofia bus services, operated by Valeross, arrive at Sofia station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 328.5 miles
  • Duration: 4h 41m

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

Bulgaria Air, Aegean Airlines and Ryanair fly from Athens to Sofia twice daily. Alternatively, Valeross operates a bus from Athens to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $70 and the journey takes 10h 2m. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $70
Website
trainose.gr
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2nd Class Ticket
$24 - $35
1st Class Ticket
$35 - $45
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$45 - $55
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$60 - $70
Bus operators
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
10h 2m
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
11h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Athens to Sofia Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
12h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$39
Website
Arda Tur
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Website
Arda Tur
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$63 - $68
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $16
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h
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
6h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Sofia is 794 km. It takes approximately 8h 17m to drive from Athens to Sofia.

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Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and Aegean Airlines offer flights from Athens 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 Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs 9€.

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