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There are 5 ways to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly  •  4h 58m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Sofia (SOF) BER - SOF

$41 - $267

4 alternative options

Bus  •  20h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin to Sofia

$60 - $90

Bus via Berlin, Masurenallee/ZOB  •  28h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin Central Bus Station to Sofia Central Bus Station Berlin - Varna

$95 - $117

Train, night train  •  35h 39m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Craiova
  4. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  5. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia Re

$235 - $398

Drive  •  15h 26m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia 1631.4 km

$210 - $310

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia by train and night train

The journey time between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Sofia is around 2 days 5h and covers a distance of around 2239 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2 days 4h. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Romanian Railways (CFR) and others, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Sofia. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2 days 5h
Fastest journey time:
2 days 4h
Journey distance:
2239 km
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$235
Carbon emissions:
118 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
10:30
Last service departs at:
11:14

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia train and night train schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Germany → Bulgaria
Partially open

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International entry into Bulgaria from Germany

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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Allowed for: All visitors with the below exceptions

Restricted for: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, India, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom and Uruguay

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Conditions of entry into Bulgaria from Germany

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
This applies to arrivals from Germany
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Vatican
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, India, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom and Uruguay
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
This doesn't apply to citizens of: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, India, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom and Uruguay
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Bulgaria

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Germany

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Bulgaria from Germany.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Sofia is 02 807 87 57.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Sofia is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Sofia is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 02 807 87 57.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Germany from Bulgaria.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia is to bus which costs €50 - €75 and takes 20h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia is to fly which costs €30 - €220 and takes 4h 58m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin and arriving at Sofia. Services depart twice a week, and operate Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 20h 34m.

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No, there is no direct train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Sofia via Nuernberg Hbf, Wien Hbf, Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 39m.

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The distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Sofia is 1321 km. The road distance is 1631.4 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 20h 34m and costs €50 - €75.

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It takes approximately 4h 58m to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia, including transfers.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Berlin station.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 58m and costs €30 - €220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 20h 34m.

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  • Distance: 1320.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 58m

What companies run services between Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Ryanair, Bulgaria Air and three other airlines fly from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia every 4 hours. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Berlin to Sofia twice a week. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 20h 34m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $490
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$30 - $130
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $1,100
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Night train from Wien Hbf to Craiova
Ave. Duration
15h 54m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $70
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
$23 - $29
1st Class
$60 - $70
Train from Craiova to Vidin
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
$3 - $4
1st Class
$10 - $12
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Berlin to Sofia
Ave. Duration
20h 34m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1h ahead of Berlin Hauptbahnhof. It is currently 2:11 PM in Berlin Hauptbahnhof and 3:11 PM in Sofia.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia is 1631 km. It takes approximately 15h 26m to drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Sofia.

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Ryanair, Bulgaria Air, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 177+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs €3 - €50.

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