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There are 4 ways to get from Berlin to Sofia by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4h 58m

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

$35 - $127

3 alternative options

Bus  •  27h 20m

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

$60 - $110

Train  •  35h 47m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rjx
  4. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Craiova Ir
  5. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  6. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia Re

$277 - $458

Drive  •  15h 26m

  1. Drive from Berlin to Sofia 1628.8 km

$210 - $310

Germany → Bulgaria
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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: Citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus, Turkey, Ukraine, Cyprus, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and United Kingdom

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions

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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
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Bulgaria

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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.

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Last updated: 28 Feb 2021
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The most affordable way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly, which costs 28€ - 110€ and takes 4h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which costs 28€ - 110€ and takes 4h 58m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin Central Bus Station station and arriving at Sofia Central Bus Station station. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 27h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Berlin to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Sofia via Nuernberg Hbf, Muenchen Hbf, Budapest-Keleti, Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 47m.

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The distance between Berlin and Sofia is 1319 km. The road distance is 1628.8 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 27h 20m and costs 50€ - 90€.

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

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Berlin to Sofia bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Berlin Central Bus Station.

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Berlin 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 to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 58m and costs 28€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 90€ and takes 27h 20m, you could also train, which costs 220€ - 380€ and takes 35h 47m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 1318.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 58m

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

Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and six other airlines fly from Berlin Hbf to Sofia 5 times a day. Alternatively, Arda Tur operates a bus from Berlin Central Bus Station to Sofia Central Bus Station 6 times a week. Tickets cost $90 - $110 and the journey takes 27h 20m. Union Ivkoni also services this route twice a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $480
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $380
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$24 - $120
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $190
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 Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
Railjet
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Craiova
Ave. Duration
12h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $50
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
$16 - $21
1st Class
$44 - $49
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 - $85
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 to Sofia bus services, operated by Arda Tur, arrive at Sofia Central Bus Station.

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Sofia is 1h ahead of Berlin. It is currently 7:47 AM in Berlin and 8:47 AM in Sofia.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Sofia is 1629 km. It takes approximately 15h 26m to drive from Berlin to Sofia.

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Bulgaria Air, Ryanair, easyJet and five other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 586+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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

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