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There are 7 ways to get from Berlin to Sofia by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Berlin Tegel  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Sofia (SOF) TXL - SOF

$59 - $145

Cheapest option

Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Sofia (SOF) SXF - SOF

$24 - $179

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  25 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Dresden Hbf Ec / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dresden to Sofia

$104 - $222

Bus Racic Eurobus  •  26 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Berlin to Sofia

$115

Bus Panonija Bus  •  28 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Berlin ZOB to Niš
  2. Take the bus from Niš to Sofia

$145 - $152

Train  •  41 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Nürnberg Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Linz Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  4. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Brasov Ic
  5. Take the train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A R / ...
  6. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia

$276 - $415

Drive  •  15 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Berlin to Sofia 1019.5 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which costs 20€ - 160€ and takes 5 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which costs 50€ - 130€ and takes 5 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin and arriving at Sofia. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 26 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Berlin to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Berlin Hbf (tief) and arriving at Sofia via Nürnberg Hbf, Linz Hbf, Budapest-Keleti, Brasov and Bucuresti Nord Gara A. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 27 min.

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The distance between Berlin and Sofia is 1319 km. The road distance is 1631.2 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 25 h 28 min and costs 90€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to get from Berlin to Sofia, including transfers.

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Berlin to Sofia bus services, operated by Racic Eurobus, depart from Berlin station.

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Berlin to Sofia train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Berlin Hbf (tief) station.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which takes 5 h 21 min and costs 50€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100€ and takes 26 h 56 min, you could also train, which costs 240€ - 370€ and takes 41 h 27 min.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 824.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 21 min

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

Bulgaria Air, Lufthansa and three other airlines fly from Berlin to Sofia every 2 hours. Alternatively, Racic Eurobus operates a bus from Berlin to Sofia 5 times a week. Tickets cost $115 and the journey takes 26 h 56 min. Union Ivkoni also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $430
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $430
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $430
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $270
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$27 - $280
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Linz Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $17
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bus operators
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Dresden to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Racic Eurobus
Website
racicbg.com
Bus from Dresden to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$102
Schedules at
racicbg.com
Bus from Berlin to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26 h 56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$115
Schedules at
racicbg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Dresden to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Dresden to Sofia
Ave. Duration
23 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $130
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Berlin to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $140
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Panonija Bus
Website
panonijabus.com
Bus from Berlin ZOB to Niš
Ave. Duration
22 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$133
Schedules at
panonijabus.com
Book at
panonijabus.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Niš to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
matpu.com
Nis Ekspres
Phone
+381 18 255 177
Email
marketing@nis-ekspres.rs
Website
nis-ekspres.rs
Bus from Niš to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
nis-ekspres.rs
Book at
onlinetickets.nis-ekspres.rs

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Berlin Tegel Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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Berlin to Sofia bus services, operated by Racic Eurobus, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Berlin. It is currently 5:50 AM in Berlin and 6:50 AM in Sofia.

Berlin to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Sofia is 1631 km. It takes approximately 15 h 54 min to drive from Berlin to Sofia.

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Bulgaria Air, Alitalia, Air Serbia and two other airlines offer flights from Berlin Tegel Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1242+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Berlin Tegel Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs 2€ - 4€.

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