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

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Fly from Berlin Tegel  •  5h 21m

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

$59 - $305

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Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld  •  5h 25m

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

$39 - $327

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  24h 41m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden Hbf Ec / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dresden Central Train Station to Sofia Serdica Hamburg - Plovdiv

Bus via Niš  •  26h 53m

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

$133 - $138

Bus  •  27h 20m

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

$50 - $100

Train  •  35h 18m

  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

$237 - $392

Drive  •  15h 59m

  1. Drive from Berlin to Sofia 1634.5 km

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which costs 35€ - 310€ and takes 5h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Sofia is to fly which costs 50€ - 290€ and takes 5h 21m.

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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 three times a week, and operate every day. 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 18m.

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The distance between Berlin and Sofia is 1319 km. The road distance is 1634.5 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 24h 41m and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 21m 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 5h 21m and costs 50€ - 290€. Alternatively, you can bus via Niš, which costs 123€ - 128€ and takes 26h 53m, you could also train, which costs 220€ - 370€ and takes 35h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 1318.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 21m

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

Bulgaria Air, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Berlin to Sofia every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Berlin ZOB to Sofia via Niš in around 26h 53m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $370
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Sofia via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $480
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $320
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
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 Berlin Hbf to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Railjet
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
6h 49m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
Railjet
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 Berlin Hbf to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
2h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Craiova
Ave. Duration
12h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Train from Craiova to Vidin
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bus operators
Racic Eurobus
Phone
+359-887-208-506
Email
racic_bg@yahoo.com
Website
racicbg.com
Bus from Dresden Central Train Station to Sofia Serdica
Ave. Duration
21h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Racic Eurobus
Panonija Bus
Website
panonijabus.com
Bus from Berlin ZOB to Niš
Ave. Duration
22h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$125
Schedules at
panonijabus.com
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panonijabus.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Niš to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
matpu.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Berlin to Sofia
Ave. Duration
27h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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The quickest flight from Berlin Tegel 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 11:09 PM in Berlin and 12:09 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 1634 km. It takes approximately 15h 59m to drive from Berlin to Sofia.

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

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There are 1125+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $100 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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