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There are 6 ways to get from Bratislava to Sofia by bus, plane, train or car

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Bus to Vienna, fly  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Bratislava, Most SNP to Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf.
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Sofia (SOF) VIE - SOF

$64 - $217

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Fly from Bratislava  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Bratislava (BTS) to Sofia (SOF) BTS - SOF

$37 - $212

4 alternative options

Bus Racic Eurobus  •  13 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Bratislava to Sofia

$40 - $150

Bus FlixBus  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Bratislava, Most SNP to Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf. RegioJet / ...
  2. Take the bus from Vienna Airport to Sofia N982

$58 - $101

Train  •  26 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Budapest-Nyugati to Szolnok Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Szolnok to Ilia Ic
  4. Take the train from Ilia to Craiova D
  5. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  6. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia

$67 - $100

Drive  •  9 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Bratislava to Sofia 600.6 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Bratislava to Sofia is to train which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 26 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bratislava to Sofia is to fly which costs 30€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 41 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bratislava and arriving at Sofia. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 13 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bratislava to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Bratislava hl.st. and arriving at Sofia via Budapest-Nyugati, Szolnok, Ilia, Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 25 min.

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The distance between Bratislava and Sofia is 776 km. The road distance is 960.9 km.

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The best way to get from Bratislava to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 13 h 22 min and costs 35€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 4 min to get from Bratislava to Sofia, including transfers.

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Bratislava to Sofia bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Bratislava, Most SNP station.

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Bratislava to Sofia train services, operated by Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK), depart from Bratislava hl.st. station.

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The best way to get from Bratislava to Sofia is to fly which takes 4 h 41 min and costs 30€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 130€ and takes 13 h 22 min, you could also train, which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 26 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Bratislava to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 484.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 4 min

What companies run services between Bratislava, Slovakia and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Wizz Air, CSA and Bulgaria Air fly from Bratislava to Sofia 6 times a week. Alternatively, Racic Eurobus operates a bus from Bratislava to Sofia 5 times a week, and the journey takes 13 h 22 min. Five other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Vienna to Sofia via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Bratislava to Sofia via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Train operators
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Website
zssk.sk
Train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
slovakrail.sk
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Budapest-Nyugati to Szolnok
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Szolnok to Ilia
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Ilia to Craiova
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Craiova to Vidin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Bratislava, Most SNP to Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf.
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
regiojet.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bratislava, Bratislava Most SNP to Vienna Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vienna Airport to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Racic Eurobus
Website
racicbg.com
Bus from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
13 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
racicbg.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Bratislava to Sofia
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Bratislava to Sofia bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Bratislava. It is currently 6:38 AM in Bratislava and 7:38 AM in Sofia.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bratislava to Sofia is 961 km. It takes approximately 9 h 41 min to drive from Bratislava to Sofia.

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Bulgaria Air, Adria Airways and Austrian Airlines offer flights from Vienna Airport to Sofia Airport.

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Book your Bratislava to Sofia bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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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 Bratislava to Bratislava Airport is to line 61 shuttle which takes 17 min and costs 1€.

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