There are 6 ways to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv by bus, train, night train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus Kotel Municipal Transport  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucuresti to Târgovişte
  2. Take the bus from Târgovişte to Kotel
  3. Take the bus from Kotel to Plovdiv

Cheapest option

Night train, train  •  12 h 46 min

  1. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Stara Zagora Bosphor Express
  2. Take the train from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv 8632 / ...

$12 - $14

4 alternative options

Bus Pleven Bus Station  •  11 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Pleven 980
  2. Take the bus from Pleven to Plovdiv

Train  •  12 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Ruse(BG)
  2. Take the train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa 461
  3. Take the train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Dimitrovgrad 465
  4. Take the train from Dimitrovgrad to Plovdiv 492

$14 - $19

Drive  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Plovdiv 249 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, train  •  7 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Sofia (SOF) OTP - SOF
  2. Take the train from Iskarsko shose to Plovdiv

$56 - $249

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv is to night train and train which costs $12 - $14 and takes 12 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv is to drive which takes 5 h 26 min and costs $40 - $60.

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The distance between Bucharest and Plovdiv is 276 km. The road distance is 398 km.

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It takes approximately 8 h 48 min to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bucharest to Plovdiv. However, there are services departing from Bucuresti and arriving at Plovdiv via Târgovişte and Kotel. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 48 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bucharest to Plovdiv. However, there are services departing from Bucuresti Nord Gara A and arriving at Plovdiv via Ruse, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Dimitrovgrad. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 29 min.

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What companies run services between Bucharest, Romania and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Bucharest to Plovdiv via Târgovişte, Kotel, and Kotel in around 8 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bucharest to Plovdiv via Ruse(BG), Ruse, Gorna Oryahovitsa, and Dimitrovgrad in around 12 h 29 min.

Airlines
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Dimitrovgrad to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $11
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Iskarsko shose to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Grup ATYC
Phone
+4-0743-335.888
Website
atyc.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Târgovişte
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
atyc.autogari.ro
Kotel Municipal Transport
Website
kotel.bg
Bus from Târgovişte to Kotel
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kotel.bg
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Kotel to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Pleven
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Pleven Bus Station
Phone
+359 (0) 64 888 666
Website
avtogara.pleven.bg
Bus from Pleven to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
avtogara.pleven.bg

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