There are 6 ways to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv by bus, night train, 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.

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Bus Avtogari  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from București to Razgrad
  2. Take the bus from Razgrad Municipality to Veliko Tarnovo

$14 - $20

Cheapest option

Night train, train via Gorna Oryahovitsa  •  12 h 29 min

  1. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Ruse
  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

$11 - $15

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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

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

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

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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 costs $40 - $60 and takes 5 h 26 min.

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

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The distance between Bucharest and Plovdiv is 276 km. The road distance is 398.4 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 8 min and costs $13 - $20.

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

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Bucharest to Plovdiv train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), depart from Gara Bucureşti Nord station.

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Bucharest to Plovdiv train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Plovdiv is 398 km. It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to drive from Bucharest to Plovdiv.

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Tarom offers flights from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 505+ hotels available in Plovdiv. Prices start at $29 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bucharest to Plovdiv.
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  • Distance: 172.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 8 min

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

You can take a bus from Bucharest to Plovdiv via Razgrad, Razgrad Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo, and Popovica in around 8 h 8 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
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
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 2 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
Every 4 hours
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
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Razgrad
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Razgrad Municipality to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
avtogari.info
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 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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