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

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Bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest - Gară Filaret to Sofia - Central Bus Station

$14 - $35

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Train  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia

$14 - $17

Night train, bus  •  10 h 21 min

  1. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Ruse Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to Sofia

$16 - $22

Drive  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Sofia 242.3 miles

$35 - $60

Fly from Bucharest Otopeni  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Sofia (SOF) OTP - SOF

$52 - $243

Bus to Varna, fly  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from București to Varna
  2. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Sofia (SOF) VAR - SOF

$51 - $143

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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Sofia is to train which costs $14 - $17 and takes 9 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Sofia is to fly which costs $50 - $250 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bucharest - Gară Filaret and arriving at Sofia - Central Bus Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bucuresti Nord Gara A and arriving at Sofia. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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The distance between Bucharest and Sofia is 296 km. The road distance is 387.6 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 30 min and costs $14 - $35.

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The bus from Bucharest - Gară Filaret to Sofia - Central Bus Station takes 9 h 30 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Bucharest to Sofia bus services, operated by ETAP Group, depart from Bucharest - Gară Filaret station.

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Bucharest to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Bucuresti Nord Gara A station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Sofia is to bus which takes 9 h 30 min and costs $14 - $35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $14 - $17 and takes 9 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs $50 - $250 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Bucharest to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 184.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 30 min

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

ETAP Group operates a bus from Bucharest to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $14 - $35 and the journey takes 9 h 30 min. Makedonija Soobrakaj AD also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Romanian Railways (CFR) operates a train from Bucharest to Sofia once daily. Tickets cost $14 - $17 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Varna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
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
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
ETAP Group
Website
etapgroup.com
Bus from Bucharest - Gară Filaret to Sofia - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
etapgroup.com
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Bucharest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
ms.mk
Union Ivkoni
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Varna
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com

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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 Sofia bus services, operated by ETAP Group, arrive at Sofia - Central Bus Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Sofia is 388 km. It takes approximately 5 h 3 min to drive from Bucharest to Sofia.

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Tarom offers flights from Bucharest Otopeni 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 Bucharest to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 44 min and costs $1 - $2.

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