There are 6 ways to get from Budapest to Bulgaria by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly Budapest to Sofia, line 1 subway  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sofia (SOF) BUD - SOF
  2. Take the line 1 subway from Sofia Mladost 1 to Sofia Serdika

$33 - $273

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Fly Budapest to Varna  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Varna (VAR) BUD - VAR

$113 - $445

Train to Vienna, fly to Sofia  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Sofia (SOF) VIE - SOF

$118 - $294

Bus Eurolines HU  •  12 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget to Sofia Serdika 591 / ...

$41 - $76

Bus Tourbus Bulgaria  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Sofia Serdika

$45 - $65

Drive  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Sofia 479.5 miles

$85 - $130

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Budapest and arriving at Sofia Serdika. Services depart once a week, and operate Thursday. The journey takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Bulgaria is 743 km. The road distance is 767.2 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Bulgaria without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 13 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to get from Budapest to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Budapest to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Eurolines HU, depart from Budapest Népliget station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Bulgaria is to fly which takes 6 h 38 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 13 min.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Budapest to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Eurolines HU, arrive at Sofia Serdika station.

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Bulgaria is 1 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 6:20 PM in Budapest and 7:20 PM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Bulgaria is 767 km. It takes approximately 7 h 55 min to drive from Budapest to Bulgaria.

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  • Distance: 464.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Bulgaria?

Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and five other airlines fly from Budapest to Varna 4 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines HU operates a bus from Budapest to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $75 and the journey takes 11 h.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk, Constanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Rome, Sofia
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
SunExpress Deutschland
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Sofia Serdika
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
Tourbus Bulgaria
Phone
00359 2 980 68 62
Email
touringbus@touring.bg
Website
touring.bg
Bus from Budapest to Sofia Serdika
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
touring.bg

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Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and Tarom offer flights from Budapest Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 122+ hotels available in Bulgaria. Prices start at $26 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 33 min and costs .

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