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

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Fly  •  4h 5m

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sofia (SOF) BUD - SOF

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Bus  •  15h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Sofia N982 / ...

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Bus via Belgrade  •  16h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget to Subotica
  2. Take the bus from Subotica to Belgrade
  3. Take the bus from Belgrade to Sofia Serdica Bus Stop

Train, bus  •  20h 45m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Baile Herculane Ir
  2. Take the bus from Băile Herculane to Sofia 1950

Train  •  22h 52m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Craiova Ir
  2. Take the train from Craiova to Vidin
  3. Take the train from Vidin to Sofia Re

Drive  •  7h 29m

  1. Drive from Budapest to Sofia 765.1 km

Budapest to Sofia by subway and bus

7 Weekly Services
15h 10m Average Duration
$41 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to bus which costs 15 000 Ft - 36 000 Ft and takes 15h 10m.

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The fastest way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 5m and costs 35 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Sofia via Craiova and Vidin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h 52m.

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The distance between Budapest and Sofia is 649 km. The road distance is 765.1 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 15h 10m and costs 15 000 Ft - 36 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m to get from Budapest to Sofia, including transfers.

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Budapest to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 5m and costs 35 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15 000 Ft - 36 000 Ft and takes 15h 10m, you could also train, which costs 26 000 Ft - 32 000 Ft and takes 22h 52m.

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Sofia is 1h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 2:03 PM in Budapest and 3:03 PM in Sofia.

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

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 649.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 5m

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Ryanair and Austrian Airlines fly from Budapest to Sofia 3 times a day. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Sofia 5 times a week. Tickets cost $65 - $95 and the journey takes 14h. Karat-S also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Train operators
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2Rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
https://www.flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Băile Herculane to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
https://www.flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Budapest Nepliget to Sofia Serdica Bus Station
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
https://www.karat-s.com/
Bus from Belgrade to Sofia Serdica Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
https://www.karat-s.com/
Terra Travel d.o.o.
Phone
011 3287 412
Email
info@terratravel.rs
Website
terratravel.rs
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Subotica
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
terratravel.rs
Garo Reisen
Phone
+381 20 333 733
Email
garoreisen@gmail.com
Website
garo-reisen.rs
Bus from Subotica to Velika Plana
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
garo-reisen.rs
Citylines
Phone
+3590885700870
Email
support@citylines.eu
Website
citylines.eu
Bus from Belgrade to Sofia Serdica Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Schedules at
citylines.eu

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Sofia is 765 km. It takes approximately 7h 29m to drive from Budapest to Sofia.

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