There are 11 ways to get from Budapest to Stara Zagora by bus, train, night train, car or plane

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Bus FlixBus  •  15 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia N982
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora

$50 - $96

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Fly Budapest to Sofia, train  •  10 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sofia (SOF) BUD - SOF
  2. Take the train from Iskarsko shose to Stara Zagora

$40 - $281

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Bus Arda Tur  •  16 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora 595 / ...

$50

Train  •  26 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ic
  2. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Ruse(BG)
  3. Take the train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa 461
  4. Take the train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Stara Zagora 465

$46 - $67

EuroNight, night train  •  29 h 26 min

  1. Take the EuroNight from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord Dacia
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Stara Zagora Bosphor Express

$41 - $62

Drive  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Stara Zagora 630.1 miles

$110 - $170

Fly Budapest to Varna, train  •  11 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Varna (VAR) BUD - VAR
  2. Take the train from Beloslav to Stara Zagora

$123 - $456

Fly Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk, bus  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BUD - IST
  2. Take the bus from Istanbul to Stara Zagora

$74 - $286

Train to Vienna, fly to Sofia, train  •  12 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Sofia (SOF) VIE - SOF
  3. Take the train from Iskarsko shose to Stara Zagora

$125 - $302

Fly Budapest to Bucharest Otopeni, bus, train  •  13 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) BUD - OTP
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
  3. Take the train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa
  4. Take the train from Gorna Oryahovitsa to Stara Zagora

Fly Budapest to Alexandroupolis, bus  •  13 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Alexandroupolis (AXD) BUD - AXD
  2. Take the bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
  3. Take the bus from Komotini to Kharmanli
  4. Take the bus from Kharmanli to Stara Zagora

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora. However, there are services departing from Kálvin tér M and arriving at Stara Zagora via Budapest. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Stara Zagora. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Stara Zagora via Bucuresti Nord Gara A, Ruse and Gorna Oryahovitsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 29 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Stara Zagora is 766 km. The road distance is 1008.2 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Stara Zagora without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 15 h 58 min to get from Budapest to Stara Zagora, including transfers.

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Budapest to Stara Zagora bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Budapest station.

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Budapest to Stara Zagora train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Stara Zagora is to bus which takes 15 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 26 h 29 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 Stara Zagora bus services, operated by Arda Tur, arrive at Stara Zagora station.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Stara Zagora.
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  • Distance: 478.5 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 58 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Stara Zagora, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora via Kelenföld vasútállomás M, Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld, and Sofia in around 15 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Stara Zagora via Bucuresti Nord Gara A, Ruse(BG), Ruse, and Gorna Oryahovitsa in around 26 h 29 min.

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
Tuesday, 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
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
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
Flights from Budapest to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
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
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Budapest to Alexandroupolis via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
SunExpress Deutschland
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Budapest to Alexandroupolis via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Train operators
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
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 Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $11
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Iskarsko shose to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $9
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Beloslav to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Website
bdz.bg
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord
Ave. Duration
17 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
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
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
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 Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Bus from Kharmanli to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Trans5
Website
trans5.bg
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
trans5.bg
Globus ES
Phone
044/62 48 83
Email
globuses@abv.bg
Website
globuses.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
globuses.com
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
valeross.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Kharmanli to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
KTEL Evrou
Phone
25510-26479
Website
ktelevrou.gr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
ktelevrou.gr
KTEL
Website
ktelbus.com
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Komotini
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Kharmanli
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Torre
Phone
0373/91 99
Email
torretravel@yahoo.bg
Website
torre-bg.com
Bus from Kharmanli to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
torre-bg.com

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Stara Zagora is 1 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 3:29 AM in Budapest and 4:29 AM in Stara Zagora.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Stara Zagora is 1008 km. It takes approximately 9 h 59 min to drive from Budapest to Stara Zagora.

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

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There are 53+ hotels available in Stara Zagora. Prices start at $28 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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