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

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Bus  •  9h 30m

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

$14 - $35

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Train  •  9h 45m

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

$14 - $17

Night train, night bus  •  9h 1m

  1. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Ruse Bosphor Express
  2. Take the night bus from Ruse Central Bus Station to Sofia Central Bus Station Silistra - Ruse - Sofia

$17 - $20

Drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Sofia 242.3 miles

$35 - $60

Fly from Bucharest Otopeni  •  4h 48m

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

$52 - $243

Bus to Varna, fly  •  6h 51m

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

$68 - $164

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

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

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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 9h 30m.

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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 9h 45m.

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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 9h 30m and costs $14 - $35.

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The bus from Bucharest - Gară Filaret to Sofia - Central Bus Station takes 9h 30m 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 9h 30m and costs $14 - $35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $14 - $17 and takes 9h 45m, you could also fly, which costs $50 - $250 and takes 4h 48m.

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  • Distance: 184.8 miles
  • Duration: 9h 30m

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 9h 30m. 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 9h 45m.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Varna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
ETAP Group
Website
etapgroup.com
Bus from Bucharest - Gară Filaret to Sofia - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
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
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
ms.mk
Global Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Night bus from Ruse Central Bus Station to Sofia Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Website
Global Biomet
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Varna
Ave. Duration
4h
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 1h 15m.

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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 5h 3m 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 1261+ 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 44m and costs $1 - $2.

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