There are 7 ways to get from Bulgaria to Athens by subway, plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Line 1 subway to Sofia, fly  •  5 h 15 min

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

$29 - $122

Cheapest option

Bus Tourist Service Holding AD  •  12 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$28 - $81

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Bus to Kavala, fly  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Xanthi
  2. Fly from Kavala (KVA) to Athens (ATH) KVA - ATH

$125 - $327

Bus to Bucharest Otopeni, fly  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
  2. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Athens (ATH) OTP - ATH

Bus Union Ivkoni  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$28 - $70

Bus, train  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens Θεσσαλονίκη - Αθήνα

$39 - $58

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Athens 496.1 miles

$110 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Bulgaria to Athens is to line 1 subway and fly which costs $28 - $130 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bulgaria to Athens is to line 1 subway and fly which costs $28 - $130 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Athens. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h.

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The distance between Bulgaria and Athens is 536 km. The road distance is 793.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Athens without a car is to bus which takes 12 h and costs $28 - $70.

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It takes approximately 5 h 15 min to get from Bulgaria to Athens, including transfers.

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Bulgaria to Athens bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Sofia station.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Bulgaria to Athens bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Athens station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bulgaria to Athens is 794 km. It takes approximately 8 h 17 min to drive from Bulgaria to Athens.

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Map of how to get from Bulgaria to Athens.
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  • Distance: 335 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 15 min

What companies run services between Bulgaria and Athens, Greece?

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Sofia to Athens twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $70 and the journey takes 12 h. Valeross also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Kavala to Athens
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Athens via Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $260
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$19 - $130
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$26 - $160
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Kavala to Athens
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bus operators
KTEL Xanthis
Phone
25410 27200
Email
info@ktelxanthis.gr
Website
ktelxanthis.gr
Bus from Plovdiv to Xanthi
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
ktelxanthis.gr
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$78
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com

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