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There are 5 ways to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul by plane, bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VAR - IST

$84 - $264

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  10 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$11 - $31

3 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$29 - $65

Night train, bus  •  12 h 36 min

  1. Take the night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$19 - $24

Drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul is to bus which costs $10 - $35 and takes 10 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul is to fly which costs $80 - $270 and takes 1 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h.

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The distance between Bulgaria and Istanbul is 337 km. The road distance is 547 km.

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs $29 - $65.

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It takes approximately 1 h 45 min to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Bulgaria to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul is to fly which takes 1 h 45 min and costs $80 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 - $65 and takes 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Varna Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Bulgaria to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Bulgaria to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 210.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 45 min

What companies run services between Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines flies from Varna to Istanbul once daily. Alternatively, Metro Plus operates a bus from Sofia to Istanbul every 4 hours. Tickets cost $29 - $65 and the journey takes 9 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $29
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Bulgaria. It is currently 7:28 PM in Bulgaria and 8:28 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Bulgaria to Istanbul is 547 km. It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to drive from Bulgaria to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Varna Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2369+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Varna Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs $2 - $4.

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