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There are 6 ways to get from Bulgaria to Turkey by plane, bus, night bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  1h 45m

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

$106 - $291

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  10h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$11 - $31

4 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$29 - $65

Night bus  •  9h 47m

  1. Take the night bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari Sofia - Istanbul

$12 - $16

Night train, bus  •  12h 27m

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

$19 - $24

Drive  •  5h 8m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Bulgaria to Turkey is to night bus which costs $11 - $16 and takes 9h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Bulgaria to Turkey is to fly which costs $100 - $300 and takes 1h 45m.

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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 9h.

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The distance between Bulgaria and Turkey is 895 km. The road distance is 547 km.

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

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It takes approximately 1h 45m to get from Bulgaria to Turkey, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Turkey is to fly which takes 1h 45m and costs $100 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 - $65 and takes 9h.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Bulgaria to Turkey.
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  • Distance: 559.3 miles
  • Duration: 1h 45m

What companies run services between Bulgaria and 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 9h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
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
9h
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
9h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
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
9h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $29
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Night bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Turkey is 1h ahead of Bulgaria. It is currently 6:53 AM in Bulgaria and 7:53 AM in Turkey.

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

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

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There are three+ hotels available in Turkey. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bulgaria to Varna Airport is to taxi which takes 10m and costs $25 - $30.

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