There are 9 ways to get from Cologne to Bulgaria by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Sofia (SOF) CGN - SOF

$41 - $220

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Varna  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Varna (VAR) CGN - VAR

$108 - $312

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Sofia  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Sofia (SOF) FRA - SOF

$102 - $438

Train to Dortmund, fly to Sofia  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Holzwickede Bf
  2. Fly from Dortmund (DTM) to Sofia (SOF) DTM - SOF

$42 - $252

Train, bus  •  25 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zagreb Autobusni kolodvor
  3. Take the bus from Autobusni kolodvor to Sofia Serdika

$211 - $304

Bus BG Razpisanie  •  26 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln Gumerbaherstraße to Sofia

$80 - $150

Bus Radina VIP  •  34 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln airport to Sofia

$127 - $159

Train, drive  •  21 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Villach Hbf Ec
  2. Drive from Villach Hbf to Sofia

$264 - $393

Drive  •  17 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Sofia 1163.4 miles

$240 - $360

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln Gumerbaherstraße and arriving at Sofia. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 26 h 25 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Bulgaria is 1681 km. The road distance is 1861.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bulgaria without a car is to train and bus which takes 25 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 38 min to get from Cologne to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Cologne to Bulgaria bus services, operated by BG Razpisanie, depart from Köln Gumerbaherstraße station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bulgaria is to fly which takes 5 h 38 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 26 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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Cologne to Bulgaria bus services, operated by BG Razpisanie, arrive at Sofia station.

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Bulgaria is 1 h ahead of Cologne. It is currently 12:15 AM in Cologne and 1:15 AM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Bulgaria is 1861 km. It takes approximately 17 h 54 min to drive from Cologne to Bulgaria.

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  • Distance: 1050.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 38 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Bulgaria?

Ryanair, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Cologne to Sofia every 4 hours. Alternatively, BG Razpisanie operates a bus from Cologne to Sofia 5 times a week. Tickets cost $80 - $150 and the journey takes 26 h 25 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Dortmund to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Varna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$27 - $190
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$27 - $190
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Sofia via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$27 - $190
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Dortmund to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $290
Flights from Dortmund to Sofia via Varna
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $290
SunExpress Deutschland
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Varna
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Train operators
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 Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zagreb Autobusni kolodvor
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Villach Hbf
Ave. Duration
11 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $230
Website
bahn.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Holzwickede Bf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
ATVO S.p.A.
Phone
+39 0421 5944
Email
atvo@atvo.it
Website
atvo.it
Bus from Autobusni kolodvor to Sofia Serdika
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
atvo.it
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Köln Gumerbaherstraße to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from Köln airport to Sofia
Ave. Duration
32 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Schedules at
radinavip.com

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Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Ryanair and Lufthansa offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Sofia Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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