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There are 10 ways to get from Florence to Plovdiv by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly Florence to Sofia, shuttle  •  10h 22m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Sofia (SOF) FLR - SOF
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv

$237 - $353

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Bus via Skopje  •  36h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Florence to Skopje bus station
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Sofia
  3. Take the bus from Sofia to Plovdiv

$96 - $135

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Train to Bologna, fly to Sofia, shuttle  •  8h 3m

  1. Take the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Sofia (SOF) BLQ - SOF
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv

$182 - $324

Fly Florence to Bucharest Otopeni, shuttle  •  10h 17m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) FLR - OTP
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Plovdiv

$297 - $2,158

Train to Rome, fly to Sofia, shuttle  •  8h 46m

  1. Take the train from Firenze Campo Marte to Fiumicino Aeroporto
  2. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Sofia (SOF) FCO - SOF
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv

$168 - $676

Train to Bologna, fly to Bucharest Otopeni, shuttle  •  11h 8m

  1. Take the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) BLQ - OTP
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Plovdiv

$322 - $749

Train, bus  •  24h 57m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre Fa / ...
  2. Take the bus from Venezia Mestre Station to Sofia
  3. Take the train from Sofia to Plovdiv Re / ...

$167 - $271

Bus  •  25h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Florence to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Plovdiv Pernik - Istanbul

$102 - $149

Train, bus via Trieste  •  25h 52m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre Fa / ...
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale Re / ...
  3. Take the bus from Trieste to Sofia
  4. Take the train from Sofia to Plovdiv Re / ...

$169 - $326

Drive  •  14h 31m

  1. Drive from Florence to Plovdiv 1546.1 km

$230 - $340

Florence to Plovdiv by bus

The bus journey time between Florence and Plovdiv is around 26h 15m and covers a distance of around 1577 km. The fastest bus normally takes 26h 15m. Services are operated by Florentia Bus, Hebros Bus Ltd., BG Razpisanie and others. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Florence to Plovdiv bus schedules

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Conditions of entry into Bulgaria from Italy

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Bulgaria from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Plovdiv is 02 807 87 57.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Plovdiv is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Plovdiv is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 02 807 87 57.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Bulgaria.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Plovdiv is to bus via Skopje which costs 75€ - 120€ and takes 36h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Plovdiv is to train and fly and shuttle which costs 150€ - 270€ and takes 8h 3m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Florence to Plovdiv. However, there are services departing from Florence and arriving at Plovdiv via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 33m.

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The distance between Florence and Plovdiv is 1112 km. The road distance is 1546.1 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Plovdiv without a car is to train and bus which takes 24h 57m and costs 130€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 10h 22m to get from Florence to Plovdiv, including transfers.

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Florence to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Florentia Bus, depart from Florence station.

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There is no direct flight from Florence Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 15m and has one stopover.

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Florence to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Hebros Bus Ltd., arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Plovdiv is 1h ahead of Florence. It is currently 3:42 AM in Florence and 4:42 AM in Plovdiv.

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  • Distance: 1112.3 km
  • Duration: 10h 22m

What companies run services between Florence, Italy and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Florence to Plovdiv via Sofia in around 25h 33m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $350
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $360
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $300
Flights from Bologna to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $230
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Santorini
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Mykonos
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Bologna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$20 - $160
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$17 - $120
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $220
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Catania
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $200
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$15 - $110
Blue Air
Website
flyblueair.com
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$27 - $120
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$22 - $95
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $230
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $420
Train operators
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$17 - $25
Smart Low Cost
$14 - $21
Smart Flex
$30 - $45
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$25 - $35
Smart Low Cost
$22 - $35
Smart Flex
$45 - $65
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze Campo Marte to Fiumicino Aeroporto
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $95
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$28 - $40
Base Standard
$50 - $75
Base Premium
$65 - $95
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $85
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$25 - $35
Base Standard
$45 - $65
Base Premium
$60 - $85
Train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$17 - $24
Base Standard
$35 - $50
Base Premium
$45 - $65
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $25
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
$22 - $25
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
$12 - $18
Bus operators
Atlas Taxi
Phone
+359 89 345 5533
Email
info@atlastaxi.eu
Website
atlastaxi.eu
Shuttle from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$75 - $95
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Atlas Taxi
Shuttle from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$200 - $250
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Atlas Taxi
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Venezia Mestre Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
17h 34m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
Yubim
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus from Florence to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Valeross
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Trieste to Sofia
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Florence to Skopje bus station
Ave. Duration
27h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
ms.mk
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com
Transkop patnicki soobrakaj A.D. Bitola
Phone
+389 47 231 192
Website
transkop.mk
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
transkop.mk

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Plovdiv is 1546 km. It takes approximately 14h 31m to drive from Florence to Plovdiv.

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KLM, Ryanair, Wizz Air and five other airlines offer flights from Florence Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 62+ hotels available in Plovdiv. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Florence to Florence Airport is to bus which takes 12 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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