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There are 9 ways to get from Florence to Plovdiv by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly Florence to Sofia, shuttle  •  9h 17m

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

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Bus  •  25h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Florence to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Plovdiv Burgas Bus Station South - Sofia Central Bus Station / ...

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Train to Bologna, fly to Sofia, shuttle  •  7h 40m

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

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

Train to Rome, fly to Sofia, shuttle  •  8h 43m

  1. Take the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Roma Termini
  2. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Sofia (SOF) FCO - SOF
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv

Train to Bologna, fly to Bucharest Otopeni, shuttle  •  10h 45m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. 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

Train, bus via Venice  •  25h 19m

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

Train, bus  •  30h 33m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Rimini Re
  2. Take the bus from Rimini to Sofia
  3. Take the train from Sofia to Plovdiv Re / ...

Drive  •  14h 31m

  1. Drive from Florence to Plovdiv 1546.1 km
Italy → Bulgaria
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International entry into Bulgaria from Italy

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Bulgaria from Italy

  • There are no current restrictions
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Yes, entry into Bulgaria is currently allowed from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • 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 recommended.

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: 16 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Plovdiv is to bus which costs €80 - €120 and takes 25h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Plovdiv is to train and fly and shuttle which costs €85 - €240 and takes 7h 40m.

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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 56m.

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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 via Venice which takes 25h 19m and costs €130 - €220.

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It takes approximately 9h 17m 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 4h 5m 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 3:50 AM in Florence and 4:50 AM in Plovdiv.

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  • Distance: 1112.3 km
  • Duration: 9h 17m

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

You can take a bus from Florence to Plovdiv via Sofia in around 25h 56m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Bologna to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$95 - $260
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bologna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$14 - $150
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$21 - $190
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$23 - $160
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Catania
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$12 - $170
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$29 - $420
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Blue Air
Website
flyblueair.com
Flights from Florence to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Florence to Sofia via Madrid
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bologna to Bucharest Otopeni via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Train operators
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 S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$11 - $16
Base Standard
$26 - $35
Base Premium
$30 - $50
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $75
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$21 - $29
Base Standard
$40 - $60
Base Premium
$50 - $75
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 Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
$12 - $14
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Rimini
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15 - $30
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
$27 - $30
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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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 Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
$7 - $11
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
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$15 - $22
Smart Low Cost
$12 - $18
Smart Flex
$27 - $40
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$22 - $35
Smart Low Cost
$20 - $28
Smart Flex
$40 - $60
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
$65 - $85
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Atlas Taxi
Shuttle from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$180 - $220
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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
$120 - $150
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
$80 - $120
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Plovdiv Bus Station South
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Union Ivkoni
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Valeross
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Rimini to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$150 - $190
Schedules at
georg-bg.com

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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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Alitalia, KLM, Iberia and five other airlines offer flights from Florence Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 46+ 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 €7.

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