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There are 7 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Sofia (SOF) FRA - SOF

$72 - $397

Cheapest option

Bus BG Razpisanie  •  23 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Sofia

$55 - $260

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  22 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Passau Hauptbahnhof Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Passau to Sofia

$178 - $325

Bus Panonija Bus  •  30 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Niš
  2. Take the bus from Niš to Sofia

$135 - $140

Train  •  39 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rj / ...
  3. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Brasov Ic
  4. Take the train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A R / ...
  5. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia

$220 - $325

Train, drive  •  18 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  3. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Sofia

$248 - $383

Drive  •  16 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia 1050 miles

$220 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia is to fly which costs 60€ - 350€ and takes 5 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia is to fly which costs 60€ - 350€ and takes 5 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt and arriving at Sofia. Services depart three times a week, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 23 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Sofia via Wien Hbf, Budapest-Keleti, Brasov and Bucuresti Nord Gara A. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 3 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Sofia is 1389 km. The road distance is 1680 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 22 h 37 min and costs 150€ - 290€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 12 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Sofia bus services, operated by BG Razpisanie, depart from Frankfurt station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Sofia train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia is to fly which takes 5 h 12 min and costs 60€ - 350€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 230€ and takes 23 h 45 min, you could also train, which costs 190€ - 290€ and takes 39 h 3 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 868.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 12 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Lufthansa, Bulgaria Air and four other airlines fly from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia hourly. Alternatively, BG Razpisanie operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia 5 times a week. Tickets cost $70 - $150 and the journey takes 23 h 45 min. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Frankfurt to Sofia via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
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 Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Passau Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $17
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bus operators
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Passau to Sofia
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
26 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $260
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from Passau to Sofia
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
radinavip.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
23 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.com.tr
Bus from Frankfurt to Sofia
Ave. Duration
32 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
hasturizm.bg
Panonija Bus
Website
panonijabus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Niš
Ave. Duration
26 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$126
Schedules at
panonijabus.com
Book at
panonijabus.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Niš to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
matpu.com
Nis Ekspres
Phone
+381 18 255 177
Email
marketing@nis-ekspres.rs
Website
nis-ekspres.rs
Bus from Niš to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
nis-ekspres.rs
Book at
onlinetickets.nis-ekspres.rs

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Sofia bus services, operated by BG Razpisanie, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Frankfurt am Main. It is currently 2:29 PM in Frankfurt am Main and 3:29 PM in Sofia.

Frankfurt am Main to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Sofia is 1680 km. It takes approximately 16 h 17 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Sofia.

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Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Adria Airways and two other airlines offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1200+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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