How to get from Greece to Bulgaria

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Recommended option

Fly, line 1 subway  •  4 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sofia (SOF) ATH - SOF
  2. Take the line 1 subway from Sofia Mladost 1 to Sofia Serdika

$29 - $122

4 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia

$35 - $70

Train, bus via Thessaloniki  •  10 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic 58 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia - Central Bus Station

$41 - $55

Train, bus  •  12 h

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic 58 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof

$43 - $58

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Sofia 496.2 miles

$110 - $180

What companies run services between Greece and Bulgaria?

Valeross operates a bus from Athens to Sofia once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $70 and the journey takes 10 h 2 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $150
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
10 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $69
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Greece and Bulgaria is 498 km. The road distance is 794 km.

The cheapest way to get from Greece to Bulgaria is to fly and line 1 subway which costs 24€ - 110€ and takes 4 h 49 min.

The quickest way to get from Greece to Bulgaria is to fly and line 1 subway which takes 4 h 49 min and costs 24€ - 110€.

It takes approximately 4 h 49 min to get from Greece to Bulgaria, including transfers.