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There are 6 ways to get from Greece to Bulgaria by plane, subway, bus, train or car

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Fly, line 1 subway  •  4 h 54 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

5 alternative options

Bus Tourist Service Holding AD  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia

$76

Train, bus  •  12 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Αθήνα - Θεσσαλονίκη
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof

$39 - $53

Train, bus via Blagoevgrad  •  13 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
  3. Take the train from Blagoevgrad to Sofia

$47 - $58

Bus Union Ivkoni  •  15 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Piraeus to Dupnitsa
  2. Take the bus from Dupnitsa to Sofia

$36 - $78

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Sofia 496.2 miles

$110 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Greece to Bulgaria is to fly and line 1 subway which costs 25€ - 110€ and takes 4 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Greece to Bulgaria is to fly and line 1 subway which costs 25€ - 110€ and takes 4 h 54 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Athens and arriving at Sofia. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 20 min.

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The distance between Greece and Bulgaria is 498 km. The road distance is 793.9 km.

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The best way to get from Greece to Bulgaria without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 20 min and costs 66€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Greece to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Greece to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Tourist Service Holding AD, depart from Athens station.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Greece to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Tourist Service Holding AD, arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Greece to Bulgaria is 794 km. It takes approximately 8 h 17 min to drive from Greece to Bulgaria.

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Map of how to get from Greece to Bulgaria.
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  • Distance: 311.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Greece and Bulgaria?

Tourist Service Holding AD operates a bus from Athens to Sofia twice daily. Tickets cost $76 and the journey takes 11 h 20 min.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
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Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
tourist-service.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
$14
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Piraeus to Dupnitsa
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
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
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $16
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Dupnitsa to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
avtogari.info
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Dupnitsa to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com

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Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and Aegean Airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 123+ hotels available in Bulgaria. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Greece to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs 9€.

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