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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Varna  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Varna (VAR) IST - VAR

$83 - $265

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia

$14 - $42

4 alternative options

Fly to Sofia, line 1 subway  •  4 h 56 min

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

$68 - $203

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia

$29 - $65

Train  •  13 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station 81724
  2. Take the train from Svilengrad to Sofia 1624 / ...

$21 - $26

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Sofia 342 miles

$70 - $110

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria is to bus which costs 65 ₺ - 200 ₺ and takes 10 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria is to fly which takes 3 h 44 min and costs 380 ₺ - 1.300 ₺.

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The distance between Istanbul and Bulgaria is 337 km. The road distance is 547 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Sofia. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h.

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What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Bulgaria?

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Varna once daily. Alternatively, Metro Plus operates a bus from Istanbul to Sofia 4 times a day. Tickets cost $29 - $65 and the journey takes 9 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Varna
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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