There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria by plane, subway, bus, night 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.

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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

$11 - $29

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

Bus, night train  •  13 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
  2. Take the night train from Çerkezköy to Sofia Bosphor Express

$19 - $23

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Sofia 342 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria is to bus which costs 65 ₺ - 190 ₺ and takes 10 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria is to fly which costs 500 ₺ - 1.700 ₺ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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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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The distance between Istanbul and Bulgaria is 337 km. The road distance is 547.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs 190 ₺ - 400 ₺.

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

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Istanbul to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Bulgaria is to fly which takes 3 h 44 min and costs 500 ₺ - 1.700 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 190 ₺ - 400 ₺ and takes 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Varna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Istanbul to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Sofia station.

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Bulgaria is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 10:53 AM in Istanbul and 10:53 AM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Bulgaria is 547 km. It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to drive from Istanbul to Bulgaria.

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  • Distance: 210.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 44 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Bulgaria?

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Varna twice 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 Varna via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
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
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
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
$14 - $27
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
$9 - $13
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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