There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv by bus, train, car or plane

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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Bus Metro Plus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv

$25 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv

$10 - $28

3 alternative options

Train  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station 81724
  2. Take the train from Svilengrad to Plovdiv 492 / ...

$16 - $21

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv 260.3 miles

$50 - $80

Fly, train  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Sofia (SOF) IST - SOF
  2. Take the train from Iskarsko Shose to Plovdiv

$71 - $208

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv is to bus which costs 45 ₺ - 140 ₺ and takes 7 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv is to drive which takes 4 h 3 min and costs 250 ₺ - 370 ₺.

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The distance between Istanbul and Plovdiv is 371 km. The road distance is 417 km.

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The bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv takes 6 h 45 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Plovdiv. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv 4 times a day. Tickets cost $25 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Istanbul to Plovdiv via WTC - Istanbul Fuar Merkezi, Halkalı Station, Kapıkule Station, Kapikule, and Svilengrad in around 10 h 15 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
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)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Svilengrad to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Iskarsko Shose to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $18
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 Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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