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

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Bus Metro Plus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv

$26 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus, night train  •  10 h 13 min

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

$14 - $18

3 alternative options

Bus Matpu  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv

$20 - $30

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv 260.3 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, train  •  7 h 51 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 and night train which costs 85 ₺ - 120 ₺ and takes 10 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv is to drive which costs 260 ₺ - 390 ₺ and takes 4 h 3 min.

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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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The distance between Istanbul and Plovdiv is 371 km. The road distance is 416.5 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Plovdiv without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs 160 ₺ - 300 ₺.

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

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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Plovdiv is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 11:58 AM in Istanbul and 11:58 AM in Plovdiv.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Plovdiv is 417 km. It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Airport to Sofia Airport.

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  • Distance: 232.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

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 $26 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 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
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Çerkezköy to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $10
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Iskarsko shose to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Once 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
$26 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
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

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