There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Sofia by plane, 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  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Sofia (SOF) IST - SOF

$67 - $202

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia

$13 - $36

3 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia

$30 - $65

Train  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station 81724
  2. Take the train from Svilengrad to Podujane Passenger 1624

$20 - $25

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 Sofia is to bus which costs 60 ₺ - 180 ₺ and takes 10 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Sofia is to fly which costs 320 ₺ - 1.000 ₺ and takes 4 h 43 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Sofia is 502 km. The road distance is 547.1 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 43 min to get from Istanbul to Sofia, 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 Sofia, Bulgaria?

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Sofia 3 times a day. Alternatively, Metro Plus operates a bus from Istanbul to Sofia 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $65 and the journey takes 9 h.

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)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $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 - $19
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
$18 - $35
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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