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

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Fly  •  4 h 43 min

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

$67 - $202

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia

$11 - $31

3 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia

$29 - $65

Bus, night train  •  12 h 48 min

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

$18 - $23

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Sofia 342 miles

$70 - $110

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

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 43 min to get from Istanbul to Sofia, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Sofia is to fly which takes 4 h 43 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h.

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

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

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Sofia is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 9:37 AM in Istanbul and 9:37 AM in Sofia.

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

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  • Distance: 313.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 43 min

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

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

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
$10 - $17
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
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
$16 - $30
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
$10 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1173+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs .

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