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There are 6 ways to get from Lyon to Sofia by plane, train, bus 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 from Lyon  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Sofia (SOF) LYS - SOF

$112 - $378

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Bus Union Ivkoni  •  27 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Sofia

$60 - $120

4 alternative options

Train to Geneva, fly  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Sofia (SOF) GVA - SOF

$109 - $260

Bus Dary Commerce  •  33 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Genoa, Genoa N719 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Genova Piazza Principe to Sofia

Train  •  45 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  4. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Brasov Ic
  5. Take the train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A R / ...
  6. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia

$320 - $523

Drive  •  17 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Sofia 1154.4 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Sofia is to bus which costs 50€ - 100€ and takes 27 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Sofia is to train and fly which costs 95€ - 230€ and takes 7 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon and arriving at Sofia. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 27 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu and arriving at Sofia via Genève, Zürich HB, Budapest-Keleti, Brasov and Bucuresti Nord Gara A. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45 h 49 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Sofia is 1507 km. The road distance is 1847.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 27 h 15 min and costs 50€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 38 min to get from Lyon to Sofia, including transfers.

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Lyon to Sofia bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Lyon station.

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Lyon to Sofia train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Sofia is to fly which takes 7 h 38 min and costs 95€ - 330€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 100€ and takes 27 h 15 min, you could also train, which costs 270€ - 460€ and takes 45 h 49 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 942 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 38 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Lufthansa, Air France and 13 other airlines fly from Lyon to Sofia hourly. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Lyon to Sofia twice a week. Tickets cost $60 - $120 and the journey takes 27 h 15 min. Georg also services this route twice a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $300
Flights from Geneva to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Sofia via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Geneva to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $17
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$220 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Genova Piazza Principe to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22 h 32 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
dary.bg

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There is no direct flight from Lyon Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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Lyon to Sofia bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Lyon. It is currently 5:18 AM in Lyon and 6:18 AM in Sofia.

Lyon to Sofia train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Sofia is 1847 km. It takes approximately 17 h 57 min to drive from Lyon to Sofia.

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KLM, Alitalia, British Airways and seven other airlines offer flights from Lyon Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1239+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 9€ - 15€.

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