There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Sofia by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Sofia (SOF) MAD - SOF

$48 - $254

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Train, bus Ruse Bus  •  40 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Sofia 0800

$156 - $213

Train, bus Eurolines FR  •  41 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station Tgv
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Marseille-St-Charles Ic
  4. Take the bus from Marseille to Ruse
  5. Take the train from Ruse to Sofia 461

$367 - $517

Bus Yubim  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia 0800

$130 - $190

Bus Georg  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia

$404 - $556

Drive  •  28 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sofia 1857.4 miles

$350 - $550

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Sofia. Services depart once a week, and operate Tuesday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 days 2 h.

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The distance between Madrid and Sofia is 2253 km. The road distance is 2971.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sofia without a car is to train and bus which takes 40 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Madrid to Sofia, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sofia bus services, operated by Yubim, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sofia is to fly which takes 6 h 26 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 2 h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 15 min.

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Madrid to Sofia bus services, operated by Yubim, arrive at Sofia station.

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Sofia is 1 h ahead of Madrid. It is currently 10:43 PM in Madrid and 11:43 PM in Sofia.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Sofia is 2972 km. It takes approximately 28 h 23 min to drive from Madrid to Sofia.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 1408.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 26 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Bulgaria Air, Ryanair and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Sofia hourly. Alternatively, Yubim operates a bus from Madrid to Sofia twice a week. Tickets cost $130 - $170 and the journey takes 2 days 2 h. Ruse Bus also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $260
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Madrid to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Marseille-St-Charles
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Zaragoza to Sofia
Ave. Duration
38 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Marseille to Ruse
Ave. Duration
23 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$400 - $550
Schedules at
georg-bg.com

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Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Alitalia and five other airlines offer flights from Madrid 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 Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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