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There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Sofia by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry or car

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Fly from Rome  •  4h 31m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Sofia (SOF) FCO - SOF

$70 - $598

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Fly from Rome Ciampino  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Rome Ciampino (CIA) to Sofia (SOF) CIA - SOF

$34 - $99

6 alternative options

Train to Naples, fly  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Sofia (SOF) NAP - SOF

$74 - $398

Train, bus via Trieste  •  22h 12m

  1. Take the train from Roma Tiburtina to Trieste Centrale Fa / ...
  2. Take the bus from Trieste to Sofia

$171 - $308

Train, bus  •  22h 22m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre Fr / ...
  2. Take the bus from Venezia Mestre Station to Sofia

$153 - $283

Bus and ferry, bus  •  25h 30m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome to Gostivar
  2. Take the bus from Gostivar to Skopje
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Sofia

$72 - $121

Bus  •  28h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Sofia

$210 - $280

Drive  •  16h 10m

  1. Drive from Rome to Sofia 1673.7 km

$250 - $370

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Sofia is to fly which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Sofia is to fly which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 18m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Roma and arriving at Sofia. Services depart once a week, and operate Saturday. The journey takes approximately 28h 30m.

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The distance between Rome and Sofia is 894 km. The road distance is 1673.7 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Sofia without a car is to train and bus via Trieste which takes 22h 12m and costs 150€ - 280€.

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It takes approximately 4h 31m to get from Rome to Sofia, including transfers.

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Rome to Sofia bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Roma station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Sofia is to fly which takes 4h 31m and costs 60€ - 550€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 190€ - 250€ and takes 28h 30m.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Rome to Sofia bus services, operated by Georg, arrive at Sofia station.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 893.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 31m

What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Sofia, Bulgaria?

Alitalia, Bulgaria Air and three other airlines fly from Rome to Sofia 3 times a day. Alternatively, Georg operates a bus from Roma to Sofia once a week. Tickets cost $210 - $280 and the journey takes 28h 30m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Flights from Naples to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Rome to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Flights from Naples to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $330
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Rome to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $360
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$24 - $90
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Naples to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$17 - $120
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $75
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$21 - $29
Base Standard
$40 - $60
Base Premium
$50 - $75
Train from Roma Tiburtina to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$50 - $70
Base Standard
$85 - $120
Base Premium
$100 - $150
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $130
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
$40 - $60
Base Standard
$70 - $100
Base Premium
$85 - $130
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
$16 - $23
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
$30 - $50
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
$30 - $34
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$22 - $35
Smart Low Cost
$19 - $28
Smart Flex
$40 - $60
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $95
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
$35 - $50
Smart Low Cost
$30 - $45
Smart Flex
$65 - $95
Bus operators
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Trieste to Sofia
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Roma to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$210 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Venezia Mestre Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
17h 34m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Website
Yubim
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus and ferry from Rome to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
18h 27m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Bus from Gostivar to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
AD Galeb Ohrid
Phone
(389) 46 251-882
Email
info@galeb.mk
Website
galeb.mk
Bus from Gostivar to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
galeb.mk
DRD Turizem
Phone
+386 (0)51 224 222
Email
info@drd.si
Website
drd.si
Bus from Gostivar Central Bus Station to Skopje Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Website
DRD Turizem
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Schedules at
ms.mk
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com

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Sofia is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 4:40 AM in Rome and 5:40 AM in Sofia.

Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Sofia is 1674 km. It takes approximately 16h 10m to drive from Rome to Sofia.

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Alitalia, Aegean Airlines, Bulgaria Air and two other airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 1149+ hotels available in Sofia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 7€ - 35€.

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