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

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Fly to Budapest  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Budapest (BUD) SOF - BUD

$33 - $273

Cheapest option

Bus Group Ltd.  •  12 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest Népliget

$2

3 alternative options

Fly to Vienna, train  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Vienna (VIE) SOF - VIE
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Kelenföld

$117 - $297

Bus Tourbus Bulgaria  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest

$50 - $65

Drive  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Budapest 478.9 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Budapest is to bus which costs $2 and takes 12 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Budapest is to fly which costs $30 - $280 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia Serdika and arriving at Budapest. Services depart once a week, and operate Thursday. The journey takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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The distance between Sofia and Budapest is 631 km. The road distance is 766.3 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Budapest without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 15 min and costs $50 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Sofia to Budapest, including transfers.

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Sofia to Budapest bus services, operated by Tourbus Bulgaria, depart from Sofia Serdika station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Budapest is to fly which takes 4 h 47 min and costs $30 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $65 and takes 12 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Sofia to Budapest bus services, operated by Tourbus Bulgaria, arrive at Budapest station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 394.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Budapest, Hungary?

Wizz Air flies from Sofia to Budapest 3 times a week. Alternatively, Tourbus Bulgaria operates a bus from Sofia to Budapest once a week. Tickets cost $50 - $65 and the journey takes 12 h 15 min.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Vienna via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Sofia to Vienna via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $450
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bus operators
Tourbus Bulgaria
Phone
00359 2 980 68 62
Email
touringbus@touring.bg
Website
touring.bg
Bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
touring.bg
Group Ltd.
Phone
+359 2 980 63 36
Email
group@gbg.bg
Website
group-ood.com
Bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
group-ood.com
KARAT-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
karat-s.com

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