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There are 10 ways to get from Sofia to Budapest by plane, train, shuttle, 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 to Budapest  •  4h 43m

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

$33 - $273

Cheapest option

Bus Group Ltd.  •  12h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest Népliget

$1

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Fly to Vienna, train  •  7h 48m

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

$117 - $297

Fly to Bratislava, train  •  8h 12m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Bratislava (BTS) SOF - BTS
  2. Take the train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati

$67 - $277

Fly to Oradea, train  •  13h 17m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Oradea (OMR) SOF - OMR
  2. Take the train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany
  3. Take the train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati

$194 - $623

Fly to Belgrade, shuttle  •  10h 13m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Belgrade (BEG) SOF - BEG
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Belgrade to Budapest

$112 - $215

Bus Arda Tur  •  11h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Budapest Népliget M Varna - Berlin / ...

$37 - $81

Bus FlixBus  •  12h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld N982

$45 - $74

Train  •  23h 38m

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Vidin
  2. Take the train from Vidin to Craiova
  3. Take the train from Craiova to Simeria Ir / ...
  4. Take the train from Simeria to Lököshaza Ic
  5. Take the train from Lököshaza to Budapest-Keleti D / ...

$36 - $55

Drive  •  8h 8m

  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 $1 and takes 12h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Budapest is to fly which costs $30 - $280 and takes 4h 43m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sofia to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Budapest-Keleti via Vidin, Craiova, Simeria and Lököshaza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 38m.

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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 11h 28m and costs $35 - $85.

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It takes approximately 4h 43m to get from Sofia to Budapest, including transfers.

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Sofia to Budapest train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Budapest is to fly which takes 4h 43m and costs $30 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 11h 28m, you could also train, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 23h 38m.

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

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Budapest is 1h behind Sofia. It is currently 5:32 PM in Sofia and 4:32 PM in Budapest.

Map of how to get from Sofia to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 394.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 43m

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

Wizz Air flies from Sofia to Budapest twice a week. Alternatively, Arda Tur operates a bus from Sofia to Budapest once daily. Tickets cost $36 and the journey takes 11h 15m. Five other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Blue Air
Website
blueairweb.com
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Vienna, Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Sofia to Oradea via Munich, Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,800
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Sofia to Bratislava
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Sofia to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $280
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Sofia to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $280
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
2h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Website
zssk.sk
Train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
slovakrail.sk
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Lököshaza to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to Vidin
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Train from Vidin to Craiova
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Craiova to Simeria
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Simeria to Lököshaza
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bus operators
Terra Travel d.o.o.
Phone
011 3287 412
Email
info@terratravel.rs
Website
terratravel.rs
Shuttle from Belgrade to Budapest
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
terratravel.rs
Book at
terratravel.rs
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Budapest Népliget M
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$36
Website
Arda Tur
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Budapest Nepliget
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Karat-S
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Budapest
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Sofia to Budapest, Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Sofia to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Budapest
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ecolines
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
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
group-ood.com

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Sofia to Budapest train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), arrive at Budapest-Keleti station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Budapest is 766 km. It takes approximately 8h 8m to drive from Sofia to Budapest.

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Wizz Air offers flights from Sofia Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 4563+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Sofia Airport is to line 84 shuttle which takes 34m and costs $1.

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