There are 5 ways to get from Sofia to Budapest 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.

Recommended option

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  •  8 h

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

$117 - $297

Bus EAAA  •  11 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Budapest

$30 - $65

Drive  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Budapest 478.9 miles

$85 - $130

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

Wizz Air flies from Sofia to Budapest 3 times a week. Alternatively, EAAA operates a bus from Sofia to Budapest once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 11 h 41 min. Tourbus Bulgaria also services this route once a week.

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, 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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $450
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Bus operators
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Sofia to Budapest
Ave. Duration
11 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Sofia and Budapest is 631 km. The road distance is 766 km.

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

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

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Budapest. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 41 min.

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