There are 7 ways to get from Sofia to Bucharest by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus ETAP Group  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Bucharest - Gară Filaret

$13 - $35

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Bus FlixBus  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari 980

$23 - $37

Train, bus  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Ruse 462
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to București

Train  •  9 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Ruse 462
  2. Take the train from Ruse(BG) to Bucuresti Nord Gara A

$15 - $18

Drive  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Bucharest 242.1 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to Bucharest Otopeni  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) SOF - OTP

$52 - $243

Fly to Varna, bus  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Varna (VAR) SOF - VAR
  2. Take the bus from Varna to București

$51 - $143

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia - Central Bus Station station and arriving at Bucharest - Gară Filaret. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Sofia to Bucharest. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Bucuresti Nord Gara A via Ruse(BG). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 55 min.

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The distance between Sofia and Bucharest is 296 km. The road distance is 387.4 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Bucharest without a car is to bus which takes 7 h and costs .

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The bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Bucharest - Gară Filaret takes 7 h including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Sofia to Bucharest bus services, operated by ETAP Group, arrive at Sofia - Central Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Sofia to Bucharest is to bus which takes 7 h and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 9 h 55 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 33 min.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Sofia to Bucharest bus services, operated by ETAP Group, arrive at Bucharest - Gară Filaret station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Bucharest.
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  • Distance: 184.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania?

ETAP Group operates a bus from Sofia to Bucharest twice daily. Tickets cost $13 - $35 and the journey takes 7 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sofia to Bucharest via Ruse and Ruse(BG) in around 9 h 55 min.

Airlines
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Sofia to Varna
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Varna
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $200
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to Ruse
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $12
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse(BG) to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
ETAP Group
Website
etapgroup.com
Bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Bucharest - Gară Filaret
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
etapgroup.com
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 Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Ruse to București
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Varna to București
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com

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Sofia to Bucharest train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Bucuresti Nord Gara A station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Bucharest is 387 km. It takes approximately 5 h 3 min to drive from Sofia to Bucharest.

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Tarom offers flights from Sofia Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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There are 1888+ hotels available in Bucharest. Prices start at $36 USD per night.

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

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