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

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Bus Union Ivkoni  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki KTEL
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Ioannina

$41 - $52

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Train, bus  •  11h 18m

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Petrich
  2. Take the train from Rodopolis to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Ioannina

$59 - $86

Bus Crazy Holidays  •  11h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Kozani
  3. Take the bus from Kozani to Ioannina

Drive  •  6h 5m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Ioannina 347.5 miles

$80 - $130

Fly  •  7h 15m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Ioannina (IOA) SOF - IOA

$50 - $239

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Ioannina is to bus which costs $40 - $55 and takes 9h.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Ioannina is to drive which costs $80 - $130 and takes 6h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sofia to Ioannina. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Ioannina via Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h.

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The distance between Sofia and Ioannina is 396 km. The road distance is 556 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Ioannina without a car is to bus which takes 9h and costs $40 - $55.

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It takes approximately 9h to get from Sofia to Ioannina, including transfers.

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Sofia to Ioannina bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Ioannina is to bus which takes 9h and costs $40 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $45 - $240 and takes 7h 15m.

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Ioannina Airport. The quickest flight takes 9h 30m and has one stopover.

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Sofia to Ioannina bus services, operated by KTEL Ioanninon, arrive at Ioannina station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Ioannina.
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  • Distance: 247.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Ioannina, Greece?

You can take a bus from Sofia to Ioannina via Thessaloniki KTEL and Thessaloniki in around 9h. Alternatively, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and two other airlines fly from Sofia to Ioannina twice daily.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $380
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $220
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Rodopolis to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $18
Website
trainose.gr
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2nd Class Ticket
$6 - $9
1st Class Ticket
$7 - $10
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$12 - $15
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$16 - $18
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki KTEL
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
KTEL Kozanis
Phone
2461035811
Email
ktelkoz@otenet.gr
Website
ktelbus.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Kozani
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
ktelbus.com
Bus from Kozani to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
ktelbus.com
KTEL Aitoloakarnanias
Phone
26410-54444
Website
ktel-aitolnias.gr
Bus from Kozani to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
ktel-aitolnias.gr

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Ioannina is 556 km. It takes approximately 6h 5m to drive from Sofia to Ioannina.

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Aegean Airlines, Sky Express , Olympic Air and Ryanair offer flights from Sofia Airport to Ioannina Airport.

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There are 171+ hotels available in Ioannina. Prices start at $51 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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