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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 Arda Tur  •  9 h

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

$41 - $52

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Train, bus  •  11 h 10 min

  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 - $76

Bus Union Ivkoni  •  12 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Dupnitsa
  2. Take the bus from Dupnitsa to Larissa
  3. Take the bus from Larissa to Ioannina

Drive  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Ioannina 347.5 miles

$80 - $130

Fly  •  8 h

  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 9 h.

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

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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 9 h.

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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 9 h and costs $40 - $55.

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

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Sofia to Ioannina bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Ioannina is to bus which takes 9 h and costs $40 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $45 - $240 and takes 8 h.

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Ioannina Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 5 min 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: 9 h

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

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

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Bucharest Otopeni, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$35 - $220
TUS Airways Ltd
Website
tusairways.com
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Larnaca
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$120 - $1,500
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Sofia to Ioannina via Bucharest Otopeni, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Rodopolis to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
trainose.gr
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Second Class
$6 - $8
First Class
$7 - $10
Bus operators
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki KTEL
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Dupnitsa to Larissa
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Dupnitsa
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
avtogari.info
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Dupnitsa
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
KTEL Larisas
Phone
2410 567.600
Website
ktellarisas.gr
Bus from Larissa to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
ktellarisas.gr

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

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Ryanair, Sky Express , Bulgaria Air and four other airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Ioannina Airport.

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There are 148+ hotels available in Ioannina. Prices start at $49 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 $1.

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