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There are 10 ways to get from Sofia to Katowice by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry or car

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Fly to Katowice  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Katowice (KTW) SOF - KTW

$74 - $269

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Bus and ferry, train  •  19 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Sofia to Brno
  2. Take the train from Brno hl.n. to Bohumin R
  3. Take the train from Bohumin to Katowice Os / ...

$8 - $14

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Fly to Krakow, bus  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Krakow (KRK) SOF - KRK
  2. Take the bus from Kraków Airport to Katowice dw.PKS ul.Skargi

$44 - $218

Fly to Warsaw Chopin, train  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Warsaw Chopin (WAW) SOF - WAW
  2. Take the train from Warszawa Zachodnia to Katowice

$82 - $252

Fly to Ostrava, train  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Ostrava (OSR) SOF - OSR
  2. Take the train from Ostrava-Svinov to Katowice

$92 - $382

Fly to Vienna, train  •  9 h 59 min

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

$83 - $246

Bus Group Ltd.  •  23 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest Népliget
  2. Take the bus from Budapest Orange Ways to Katowice Zob

$35 - $50

Bus Ecolines  •  24 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Katowice

$75 - $250

Train  •  34 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Videle
  2. Take the train from Videle to Arad D
  3. Take the train from Lököshaza to Szolnok D / ...
  4. Take the train from Szolnok to Budapest-Nyugati Ic / ...
  5. Take the train from Budapest-Nyugati to Katowice Ic

$80 - $119

Drive  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Katowice 834.2 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Katowice is to bus and ferry and train which costs $8 - $14 and takes 19 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Katowice is to fly and train which costs $80 - $260 and takes 7 h 26 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Katowice. Services depart once a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 24 h 41 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sofia to Katowice. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Katowice via Videle, Arad, Lököshaza, Szolnok and Budapest-Nyugati. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 10 min.

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The distance between Sofia and Katowice is 902 km. The road distance is 1334.8 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Katowice without a car is to bus and ferry and train which takes 19 h 44 min and costs $8 - $14.

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It takes approximately 8 h 8 min to get from Sofia to Katowice, including transfers.

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Sofia to Katowice bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Sofia station.

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

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The best way to get from Sofia to Katowice is to fly which takes 8 h 8 min and costs $70 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 23 h, you could also train, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 34 h 10 min.

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  • Distance: 564 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 8 min

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Katowice, Poland?

LOT, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Sofia to Katowice every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sofia to Katowice via Budapest Népliget and Budapest Orange Ways in around 23 h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Munich
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Sofia to Warsaw Chopin via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Flights from Sofia to Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Sofia to Ostrava via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $370
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via London Luton
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $330
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Sofia to Katowice via Dortmund
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Sofia to Krakow via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Sofia to Warsaw Chopin via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $460
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Sofia to Ostrava via Prague
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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
Train operators
Polish Railways (PKP)

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability, and large families being entitled to discounts. Polish Railways offer a pre-booking service for travellers living outside of Poland - tickets and reservations can be booked in advance for trips inside Poland (up to 30 days in advance for domestic trains), and to/from other countries in the region (up to 60 days in advance).

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Warszawa Zachodnia to Katowice
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Intercity.pl
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2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$13 - $20
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Ostrava-Svinov to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
cd.cz
Train from Brno hl.n. to Bohumin
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
cd.cz
Train from Bohumin to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
cd.cz
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Ostrava-Svinov to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $15
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$4 - $6
Business
$7 - $9
Premium
$12 - $15
Train from Bohumín to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$1 - $7
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$1 - $2
Business
$3 - $4
Premium
$5 - $7
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 Katowice
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Lököshaza to Szolnok
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Szolnok to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Budapest-Nyugati to Katowice
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Bus from Kraków Airport to Katowice dw.PKS ul.Skargi
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$4 - $6
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 Kraków Airport to Katowice, Katowice bus station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Balkan Horn
Phone
+44 74 71405777
Email
office@balkanhorn.com
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from Sofia to Brno
Ave. Duration
13 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
balkanhorn.com
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
KARAT-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Sofia Serdika to Budapest
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
karat-s.com
Tourbus Bulgaria
Phone
00359 2 980 68 62
Email
touringbus@touring.bg
Website
touring.bg
Bus from Budapest Orange Ways to Katowice Zob
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
touring.bg
Bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Katowice Zob
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
touring.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Katowice
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
georg-bg.com

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Katowice Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h and has one stopover.

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Sofia to Katowice bus services, operated by Ecolines, arrive at Katowice station.

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Katowice is 1 h behind Sofia. It is currently 8:28 PM in Sofia and 7:28 PM in Katowice.

Sofia to Katowice train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Katowice station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Katowice is 1335 km. It takes approximately 13 h 18 min to drive from Sofia to Katowice.

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LOT, Ryanair, Wizz Air and Lufthansa offer flights from Sofia Airport to Katowice Airport.

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Book your Sofia to Katowice bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 1400+ hotels available in Katowice. Prices start at $37 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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