There are 5 ways to get from Sofia to Otogar by plane, bus, train 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  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST) SOF - IST

$67 - $202

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$13 - $40

3 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$32 - $66

Train  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Svilengrad 493 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali 81721

$25 - $30

Drive  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Otogar 338.6 miles

$65 - $110

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Otogar, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines and Tarom fly from Sofia to Otogar 3 times a day. Alternatively, MetroTurizm operates a bus from Sofia to Otogar 4 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $23 and the journey takes 9 h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
11 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
matpu.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Sofia to Otogar?

The distance between Sofia and Otogar is 497 km. The road distance is 542 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Sofia to Otogar?

The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Otogar is to bus which costs $13 - $40 and takes 9 h.

What is the fastest way to get from Sofia to Otogar?

The quickest way to get from Sofia to Otogar is to fly which takes 4 h 17 min and costs $65 - $210.

Is there a direct bus between Sofia and Otogar?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Istanbul Otogari. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h.

How long does it take to get from Sofia to Otogar?

It takes approximately 4 h 17 min to get from Sofia to Otogar, including transfers.