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

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Fly  •  4 h 17 min

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

$67 - $202

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$9 - $29

3 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$30 - $62

Train  •  10 h 58 min

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

$19 - $24

Drive  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Otogar 338.6 miles

$65 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Otogar is to bus which costs $9 - $29 and takes 9 h.

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

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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.

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The distance between Sofia and Otogar is 497 km. The road distance is 541.8 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Otogar without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs $9 - $29.

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

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Sofia to Otogar bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Otogar is to fly which takes 4 h 17 min and costs $65 - $210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $9 - $29 and takes 9 h, you could also train, which costs $19 - $24 and takes 10 h 58 min.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Sofia to Otogar bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, arrive at Istanbul Otogari station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Otogar.
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  • Distance: 310.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 17 min

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 $10 - $16 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 Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk 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
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $16
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
$15 - $29
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
$9 - $14
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
$24 - $35
Schedules at
matpu.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Otogar is 1 h ahead of Sofia. It is currently 4:22 PM in Sofia and 5:22 PM in Otogar.

Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Otogar is 542 km. It takes approximately 5 h 5 min to drive from Sofia to Otogar.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2357+ hotels available in Otogar. Prices start at $35 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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