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There are 5 ways to get from Sofia to Plovdiv by bus, train, taxi, car or shuttle

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Bus  •  2h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Plovdiv Sofia - Plovdiv 12:30 / ...

$5 - $27

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Train  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the train from Poduyane to Plovdiv Re / ...

$4 - $7

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  1h 22m

  1. Take a taxi from Sofia to Plovdiv 143.7 km

$75 - $95

Drive  •  1h 22m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv 143.7 km

$14 - $21

Shuttle  •  2h 23m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Sofia to Plovdiv

$70 - $90

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bulgaria

There is widespread community transmission globally.
Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Bulgaria. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Bulgaria.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

Some international borders began to reopen in Bulgaria from May 14.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Bulgaria from May 25.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Limited international flights leaving Bulgaria began to resume from May 8.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Last updated: August 5 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Plovdiv is to train which costs $4 - $7 and takes 2h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Plovdiv is to taxi which costs $75 - $95 and takes 1h 22m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Plovdiv. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Poduyane and arriving at Plovdiv. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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The distance between Sofia and Plovdiv is 132 km. The road distance is 143.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Plovdiv without a car is to bus which takes 2h 20m and costs $5 - $27.

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The bus from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 2h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Sofia to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Avtogari, depart from Sofia station.

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

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The best way to get from Sofia to Plovdiv is to bus which takes 2h 20m and costs $5 - $27. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $4 - $7 and takes 2h 30m.

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  • Distance: 131.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 20m

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Plovdiv, Bulgaria?

Avtogari operates a bus from Sofia to Plovdiv hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $9 and the journey takes 2h 20m. Nine other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Bulgarian Railways (BDZh) operates a train from Poduyane to Plovdiv hourly. Tickets cost $4 - $7 and the journey takes 2h 30m.

Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Plovdiv Central Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Karat-S
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Valeross
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
Eurolines FR
Atlas Taxi
Phone
+359 89 345 5533
Email
info@atlastaxi.eu
Website
atlastaxi.eu
Shuttle from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$70 - $90
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Other operators
Taxi from Sofia to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Za Edno Evro
Phone
+359 2 8 07 00
Website
1euro.bg
Yellow Taxi
Phone
+359 2 9 11 19
Website
yellow333.com
OK Supertrans
Phone
+359 2 973 2121
Website
oktaxi.net
MTAXI
Phone
+359 2 9 10 50
Website
mtaxi.bg

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Sofia to Plovdiv bus services, operated by Avtogari, arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Sofia to Plovdiv train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Plovdiv station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Plovdiv is 144 km. It takes approximately 1h 22m to drive from Sofia to Plovdiv.

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