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There are 4 ways to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki by bus, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou Σόφια - Θεσσαλονίκη λεωφορείο

$11 - $16

3 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Petrich 5611
  2. Take the train from Rodopolis to Thessaloniki Αλεξανδρούπολη Λιμάνι - Θεσσαλονίκη

$20 - $28

Drive  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki 184.2 miles

$40 - $65

Fly  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Thessaloniki (SKG) SOF - SKG

$79 - $264

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki is to bus which costs $11 - $16 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 3 h 23 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof and arriving at Thessaloniki Monastiriou. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Sofia and Thessaloniki is 231 km. The road distance is 294.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 30 min and costs $11 - $16.

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The bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou takes 5 h 30 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Sofia to Thessaloniki bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki is to bus which takes 5 h 30 min and costs $11 - $16. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $20 - $28 and takes 7 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs $75 - $270 and takes 7 h 22 min.

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Thessaloniki Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Sofia to Thessaloniki bus services, operated by Arda Tur, arrive at Thessaloniki Monastiriou station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki.
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  • Distance: 144.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

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

Arda Tur operates a bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki 4 times a day. Tickets cost $14 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min. Five other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Petrich and Rodopolis in around 7 h 5 min.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Larnaca
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Munich
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
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 Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Thessaloniki is 295 km. It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki.

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Transavia Holland, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and six other airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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There are 956+ hotels available in Thessaloniki. Prices start at $46 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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