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There are 3 ways to get from Sofia to Skopje by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Skopje

$20

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Train  •  13h 22m

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Dimitrovgrad
  2. Take the train from Dimitrovgrad to Niš
  3. Take the train from Niš to Skopje

$18 - $57

1 alternative option

Drive  •  3h 6m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Skopje 153.8 miles

$24 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Skopje is to bus which costs $20 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Skopje is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 3h 6m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Skopje. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h.

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No, there is no direct train from Sofia to Skopje. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Skopje via Dimitrovgrad and Niš. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 22m.

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The distance between Sofia and Skopje is 174 km. The road distance is 246.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Skopje without a car is to bus which takes 5h and costs $20.

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The bus from Sofia to Skopje takes 5h including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Sofia to Skopje bus services, operated by Kaleia, depart from Sofia station.

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Sofia to Skopje train services, operated by Serbian Railways (ŽS), depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Skopje is to bus which takes 5h and costs $20. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $18 - $60 and takes 13h 22m.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Skopje.
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  • Distance: 108.7 miles
  • Duration: 5h

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Skopje, Macedonia?

Kaleia operates a bus from Sofia to Skopje 3 times a day. Tickets cost $20 and the journey takes 5h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sofia to Skopje via Dimitrovgrad and Niš in around 13h 22m.

Train operators
Serbian Railways (ŽS)
Phone
+381 11 360-28-99
Email
infozeleznicesrb@gmail.com
Website
serbianrailways.com
Train from Sofia to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
bahn.de
Train from Dimitrovgrad to Niš
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
bahn.de
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Niš to Skopje
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $50
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
Bus operators
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Skopje
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Sofia to Skopje
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
ms.mk
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Sofia to Skopje
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Sofia to Skopje bus services, operated by Kaleia, arrive at Skopje station.

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Skopje is 1h behind Sofia. It is currently 10:19 AM in Sofia and 9:19 AM in Skopje.

Sofia to Skopje train services, operated by Macedonian Railways (MZ), arrive at Skopje station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Skopje is 246 km. It takes approximately 3h 6m to drive from Sofia to Skopje.

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There are 582+ hotels available in Skopje. Prices start at $24 USD per night.

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