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There are 7 ways to get from Sofia to Istanbul by plane, bus, train, night bus, night 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.

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Fly  •  4h 24m

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

$67 - $202

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  9h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$11 - $29

5 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$29 - $65

Train  •  10h 50m

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Svilengrad 493 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kapıkule to Halkali 12701

$21 - $28

Night bus  •  8h 44m

  1. Take the night bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari Sofia - Istanbul

$11 - $14

Night train, bus  •  11h 17m

  1. Take the night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$19 - $23

Drive  •  5h 8m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to night bus which costs $11 - $15 and takes 8h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to fly which costs $65 - $210 and takes 4h 24m.

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

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The distance between Sofia and Istanbul is 502 km. The road distance is 547 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 9h and costs $29 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4h 24m to get from Sofia to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Sofia to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4h 24m and costs $65 - $210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 - $65 and takes 9h, you could also train, which costs $21 - $28 and takes 10h 50m.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Sofia to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 313.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 24m

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

Turkish Airlines flies from Sofia to Istanbul 3 times a day. Alternatively, Metro Plus operates a bus from Sofia to Istanbul every 4 hours. Tickets cost $29 - $65 and the journey takes 9h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $9
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapıkule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
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
9h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $29
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Night bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Sofia. It is currently 11:08 AM in Sofia and 12:08 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Istanbul is 547 km. It takes approximately 5h 8m to drive from Sofia to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2424+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Sofia Airport is to line 84 shuttle which takes 34m and costs $1.

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