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

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Bus  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station Haskovo - Thessaloniki / ...

$12 - $18

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Train  •  7h 13m

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

$20 - $38

Drive  •  3h 23m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki 184.2 miles

$40 - $65

Fly  •  7h 22m

  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 $12 - $18 and takes 5h 10m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Thessaloniki station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 10m.

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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 5h 10m and costs $12 - $18.

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The bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station takes 5h 10m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Sofia to Thessaloniki bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki is to bus which takes 5h 10m and costs $12 - $18. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $20 - $40 and takes 7h 13m, you could also fly, which costs $75 - $270 and takes 7h 22m.

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

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Sofia to Thessaloniki bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Thessaloniki station.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Thessaloniki.
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  • Distance: 144.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 10m

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

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki 3 times a day. Tickets cost $12 - $18 and the journey takes 5h 10m. Five other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Petrich and Rodopolis in around 7h 13m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Larnaca
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Thessaloniki via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Rodopolis to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $18
Website
trainose.gr
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2nd Class Ticket
$6 - $9
1st Class Ticket
$7 - $10
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$12 - $15
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$16 - $18
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Sofia Central Bus Station to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Website
Arda Tur
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
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
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
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
5h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $27
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
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 3h 23m to drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki.

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

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Book your Sofia to Thessaloniki bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 1033+ 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 34m and costs $1.

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