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There are 11 ways to get from Sofia to Venice by plane, train, shuttle, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Venice  •  6h 9m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Venice (VCE) SOF - VCE

€31 - €113

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Fly to Verona, train  •  8h 9m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Verona (VRN) SOF - VRN
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia S. Lucia

€41 - €183

Fly to Bologna, train  •  6h 58m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Bologna (BLQ) SOF - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Venezia S. Lucia

€33 - €171

Fly to Venice Treviso  •  4h 53m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Venice Treviso (TSF) SOF - TSF

€43 - €137

Fly to Trieste, train  •  10h 46m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Trieste (TRS) SOF - TRS
  2. Take the train from Trieste Airport to Venezia S. Lucia

€31 - €134

Fly to Milan Bergamo, shuttle  •  7h 27m

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) SOF - BGY
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Orio al Serio Airport to Padova

€65 - €527

Bus via Venezia Mestre Station  •  17h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Venezia Mestre Station

€116 - €176

Bus  •  18h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Venezia

€120 - €160

Bus via San Donà di Piave  •  20h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to San Donà di Piave

€79 - €105

Train, night train  •  34h 10m

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Vidin Re
  2. Take the train from Vidin to Craiova
  3. Take the night train from Craiova to Wien Hbf
  4. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Venezia S. Lucia Rj

€102 - €189

Drive  •  11h 10m

  1. Drive from Sofia to Venice 1152.8 km

€140 - €210

Sofia to Venice by bus

The bus journey time between Sofia and Venice is around 20h 55m and covers a distance of around 1180 km. The fastest bus normally takes 20h 55m. Operated by Florentia Bus and ATVO S.p.A., the Sofia to Venice bus service departs from Sofia and arrives in Piazzale Roma. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
20h 55m
Fastest bus time:
20h 55m
Bus distance:
1180 km
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€79
Carbon emissions:
147 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
14:30
Last bus departs at:
14:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sofia to Venice bus schedules

Bulgaria → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Bulgaria

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Bulgaria

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Bulgaria
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United States
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Canada, Japan and United States
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from Bulgaria

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Bulgaria.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Venice is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Venice is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Venice is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Bulgaria from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Venice is to fly and train which costs $35 - $210 and takes 6h 58m.

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The fastest way to get from Sofia to Venice is to fly which takes 4h 53m and costs $50 - $170.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Venezia. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 18h.

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No, there is no direct train from Sofia to Venice. However, there are services departing from Sofia and arriving at Venezia S. Lucia via Vidin, Craiova and Wien Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34h 10m.

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The distance between Sofia and Venice is 929 km. The road distance is 1152.8 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Venice without a car is to bus via Venezia Mestre Station which takes 17h 10m and costs $130 - $210.

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It takes approximately 6h 9m to get from Sofia to Venice, including transfers.

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Sofia to Venice bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Sofia station.

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

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The best way to get from Sofia to Venice is to fly which takes 6h 9m and costs $35 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus via Venezia Mestre Station, which costs $130 - $210 and takes 17h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Venice.
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  • Distance: 928.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 9m

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Venice, Italy?

Austrian Airlines, Ryanair and 11 other airlines fly from Sofia to Venice every 3 hours. Alternatively, Yubim operates a bus from Sofia to Venezia Mestre Station 3 times a week. Tickets cost €110 - €150 and the journey takes 16h 56m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €550
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €550
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8h 57m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Bari
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€17 - €160
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Bologna, Cagliari
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€21 - €120
Flights from Sofia to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€8 - €120
Flights from Sofia to Venice Treviso
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€12 - €160
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Bari
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€17 - €110
Flights from Sofia to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€8 - €320
Flights from Sofia to Milan Bergamo via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€8 - €320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€75 - €210
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €230
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Rome
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €340
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€100 - €270
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €290
Flights from Sofia to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €340
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Bari
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€20 - €140
Flights from Sofia to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€16 - €100
Flights from Sofia to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€8 - €210
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€75 - €210
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Belgrade, Rome
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€100 - €270
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €460
Flights from Sofia to Verona via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €410
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Flights from Sofia to Trieste via Rome
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €340
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Catania
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €210
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Zakinthos
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€45 - €200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Sofia to Venice via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €230
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Sofia to Verona via Santorini
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€130 - €190
Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €17
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€15 - €17
Train from Bologna Centrale to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€20 - €22
Train from Trieste Airport to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €17
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€15 - €17
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€12 - €50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€12 - €17
Base Standard
€27 - €40
Base Premium
€35 - €50
Train from Bologna Centrale to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€15 - €21
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia Santa Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€13 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€15 - €22
Smart Low Cost
€13 - €19
Smart Flex
€28 - €40
Train from Bologna Centrale to Venezia Santa Lucia Station
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€15 - €21
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Vidin to Craiova
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€2 - €10
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
€2 - €4
1st Class
€8 - €10
Night train from Craiova to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
15h 51m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €60
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
€19 - €24
1st Class
€50 - €60
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Venezia S. Lucia
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
GoOpti
Phone
+386 1 320 4530
Email
info@goopti.com
Website
goopti.com
Shuttle from Orio al Serio Airport to Padova
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
€35 - €280
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
€35 - €39
Private
€150 - €280
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Sofia to Venezia Mestre Station
Ave. Duration
16h 56m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€110 - €150
Website
Yubim
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Venezia
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€120 - €160
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus from Sofia to San Donà di Piave
Ave. Duration
19h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Schedules at
florentiabus.it

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Venice Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m and has one stopover.

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Sofia to Venice bus services, operated by Georg, arrive at Venezia station.

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Venice is 1h behind Sofia. It is currently 2:42 AM in Sofia and 1:42 AM in Venice.

Sofia to Venice train services, operated by Railjet, arrive at Venezia S. Lucia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Venice is 1153 km. It takes approximately 11h 10m to drive from Sofia to Venice.

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Alitalia, KLM, Ryanair and seven other airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Venice Airport.

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There are 1479+ hotels available in Venice. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Sofia Airport is to shuttle which takes 9 min and costs $7 - $9.

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