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There are 13 ways to get from Southampton to Bulgaria by train, plane, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train or car ferry

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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Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Sofia  •  7h 55m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Sofia (SOF) LHR - SOF

$121 - $267

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Train, train to London Luton, fly to Sofia  •  8h 26m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Bridge to Luton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Sofia (SOF) LTN - SOF

$80 - $267

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Train to Bristol, fly to Sofia  •  8h 5m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Sofia (SOF) BRS - SOF

$138 - $456

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Sofia  •  7h 51m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sofia (SOF) LGW - SOF

$91 - $393

Train to London Stansted, fly to Sofia  •  8h 36m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Sofia (SOF) STN - SOF

$84 - $265

Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Bucharest Otopeni, bus  •  11h 12m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) LHR - OTP
  4. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse

Train, bus and ferry  •  41h 10m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to Sofia

$164 - $335

Train, bus Maxibus Travel  •  43h 20m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Bucharest
  3. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Sofia

Bus, bus and ferry  •  44h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Sofia

$175 - $178

Train, bus Radina VIP  •  46h 29m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Take the bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia

$137 - $220

Bus, train  •  47h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station 032
  2. Take the bus from London to Bruges
  3. Take the train from Bruges / Brugge to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal Ic / ...
  4. Take the bus from Antwerpen to Sofia

$293 - $375

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  26h 24m

  1. Drive from Southampton to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord Tgv
  4. Take the train from Paris Est to München Hbf Tgv
  5. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  6. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Sofia

$579 - $733

Drive, car ferry  •  24h 49m

  1. Drive from Southampton to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Sofia

$357 - $522

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Bulgaria is to train and fly which costs £60 - £210 and takes 8h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Bulgaria is to train and fly which costs £70 - £310 and takes 7h 51m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Bulgaria. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Sofia via London Victoria Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44h 11m.

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The distance between Southampton and Bulgaria is 1394 miles.

The best way to get from Southampton to Bulgaria without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 41h 10m and costs £120 - £260.

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It takes approximately 7h 55m to get from Southampton to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Southampton to Bulgaria bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Sofia Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h.

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Southampton to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Balkan Horn, arrive at Sofia station.

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Bulgaria is 2h ahead of Southampton. It is currently 12:46 PM in Southampton and 2:46 PM in Bulgaria.

Map of how to get from Southampton to Bulgaria.
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  • Distance: 1393.9 miles
  • Duration: 7h 55m

What companies run services between Southampton, England and Bulgaria?

There is no direct connection from Southampton to Sofia. However, you can take the train to Reading, take the train to Hayes & Harlington, take the train to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, take the walk to London Heathrow airport, fly to Sofia, take the walk to Sofia Airport, take the line 1 subway to Sofia Mladost 1, then take the line 1 subway to Sofia. Alternatively, you can take the train to Bristol Temple Meads, take the walk to Bristol Temple Meads, take the shuttle to Bristol Airport, take the walk to Bristol airport, fly to Sofia, take the walk to Sofia Airport, take the line 1 subway to Sofia Mladost 1, then take the line 1 subway to Sofia.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia via Karlsruhe/Baden Baden
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia via Venice Treviso
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $450
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from London Gatwick to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $500
Flights from London Stansted to Sofia via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from London Luton to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from London Luton to Sofia via Budapest
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $430
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Bristol to Sofia via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $470
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Sofia via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from London Heathrow to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,200
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni via Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $15
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $24
Train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$23 - $35
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $75
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Bruges / Brugge to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $17
1st Class
$18 - $27
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Paris Est to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 34m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $180
1st Class
$210 - $310
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Lille to Sofia
Ave. Duration
36h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Maxibus Travel
Phone
004 0756 117 331
Email
contact@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from London Victoria to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
National Express
Balkan Horn
Phone
+44 74 71405777
Email
office@balkanhorn.com
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
40h 44m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$165
Schedules at
balkanhorn.com
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
44h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
radinavip.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Bruges
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Ouibus
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Antwerpen to Sofia
Ave. Duration
35h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$260 - $330
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Ferry operators

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