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There are 6 ways to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka by bus, plane, train or car

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Bus, fly to Rijeka  •  9h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Sofia
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Rijeka (RJK) SOF - RJK

1.609 kn - 2.614 kn

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Bus, fly to Zagreb  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Sofia
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Zagreb (ZAG) SOF - ZAG
  3. Take the bus from Zagreb Airport to Rijeka - Autobusni Kolodvor

359 kn - 2.654 kn

4 alternative options

Bus via Belgrade  •  18h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Stara Zagora Central Bus Station to Belgrad Central Bus Station Varna - Belgrade
  2. Take the bus from Belgrade to Rijeka Belgrade - Pula

673 kn - 950 kn

Bus  •  19h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Zagreb
  3. Take the bus from Zagreb to Rijeka

384 kn - 1.059 kn

Train, bus  •  21h 40m

  1. Take the train from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv Re
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv Bus Station South to Zagreb
  3. Take the bus from Zagreb to Rijeka

404 kn - 604 kn

Drive  •  11h 27m

  1. Drive from Stara Zagora to Rijeka 1173.2 km

900 kn - 1.400 kn

Stara Zagora to Rijeka by train and bus

The journey time between Stara Zagora and Rijeka is around 21h 55m and covers a distance of around 1211 km. The fastest journey normally takes 21h 55m. Services are operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), FlixBus, Skreb and others. Typically three services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
21h 55m
Fastest journey time:
21h 55m
Journey distance:
1211 km
Services per week:
3
Cheapest price:
404 kn
Carbon emissions:
143 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
17:05
Last service departs at:
17:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Stara Zagora to Rijeka train and bus schedules

Bulgaria → Croatia
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International entry into Croatia from Bulgaria

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Croatia from Bulgaria

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • 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 with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Bulgaria
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Brazil, India, South Africa and Tanzania
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 14 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 7 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Brazil, India, South Africa and Tanzania
  • 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
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Brazil, Cyprus, India, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania and United Kingdom

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Rules to follow in Croatia

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

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 Croatia 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
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rijeka is 00385 91 468 30 32.

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

The social distance requirement in Rijeka is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 00385 91 468 30 32.

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

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka is to train and bus which costs $60 - $100 and takes 21h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka is to bus and fly which costs $55 - $430 and takes 9h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stara Zagora station to Rijeka. However, there are services departing from Stara Zagora Central Bus Station and arriving at Rijeka via Belgrade. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 45m.

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The distance between Stara Zagora and Rijeka is 953 km. The road distance is 1173.2 km.

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The best way to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka without a car is to bus via Belgrade which takes 18h 45m and costs $100 - $150.

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It takes approximately 9h 55m to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka, including transfers.

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Stara Zagora to Rijeka bus services, operated by Karat-S, depart from Stara Zagora Central Bus Station.

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There is no direct flight from Sofia Airport to Rijeka Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 20m and has one stopover.

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Stara Zagora to Rijeka bus services, operated by BS Tours, arrive at Rijeka station.

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Rijeka is 1h behind Stara Zagora. It is currently 5:12 AM in Stara Zagora and 4:12 AM in Rijeka.

Map of how to get from Stara Zagora to Rijeka.
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  • Distance: 952.6 km
  • Duration: 9h 55m

What companies run services between Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and Rijeka, Croatia?

You can take a bus from Stara Zagora to Rijeka via Belgrad Central Bus Station and Belgrade in around 18h 45m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Sofia to Rijeka via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
2.200 kn - 4.500 kn
Flights from Sofia to Rijeka via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
2.000 kn - 4.300 kn
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Sofia to Rijeka via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
1.800 kn - 4.100 kn
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Sofia to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
110 kn - 1.000 kn
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Sofia to Zagreb via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
700 kn - 4.400 kn
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
24 kn - 35 kn
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
24 kn - 29 kn
1st Class
28 kn - 35 kn
Bus operators
Doris Bus
Website
avtobusi.doris-bg.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
80 kn
Schedules at
avtobusi.doris-bg.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Stara Zagora to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50 kn - 80 kn
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Pleso Prijevoz
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Stara Zagora Central Bus Station to Belgrad Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
350 kn - 480 kn
Website
Karat-S
BS Tours
Phone
011 761-4693
Email
bstours@verat.net
Website
bstours.rs
Bus from Belgrade to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
260 kn - 400 kn
Schedules at
bstours.rs
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
11h 57m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
170 kn - 250 kn
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Sofia to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
270 kn - 330 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zagreb to Rijeka bus station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75 kn - 95 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Plovdiv Bus Station South to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
15h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
320 kn - 390 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
600 kn - 800 kn
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Skreb
Phone
098606060
Email
info@bus60.hr
Website
bus60.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
60 kn
Schedules at
bus60.hr
Autotrans d.d.
Phone
+385 (0)72 660 660
Email
info@arriva.com.hr
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Zagreb Central Bus Station to Rijeka Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
130 kn - 180 kn
Website
Autotrans d.d.
Croatia Bus Domestic
Phone
+385 1 6113 073
Email
info@croatiabus.hr
Website
croatiabus.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
70 kn - 110 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130 kn - 160 kn
Schedules at
ap.hr
Book at
varazdin.getbybus.com
Arriva d.o.o.
Phone
+385 (0)72 660 660
Email
info@arriva.com.hr
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Zagreb Central Bus Station to Rijeka Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
80 kn - 110 kn
Website
Arriva d.o.o.

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Yes, the driving distance between Stara Zagora to Rijeka is 1173 km. It takes approximately 11h 27m to drive from Stara Zagora to Rijeka.

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Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, Bulgaria Air and Lufthansa offer flights from Sofia Airport to Rijeka Airport.

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