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There are 4 ways to get from Tirana to Bulgaria by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  10h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Tirana to Kičevo
  2. Take the train from Kichevo to Skopje 661
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Sofia

$30 - $59

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from Tirana to Sofia

$22 - $40

2 alternative options

Drive  •  6h 52m

  1. Drive from Tirana to Sofia 532.8 km

$50 - $80

Fly  •  6h 12m

  1. Fly from Tirana (TIA) to Sofia (SOF) TIA - SOF

$111 - $713

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bulgaria

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

Some border closures are in place for Bulgaria due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Most travel to this country is restricted.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Bulgaria from May 25.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Limited international flights leaving Albania began to resume from June 15.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bulgaria

Last updated: July 8 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

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The cheapest way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria is to bus which costs $22 - $40 and takes 11h.

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The quickest way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria is to fly which costs $110 - $750 and takes 6h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Tirana and arriving at Sofia. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h.

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The distance between Tirana and Bulgaria is 490 km. The road distance is 532.8 km.

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The best way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria without a car is to bus and train which takes 10h 47m and costs $30 - $60.

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It takes approximately 10h 47m to get from Tirana to Bulgaria, including transfers.

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Tirana to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Makedonija Soobrakaj AD, depart from Tirana station.

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The best way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria is to bus which takes 11h and costs $22 - $40. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $110 - $750 and takes 6h 12m.

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There is no direct flight from Tirana Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 25m and has one stopover.

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Tirana to Bulgaria bus services, operated by Makedonija Soobrakaj AD, arrive at Sofia station.

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Map of how to get from Tirana to Bulgaria.
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  • Distance: 489.5 km
  • Duration: 10h 47m

What companies run services between Tirana, Albania and Bulgaria?

Makedonija Soobrakaj AD operates a bus from Tirana to Sofia once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 11h. Alternatively, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia and six other airlines fly from Tirana to Sofia every 4 hours.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Train operators
Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD
Bus operators
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus from Tirana to Kičevo
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
matpu.com
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Tirana to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Schedules at
ms.mk

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Bulgaria is 1h ahead of Tirana. It is currently 2:58 AM in Tirana and 3:58 AM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Tirana to Bulgaria is 533 km. It takes approximately 6h 52m to drive from Tirana to Bulgaria.

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Aegean Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Alitalia and two other airlines offer flights from Tirana Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 152+ hotels available in Bulgaria. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tirana to Tirana Airport is to shuttle which takes 30 min and costs $3.

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