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There are 5 ways to get from Tirana to Bulgaria by car, train, bus or plane

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Drive, train, bus  •  11h

  1. Drive from Tirana to Debar Central Bus Station
  2. Take the train from Kichevo to Skopje 661
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Sofia

$40 - $71

Cheapest option

Bus Makedonija Soobrakaj AD  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from Tirana to Sofia

$23 - $40

3 alternative options

Bus Matpu  •  12h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Tirana to Sofia

$24 - $48

Drive  •  6h 42m

  1. Drive from Tirana to Sofia 332.5 miles

$50 - $80

Fly  •  7h 42m

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

$94 - $314

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The cheapest way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria is to bus which costs $23 - $40 and takes 11h.

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The quickest way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 6h 42m.

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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 km.

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The best way to get from Tirana to Bulgaria without a car is to bus which takes 11h and costs $23 - $40.

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It takes approximately 11h 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 $23 - $40. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $90 - $320 and takes 7h 42m.

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There is no direct flight from Tirana Airport to Sofia Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m 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: 306 miles
  • Duration: 11h

What companies run services between Tirana, Albania and Bulgaria?

Makedonija Soobrakaj AD operates a bus from Tirana to Sofia once daily. Tickets cost $23 - $40 and the journey takes 11h. Alternatively, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines 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, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Tirana to Sofia via Athens
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Train operators
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Kichevo to Skopje
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $27
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
Bus operators
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
ms.mk
Bus from Tirana to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
ms.mk
Kaleia
Phone
+359 894 77 44 02
Email
kaleia@mail.com
Website
kaleiatravel.com
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
en.kaleiatravel.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Skopje to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
matpu.com
Bus from Tirana to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $50
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Bulgaria is 1h ahead of Tirana. It is currently 2:15 PM in Tirana and 3:15 PM in Bulgaria.

Yes, the driving distance between Tirana to Bulgaria is 532 km. It takes approximately 6h 42m to drive from Tirana to Bulgaria.

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Bulgaria Air, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and three other airlines offer flights from Tirana Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 125+ hotels available in Bulgaria. Prices start at $23 USD per night.

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

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