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There are 4 ways to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia by bus, train, taxi or car

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Bus  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Turnovo to Sofia - Central Bus Station

$8 - $13

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Gorna Orjahovica to Sofia 461 / ...

$10 - $11

Taxi  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Take a taxi from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia 140.6 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia 140.6 miles

$22 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia is to train which costs $9 - $11 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia is to taxi which costs $110 - $140 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Veliko Turnovo and arriving at Sofia - Central Bus Station station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia. However, there are services departing from Veliko Tarnovo and arriving at Sofia via Gorna Orjahovica. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 8 min.

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The distance between Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia is 193 km. The road distance is 225 km.

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The best way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $8 - $13.

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The bus from Veliko Turnovo to Sofia - Central Bus Station takes 3 h 10 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia bus services, operated by ETAP Group, depart from Veliko Turnovo station.

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Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), depart from Gorna Orjahovica station.

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The best way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia is to bus which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $8 - $13. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $9 - $11 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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Map of how to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia.
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  • Distance: 120.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 10 min

What companies run services between Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and Sofia, Bulgaria?

ETAP Group operates a bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $12 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Bulgarian Railways (BDZh) operates a train from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia every 4 hours. Tickets cost $8 - $9 and the journey takes 3 h 50 min.

Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
ETAP Group
Website
etapgroup.com
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Sofia - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
etapgroup.com
Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
biomet.bg
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Other operators
Taxi from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Aleks OK
Phone
+359 62/616 16
Mit Taksi
Phone
+359 62/601 973

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Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia bus services, operated by ETAP Group, arrive at Sofia - Central Bus Station.

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Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Sofia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia is 225 km. It takes approximately 2 h 49 min to drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia.

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