Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul to Sofia

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Istanbul to Sofia Schedule

Istanbul to Sofia Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy 01:25 - 08:40TRY 4,872
Pegasus Airlines Economy 05:00 - 11:40TRY 6,495
Turkish Airlines Economy 07:40 - 17:20TRY 8,925
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC27110:30 - 11:55TRY 3,692
Wizz Air UK Economy 13:00 - 13:45TRY 5,089
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC27114:35 - 16:00TRY 4,344
Air Serbia Economy 16:05 - 02:55TRY 4,102
Valuair Economy 19:15 - 08:40TRY 4,658
Turkish Airlines Economy 20:00 - 08:40TRY 4,887
Turkish Airlines Economy 23:55 - 08:40TRY 5,697

Transportation from Istanbul to Sofia

Facts about the transport from Istanbul to Sofia

Cheapest Transport$34
Fastest Transport1h 15m
Earliest Departure7:15 AM
Latest Departure9:00 PM
Departures per day8
Distance556 kilometers
Transport CompaniesAlpar Turizm, Citylines, Huntur, Luks Yonca Turizm, Turkish Airlines

Istanbul to Sofia Destination Reviews

Efficient journey. Driver needs to publicise WIFI password and keep passengers updated in English in regards to timings off toilet breaks. Comfortable seats but not tall enough for tall people. Hurt my neck sleeping. Overall quite satisfied. However the timing is bad. Would prefer to set off later and not arrive at such an awkward hour when nothing is open.
Bus Standard 2X2, Alpar Turizm, Aug 13, 2022
The staff at the Ticket Counter attended to my questions well. I asked for place to keep my luggage, place to sleep. Lobby upstairs was provided, water to drink, massage chair, WCs. Bus was on time. Two bus drivers provided, 2 seats by rows. Beverage to choose from, small water and biscuit provided. Every 3 hours was Toilet breaks and overnight bus was better. Less queue at both sides of Immigrations. We arrived at 4.30am due to less traffic and low season mid May 2022, just after pandemic.
Bus Standard 2X2, Alpar Turizm, May 24, 2022
Incredible journey. Although it took took long at the border (the trip was extended by 2 hours), the staff was very kind, very helpful and cheery the entire time. Will definitely be using Lux Perla again!
Bus Standard 2X1, Lux Perla, Jan 20, 2022
2 hours late in Sofia. Driver very slowly
Bus Standard 2X1, Lux Perla, Jan 9, 2022
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How to get from Istanbul to Sofia

When you want to get from Istanbul to Sofia, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 171.15. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 33.19.

How far is Istanbul from Sofia?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Istanbul to Sofia. Your trip will be a total of 346 miles (556 km). The flying distance is 409 miles (657 km).

How long does it take to get from Istanbul to Sofia?

The travel time from Istanbul to Sofia can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Istanbul to Sofia?

The cost of the trip from Istanbul to Sofia varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Citylines: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 33.19 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as USD 171.15.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Istanbul to Sofia:

  • Bus tickets - USD 33.20 to USD 45.29;
  • Plane tickets - USD 159.43 to USD 171.16;

How many trips per day are there between Istanbul and Sofia?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 10:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 21:00. There are 5 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Istanbul to Sofia depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Istanbul to Sofia. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 159.43.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Istanbul to Sofia

Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Istanbul to Sofia is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

The most popular transport from Istanbul to Sofia

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Istanbul to Sofia? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% decided to go for a bus.