Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul to Sofia

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Istanbul to Sofia Schedule

Istanbul to Sofia Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK102707:40 - 08:50$ 177.34
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK777008:30 - 10:40$ 171.37
Tarom Economy #RO26210:40 - 11:55$ 189.09
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103113:20 - 14:35$ 155.26
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103114:55 - 16:10$ 156.63
Huntur Standard 2X2 18:00 - 04:00$ 27.27
Lux Perla Standard 2X1 21:00 - 05:30$ 18.83
Lux Perla Standard 2X1 22:45 - 06:30$ 18.83

Transportation from Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul to Sofia Destination Reviews

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
5 customer reviews

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 265.90. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 21.62.

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 0 to 10 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 Alpar Turizm: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 21.62 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 265.90.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 22.00 to USD 25.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 108.00 to USD 266.00;

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

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

  • Flights from Istanbul to Sofia depart during the day - there are approximately 6 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 18:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 21:00. There are 3 available bus trips every 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 108.00.

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
Pegasus Airlines, 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:

  • 95% decided to go for a bus.
  • 5% users took a plane.