From Sofia Central to Istanbul by Buses

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Sofia Central
10h 30m bus ride in Standard AC
Istanbul Central Bus Station

From Sofia Airport to Istanbul by Flights

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SOF Sofia Airport
1h 25m flight #TK1028 with Turkish Airlines in Economy
IST Istanbul New Airport
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SOF Sofia Airport
1h 25m flight #TK1032 with Turkish Airlines in Economy
IST Istanbul New Airport
Turkish Airlines
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SOF Sofia Airport
1h 25m flight #TK1030 with Turkish Airlines in Economy
IST Istanbul New Airport

Sofia to Istanbul Schedule

Sofia to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK102809:50 - 12:15$ 127.38
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103216:00 - 18:25$ 127.38
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK103021:25 - 23:50$ 127.38
Huntur Standard AC 22:30 - 08:00$ 6.15

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How to get from Sofia to Istanbul

When you want to get from Sofia to Istanbul, 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 3,873.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 187.00.

How far is Sofia from Istanbul?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Sofia to Istanbul. Your trip will be a total of 339 miles (544 km). The flying distance is 398 miles (640 km).

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

The travel time from Sofia to Istanbul can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 9 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Sofia to Istanbul varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Huntur: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 187.00 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 3,873.00.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 187.00 to USD 187.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 3,873.00 to USD 3,873.00;

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

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

  • Flights from Sofia to Istanbul depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 22:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:30. There are 1 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 Sofia to Istanbul. 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 3,873.00.

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 Sofia to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Sofia to Istanbul 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 Sofia to Istanbul

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Sofia to Istanbul? 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:

  • 1000 decided to go for a bus.