Sofia to Istanbul bus

Cheap bus tickets from Sofia to Istanbul

Showing times and prices for Aug 17

Cheapest

23

Average

25

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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01:00PMSofia9h00 10:00PMIstanbul
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231One-way
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11:59PMSofia9h01 09:00AMIstanbul
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231One-way
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08:30AMSofia9h00 05:30PMIstanbul
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231One-way
10:30PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)8h30 07:00AMIstanbul
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261One-way
07:00PMSofia9h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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261One-way

Bus schedule from Sofia to Istanbul

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08:30AMSofia9h00 05:30PMIstanbul
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01:00PMSofia9h00 10:00PMIstanbul
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07:00PMSofia9h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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07:00PMSofia9h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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10:30PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)8h30 07:00AMIstanbul
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11:59PMSofia9h01 09:00AMIstanbul
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Bus times from Sofia to Istanbul

Showing times and prices for Aug 17

Fastest Journey

8 h 30 m

Average

8 h 55 m

Buses per day

6

Distance

502 km

Of the 6 buses that leave Sofia for Istanbul every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
10:30PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)8h30 07:00AMIstanbul
0 transfers
261One-way
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01:00PMSofia9h00 10:00PMIstanbul
0 transfers
231One-way
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08:30AMSofia9h00 05:30PMIstanbul
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231One-way
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07:00PMSofia9h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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261One-way
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07:00PMSofia9h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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261One-way

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Overview: Bus from Sofia to Istanbul

distanceDistance311 miles (501 km)
durationAverage bus duration9 h
priceAverage bus ticket price$25 (€23)
changesDirect busYes
carriersBus companiesBrittany Ferries, Arda Tur, Karat-S, Eurolines Germany or Infobus

Buses from Sofia to Istanbul cover the 311 miles (501 km) long journey taking on average 9 h with our travel partners like Brittany Ferries, Arda Tur, Karat-S, Eurolines Germany or Infobus. There are direct bus services available. You can get the cheapest bus tickets for this route for as low as $25 (€23), but the average price of bus tickets is $25 (€23).

Travel Tips: Bus to Istanbul from Sofia

Take the bus to Istanbul easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Sofia to Istanbul.
FAQs

Travel by bus between Sofia, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Is international entry into Istanbul from Sofia restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Turkey from Sofia?

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the safety rules to follow in Istanbul, Turkey?

The government of Turkey has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance required: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask required: Recommended

The above information was last checked on 8/3/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your bus between Sofia and Istanbul closer to your date of departure here

The current restriction level for your return trip by bus from Istanbul to Sofia is: Fully open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Bulgaria from Turkey?

Reentry to Bulgaria is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Bulgaria from Istanbul?

What are the requirements?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the safety rules to follow in Sofia, Bulgaria?

The government of Bulgaria has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Recommended

Last checked on 7/28/22. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your bus to Sofia from Istanbul here.

Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest bus to Istanbul from Sofia for the next 7 days starting from $25 (€23)  one way.
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $25 (€23)  for a bus ticket to Istanbul from Sofia.
The distance to Istanbul from Sofia by bus is approximately 311 miles (501 km).
On average the Sofia to Istanbul bus travel time is 9 h  for the 311 miles (501 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
If you're looking for buses from Sofia to Istanbul, you can rely on Brittany Ferries, Arda Tur, Karat-S, Eurolines Germany or Infobus to get you to Istanbul. It's also good to check out all possible bus companies for the Sofia to Istanbul journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, you can look for direct buses from Sofia to Istanbul with Eurolines Germany, Infobus, Arda Tur or Brittany Ferries  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct bus tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
The earliest bus for this journey departs from Sofia at 5: 30 AM. The last bus leaves from Sofia at 8: 59 PM. Check Omio for the latest bus schedule from Sofia to Istanbul and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
If you purchase a bus ticket from Sofia to Istanbul within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $25 (€23) one way. However, we recommend booking your bus in advance to get access to the best prices. Bus tickets between Sofia and Istanbul are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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