Sofia to Istanbul bus

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Cheap bus tickets and times from Sofia to Istanbul

Showing times and prices for Jun 17

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

8 h 30 m

Average

8 h 48 m

Buses per day

5

Distance

502 km

Cheap bus tickets from Sofia to Istanbul start from $44 with an average ticket price of $51.

The fastest bus from Sofia to Istanbul takes 8h 30m in comparison to an average duration of 8h 48m and covers a distance of 502 km.

5 buses leave Sofia for Istanbul every day with 5 travelling directly.

Cheapest
City Lines
10:30PM8h30
София, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)
07:00AMIstanbul
$441One-way
0 transfers
2nd Cheapest
FlixBus
11:00AM9h00
София, Централна Aвтогара 2 (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara 2)
08:00PMIstanbul
$471One-way
0 transfers
2nd Cheapest
FlixBus
11:00PM8h30
София, Централна Aвтогара 2 (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara 2)
07:30AMIstanbul
$471One-way
0 transfers
City Lines
05:00PM9h00
Sofia
02:00AMIstanbul
$601One-way
0 transfers
City Lines
09:00AM9h00
Sofia
06:00PMIstanbul
$601One-way
0 transfers

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Overview: Bus from Sofia to Istanbul

distanceDistance311 miles (501 km)
durationAverage bus duration8 h
priceAverage bus ticket price$35 (€30)
frequencyBus frequency1 a day
changesDirect busYes, there is 1 direct bus a day
carriersBus companiesArda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus

Buses from Sofia to Istanbul cover the 311 miles (501 km) long route taking on average 8 h with our travel partners like Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus. Normally, there is 1 bus operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $35 (€30), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $31 (€27). Travelers depart most frequently from Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара) and arrive in İstanbul, Havalimanı (Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No: 1).

Bus providers: Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland and City Lines from Sofia to Istanbul

Travel to Istanbul from Sofia from $35 (€31) with Omio’s bus partners Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland and City Lines! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient journey for you.

FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost bus companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance bus at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight buses on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long bus journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

Bus information from Sofia to Istanbul with FlixBus:

  • Average Duration: 10 h
  • Cheapest Price: $66
  • FlixBus frequency: 1 a day

FAQs: Bus from Sofia to Istanbul

FAQs: Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul with ease. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have the information you need to know so you can find the best option from Sofia to Istanbul.
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Cheap bus tickets from Sofia to Istanbul can start from as little as $31 (€27) when you book in advance. The average bus ticket price for Sofia to Istanbul is $35 (€30); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Sofia to Istanbul bus time is 8 h   covering the 311 mile (501 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first bus from Sofia to Istanbul leaves at 10: 30 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last bus from Sofia to Istanbul leaves at 9: 59 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Sofia to Istanbul without having to change trains with Arda Tur, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus. There is 1 direct bus from Sofia to Istanbul each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Take the Sofia to Istanbul bus with Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus. However, it's always good to check out all possible bus providers for the journey between Sofia and Istanbul as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

When departing from Sofia, you have various bus station options to start your trip from including Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара), Sofiya Airport - Terminal T2 and Sofiya Airport - Terminal T1. When arriving in Istanbul, you can end your journey in bus stations like İstanbul, Havalimanı (Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No: 1), Istanbul, Buyuk Otogar (Esenler) and İstanbul, Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı.

Passengers board the bus most frequently from Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара), which is located around 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the bus at İstanbul, Havalimanı (Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No: 1), located 20.1 miles (32.4 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Sofia to Istanbul by bus is May.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel between Sofia and Istanbul including taking a bus or flight.

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