You can get from Istanbul to Sofia by train, bus or flight.
To get from Istanbul to Sofia on Jun 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
Find all the dates and times for this journey by train, bus, and flight, .
|Distance||311 miles (501 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, flight, ferry or train|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $322 (€288) • 1 h 10 min|
|Popular travel companies||Brittany Ferries or Turkish Airlines|
Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 311 miles (501 km) between Istanbul and Sofia. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Brittany Ferries or Turkish Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Istanbul to Sofia.
Travel between Istanbul, Turkey and Sofia, Bulgaria is: Fully open.
International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey.
Conditions of entry into Bulgaria:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Bulgaria has imposed the following measures:
This information was last checked on 6/27/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your journey from Istanbul to Sofia.
The restriction level for your return to Istanbul, Turkey from Bulgaria is: Fully open.
Entry into Turkey is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria.
Conditions of reentry into Turkey:
You should observe these safety measures in Turkey as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
This information about your return travel to Turkey was last checked on 6/25/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Istanbul from Sofia closer to your date of departure here.
There are 4 ways to travel between Istanbul and Sofia including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.
The cheapest way to go to Sofia from Istanbul is by taking a ferry, which costs on average $1 (€1).
This is compared to other ways of getting to Sofia:
A ferry is $29 (€26) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from Istanbul to Sofia costing on average $29 (€26).
Taking a ferry is usually $322 (€288) less than taking a flight to Sofia, which costs on average $322 (€288) for the same trip.
Taking a ferry is about $8 (€7) less than taking a train, which costs on average $8 (€7) for this trip.
The fastest way to get to Sofia from Istanbul is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.
Other travel options to Sofia can usually take longer:
In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 6 h 15 min.
In comparison, traveling by ferry can take you on average 0 h 0 min.
In comparison, going by train can take 10 h 30 min on average.
The Istanbul to Sofia distance is around 311 miles (501 km).
The average frequency per day from Istanbul to Sofia is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Istanbul and Sofia as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Istanbul to Sofia:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Istanbul to Sofia with the following travel companies:
Direct services to Sofia tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.
When planning your trip from Istanbul to Sofia, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets from Istanbul to Sofia online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.
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