How to travel from Madrid to Sofia

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from Madrid to Sofia

You can get from Madrid to Sofia by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Madrid to Sofia on Jun 26 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:10AMMadrid Barajas Airport3h20 11:30AMSofia Airport
0 transfers
06:00PMMadrid Barajas Airport20h10 03:10PMSofia Airport
1 transfer
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06:00PMMadrid Barajas Airport20h40 03:40PMSofia Airport
2 transfers
08:15PMMadrid Barajas Airport22h20 07:35PMSofia Airport
1 transfer
12:20PMMadrid Barajas Airport6h15 07:35PMSofia Airport
1 transfer

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Travel Information between Madrid and Sofia

distanceDistance1397 miles (2253 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight or bus
priceTicket price range$143 - $158
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $143 (€126) • 45 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $158 (€140) • 3 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBulgaria Air or Union Ivkoni International

Take a flight or bus to travel 1397 miles (2253 km) from Madrid to Sofia. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $143 (€126). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Bulgaria Air or Union Ivkoni International among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or bus from Madrid to Sofia.

Travel Tips: Travel from Madrid to Sofia

Travel to Sofia 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 Madrid to Sofia.

International travel from Madrid, Spain to Sofia, Bulgaria is: Fully open.

Can I enter Bulgaria if coming from Spain?

Entry into Bulgaria is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Sofia if traveling from Madrid?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Sofia, Bulgaria due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Bulgaria must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

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

The information above was last checked on 6/3/22; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip from Madrid to Sofia.

The restriction level for your return to Madrid, Spain from Bulgaria is: Fully open.

Is my journey back to Madrid from Sofia restricted?

Entry into Spain is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Madrid from Sofia?

Conditions of reentry into Spain:

  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Madrid, Spain?

You should observe these safety measures in Spain as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Spain was last checked on 6/24/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Madrid from Sofia closer to your date of departure here.

There are 2 ways that you can travel to Sofia from Madrid. You can take a flight or bus.

The cheapest way to travel to Sofia from Madrid is by taking a bus with an average price of $143 (€126).

This is compared to other travel options to Sofia:

Taking a bus is usually $15 (€14) less than taking a flight to Sofia, which costs on average $158 (€140) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel between Madrid and Sofia is by flight, which takes on average 3 h 15 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 45 h   on average.

The Madrid to Sofia distance is around 1397 miles (2253 km).

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Madrid to Sofia:

  • Most travelers board their plane from Madrid Barajas Airport and arrive in Sofia Airport.
  • Most travelers take a bus from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 to Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара).

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Sofia:

  • You can travel by plane between Madrid and Sofia with Bulgaria Air, and you can find Bulgaria Air Madrid to Sofia tickets for $158 (€140) on Omio.
  • You can travel by bus between Madrid and Sofia with Union Ivkoni International, and you can find Union Ivkoni International Madrid to Sofia tickets for $143 (€126) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Madrid to Sofia with the following travel companies:

  • You can book a direct flight with Bulgaria Air.
  • You'll find direct buses with Union Ivkoni International.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Sofia as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Madrid and Sofia.

Omio customers who travel from Madrid to Sofia often also extend their vacation to go to Plovdiv, Bucharest or Burgas. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Sofia and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from Madrid to Sofia, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A plane ticket for this journey is costing $158 (€140) one way on average.
  • A bus ticket costs $143 (€126) one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Madrid to Sofia tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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