How to travel from Sofia to Athens

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from Sofia to Athens

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

Our recommendation

To get from Sofia to Athens on May 22 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:30AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)11h45 07:15PMAthens
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07:30AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)11h45 07:15PMAthens
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06:30PMСофия, Сердика (Sofia, Serdika)11h55 06:25AMAthens
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05:00PMSofia12h25 05:25AMAthens
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05:00PMSofia12h30 05:30AMAthens
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Travel Information to Athens from Sofia

distanceDistance326 miles (525 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or flight
priceTicket price range$40 - $200
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $40 (€36) • 11 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $200 (€180) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesUnion Ivkoni International or Turkish Airlines

Travel 326 miles (525 km) by bus or flight to Athens from Sofia. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $40 (€36). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Union Ivkoni International or Turkish Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Sofia to Athens.

How to get from Sofia to Athens

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Sofia to Athens there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 63,89% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Sofia to Athens. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Sofia to Athens

Travel to Athens 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 Athens.

Travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to Athens, Greece is: Fully open.

Is international entry into Athens from Sofia restricted?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Athens, Greece from Sofia?

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Athens, Greece?

The government of Greece has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The above information was last verified on 5/15/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Sofia to Athens closer to your planned date of departure here.

Return travel to Sofia, Bulgaria from Greece is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Bulgaria from Greece?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Bulgaria from Greece?

Requirements for reentering Bulgaria:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Bulgaria?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Bulgaria to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

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

The above information about your return travel to Sofia, Bulgaria was last verified on 5/16/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Sofia from Athens.

There are 2 ways to travel between Sofia and Athens including taking a bus or flight.

The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Athens is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $40 (€36) compared to other travel options to Athens:

Taking a bus is usually $160 (€144) less than taking a flight to Athens, which costs on average $200 (€180) for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Athens from Sofia is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 20 min.

Other travel options to Athens can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 11 h 55 min   on average.

Athens is approximately 326 miles (525 km) away from Sofia.

The average frequency per day from Sofia to Athens is:

  • Around 2 buses per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Sofia to Athens as scheduled services by bus or flight can vary by season or day of the week.

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара) and arrive in Athens, Sidirodromon (Αθήνα, Σιδηροδρόμων).
  • Most travelers take a flight from Sofia Airport to Athens International Airport.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Sofia to Athens, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Union Ivkoni International can take you to Athens by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Union Ivkoni International from Sofia to Athens for $40 (€36).
  • Travel with Turkish Airlines to go to Athens by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Turkish Airlines Sofia to Athens tickets on Omio for $200 (€180).

Yes, there are direct routes from Sofia to Athens with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 2 direct buses per day to Athens with Eurolines Germany, Union Ivkoni International or Brittany Ferries.

Direct services to Athens 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 journey.

Many of our customers traveling from Sofia to Athens don't make Athens their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Athens are Rome, Paris or Berlin, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Athens to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Sofia to Athens, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $40 (€36) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $200 (€180) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Sofia to Athens online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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