How to travel from Sofia to Istanbul

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Travel Information to Istanbul from Sofia

distanceDistance311 miles (501 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or flight
priceTicket price range$31 - $41
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $31 (€27) • 8 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $41 (€36) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesArda Tur or Turkish Airlines

Take a bus or flight to travel 311 miles (501 km) between Sofia and Istanbul. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Arda Tur or Turkish Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Sofia to Istanbul.

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from Sofia to Istanbul

How to get from Sofia to Istanbul by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

The best way to travel from Sofia to Istanbul is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

София, Централна Aвтогара 2 (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara 2)
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City Lines
София, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)
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Turkish Airlines
Sofia Airport (SOF)
10:40PMIstanbul Airport (IST)
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City Lines
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София, Централна Aвтогара 2 (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara 2)
0 transfers
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Turkish Airlines
Sofia Airport (SOF)
05:20PMIstanbul Airport (IST)
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Turkish Airlines
Sofia Airport (SOF)
10:55AMIstanbul Airport (IST)
0 transfers
Air Serbia
Sofia Airport (SOF)
03:25AMIstanbul Airport (IST)
1 transfer

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Travel between Sofia and Istanbul on FlixBus, Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel 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 travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel 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 travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

    Aegean Airlines is Greece’s leading airline and you can choose between Economy and Business tickets for your next travel from Sofia to Istanbul.

      FAQs: Travel from Sofia to Istanbul

      FAQs: Travel 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.

      There are 2 travel options between Sofia and Istanbul. You can take a bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $31 (€27) compared to other travel options to Istanbul:

      A bus is $10 (€9) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Sofia to Istanbul costing on average $41 (€36).

      The fastest way to get to Istanbul from Sofia is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

      Other travel options to Istanbul take longer:

      Taking a bus requires on average 8 h of travel time.

      Istanbul is approximately 311 miles (501 km) away from Sofia.

      The average frequency per day from Sofia to Istanbul is:

      • 1 bus per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Sofia and Istanbul 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 from Sofia to Istanbul:

      • Buses most often depart from Sofia at Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара) and arrive in Istanbul at İstanbul, Havalimanı (Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No: 1).
      • Flights mostly depart from Sofia Airport and arrive in Istanbul Airport.

      The following travel companies offer services from Sofia to Istanbul:

      • Travel with Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus to go to Istanbul by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Arda Tur Sofia to Istanbul tickets on Omio for $31 (€27).
      • Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines or Air Serbia can take you to Istanbul by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Pegasus Airlines from Sofia to Istanbul for $41 (€36).

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

      • 1 direct bus per day with Arda Tur, City Lines, Infobus or FlixBus.

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

      Your trip from Sofia to Istanbul doesn't have to end in Istanbul. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Izmir, Antalya, Athens or Ankara. If you’d like to add Izmir, Antalya, Athens or Ankara to your Sofia to Istanbul tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Istanbul today!

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