How to travel from Sofia to Plovdiv

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from Sofia to Plovdiv

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

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To get from Sofia to Plovdiv on Aug 18 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:10AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)2h20 10:30AMPlovdiv
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08:10AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)2h20 10:30AMPlovdiv
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05:00PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)2h00 07:00PMPlovdiv
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10:00AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)2h20 12:20PMPlovdiv
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10:50AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)2h20 01:10PMPlovdiv
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Travel Information from Sofia to Plovdiv

distanceDistance81 miles (131 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $7
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $5 (€5) • 2 h 42 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $7 (€6) • 1 h 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesKarat-S

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 81 miles (131 km) to Plovdiv from Sofia. If speed is a priority, then a bus is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $5 (€5). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Karat-S among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Sofia to Plovdiv.

How to get from Sofia to Plovdiv

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Sofia to Plovdiv there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 100,00% 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 Plovdiv. 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 Plovdiv

Travel to Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv.

There are 4 travel options from Sofia to Plovdiv: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Plovdiv is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $5 (€5) compared to other travel options to Plovdiv:

Taking a train is usually $1 (€1) less than taking a bus to Plovdiv, which costs on average $7 (€6) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Sofia to Plovdiv is by bus with an average journey time of 1 h 45 min.

There are alternative travel options to Plovdiv that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 2 h 42 min.

You should expect to travel around 81 miles (131 km) between Sofia and Plovdiv.

The average frequency per day from Sofia to Plovdiv is:

  • Around 17 buses per day.
  • 11 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Plovdiv from 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 when traveling from Sofia to Plovdiv:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара) to Пловдив, Автогара Юг 2 (Plovdiv, Avtogara Jug 2).

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  • You can go to Plovdiv from Sofia by bus with Karat-S. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $7 (€6) with Karat-S from Sofia to Plovdiv on Omio.

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

  • You can take a direct bus with Karat-S or Union Ivkoni National with 17 direct buses per day.

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

Looking to extend your trip from Sofia to Plovdiv? Many Omio customers who go from Sofia to Plovdiv usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Stara Zagora, Varna or Veliko Tarnovo. If you're looking to explore Stara Zagora, Varna or Veliko Tarnovo from Plovdiv, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • A bus ticket for this route costs on average $7 (€6) one way.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $5 (€5) one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Sofia to Plovdiv 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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