How to travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia

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from Thessaloniki to Sofia

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

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To get from Thessaloniki to Sofia on Feb 02 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:30AMThessaloniki4h45 02:15PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)
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211One-way
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01:15AMThessaloniki5h45 07:00AMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)
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02:30PMThessaloniki4h55 07:25PMSofia
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09:00AMThessaloniki5h15 02:15PMСофия, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara)
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211One-way
08:00AMΘεσσαλονίκη (Thessaloniki), Monastiriou 635h00 01:00PMSofia
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241One-way

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Travel Information from Thessaloniki to Sofia

distanceDistance143 miles (230 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$2 - $23
fastestFastest modeBus • $23 (€20) • 6 h
carriersPopular travel companiesUnion Ivkoni International

Travel 143 miles (230 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Thessaloniki to Sofia. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Union Ivkoni International among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia.

How to get from Thessaloniki to Sofia

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia 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 Thessaloniki to Sofia. 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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FAQs

International travel from Thessaloniki, Greece to Sofia, Bulgaria is: Unrestricted.

Can I enter Bulgaria if coming from Greece?

Entry into Bulgaria is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Greece.

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

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 1/13/23; 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 between Thessaloniki and Sofia.

The current restriction level for returning to Thessaloniki, Greece from Bulgaria is: Unrestricted.

Am I allowed to reenter Thessaloniki, Greece from Sofia, Bulgaria?

Reentering Greece is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Thessaloniki from Sofia?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Thessaloniki, Greece regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Greece must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 1/24/23. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Thessaloniki from Sofia here.

You can travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Sofia from Thessaloniki is by taking a flight with an average price of $2 (€2).

This is compared to other travel options to Sofia:

Taking a flight is about $21 (€18) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $23 (€20) for this trip.

The fastest way from Thessaloniki to Sofia is by bus with an average journey time of 6 h.

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

In comparison, taking a flight requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

The Thessaloniki to Sofia distance is around 143 miles (230 km).

The average frequency per day from Thessaloniki to Sofia is:

  • 6 buses per day.

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

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Thessaloniki, Macedonia Intercity Bus Station and arrive in Sofia, Centralna Avtogara (София, Централна Автогара).
  • Most travelers board their plane from Thessaloniki International Airport and arrive in Sofia Airport.

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

  • Travel with Union Ivkoni International to go to Sofia by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Union Ivkoni International Thessaloniki to Sofia tickets on Omio for $23 (€20).

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Union Ivkoni International, Arda Tur or City Lines with 6 direct buses per day.

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 from Thessaloniki to Sofia.

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

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $23 (€20) one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $2 (€2) one way.

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

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