There are 6 ways to get from Sofia to Istanbul by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST) SOF - IST

$67 - $202

Cheapest option

Bus MetroTurizm  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$15 - $40

4 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$30 - $65

Train  •  11 h

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Svilengrad 493 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali 81721

$28 - $33

Train, bus  •  15 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Sofia to Burgas 8627
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Istanbul

$38 - $53

Drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

What companies run services between Sofia, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines and Tarom fly from Sofia to Istanbul 3 times a day. Alternatively, Metro Plus operates a bus from Sofia to Istanbul 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $65 and the journey takes 9 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to Burgas
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Website
bdz.bg
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
[email protected]
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Sofia to Istanbul?

The distance between Sofia and Istanbul is 502 km. The road distance is 547 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul?

The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to bus which costs $14 - $40 and takes 9 h 14 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul?

The quickest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $65 - $210.

Is there a direct bus between Sofia and Istanbul?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sofia and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h.

How long does it take to get from Sofia to Istanbul?

It takes approximately 4 h 29 min to get from Sofia to Istanbul, including transfers.