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

$9 - $25

4 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$29 - $65

Train  •  11 h

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

$20 - $24

Night train, bus  •  11 h 25 min

  1. Take the night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$18 - $22

Drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to bus which costs $9 - $26 and takes 9 h 14 min.

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

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

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

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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.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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Map of how to get from Sofia to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 313.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 29 min

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 $29 - $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
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 - $9
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $14
Website
bdz.bg
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $4
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
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
[email protected]
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
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
$13 - $25
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
$8 - $12
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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