Travel from Sofia to Istanbul

Train, bus or fly from Sofia to Istanbul?

Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines 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 - $70 and the journey takes 9 h.

How to get from Sofia to Istanbul

ModeDurationPrice
From Tzarigradsko shose Blvd. line 84 bus to Sofia airport, fly to Istanbul airport, then Metro to Istanbul.4 h 44 min$112
From Sofia bus to Istanbul.9 h$44
From Sofia bus to Otogar then Metro to Aksaray.9 h 14 min$22
From Sofia train to Svilengrad, night train to Kapikule, train to Halkali, then taxi to Istanbul.11 h$33
From Sofia night train to Çerkezköy, walk to Cerkezkoy, bus to Otogar, then Metro to Aksaray.11 h 27 min$26
From Sofia drive to Istanbul.5 h 8 min$86

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

It takes approximately 4 h 44 min to get from Sofia to Istanbul, including transfers.

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.

Operators from Sofia to Istanbul

OperatorPhoneWebsite
SUMC0700 13 233SUMC
Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines
Aegean AirlinesAegean Airlines
Istanbul Ulasim+90 212 568 99 70Istanbul Ulasim
Metro PlusMetro Plus
MetroTurizmMetroTurizm
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)0700 10 200Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)+90 444 8 233Turkish Railways (TCDD)
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