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

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Fly  •  4 h 29 min

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

$67 - $202

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari

$10 - $26

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 - $25

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

$19 - $22

Drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Sofia to Istanbul 341.9 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to bus which costs $9 - $27 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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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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The distance between Sofia and Istanbul is 502 km. The road distance is 547 km.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 9 h and costs $29 - $65.

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

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Sofia to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Sofia station.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $65 - $210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 - $65 and takes 9 h, you could also train, which costs $20 - $25 and takes 11 h.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Sofia to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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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
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 - $9
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Sofia to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $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
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $26
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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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Sofia. It is currently 5:48 AM in Sofia and 5:48 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Sofia to Istanbul is 547 km. It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to drive from Sofia to Istanbul.

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

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There are 2315+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sofia to Sofia Airport is to line 84 shuttle which takes 34 min and costs $1.

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