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Istanbul to Sofia by bus

The journey from Istanbul to Sofia by bus is 312.27 mi and takes 9 hr 28 min. There are 18 connections per day, with the first departure at 8:00 AM and the last at 11:59 PM. It is possible to travel from Istanbul to Sofia by bus for as little as $25.52 or as much as $44.31. The best price for this journey is $25.52.

Lowest Price$25.52
Journey Duration9 hr 28 min
Connection per Day18
Lowest Price$25.52
Highest Price$44.31
First Departure8:00 AM
Last Departure11:59 PM
Distance312.27 mi
DepartureIstanbul
ArrivalSofia
CarriersCity Lines, VIP Arda TurMore

Istanbul to Sofia Bus Times

Departure date
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

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How can I get the cheapest bus tickets to travel from Istanbul to Sofia?

On average, a bus ticket from Istanbul to Sofia will cost you $35.89. However, there may be cheaper alternatives available. Virail will show you the lowest prices available for your chosen travel dates, which could be as little as $25.52. If you are trying to stick to a budget, there are several ways you can seek out lower ticket prices. For example, if your travel dates are flexible, you might find that some days of the week are cheaper than others. Traveling during peak season will usually cost more, so avoid that if you want to save money. Even the time of day can affect the price of tickets sometimes. You can also look for an indirect route, which may be cheaper than a direct connection. Often, the cheapest bus tickets can be found by booking well in advance. However, be mindful that many companies do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest tickets.
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When you're traveling from Istanbul to Sofia, you can expect to pay an average of approximately $35.89. Some forms of transport are cheaper than others, and prices will vary according to time of day, day of the week, season, and other factors. For the cheapest bus tickets, make your reservation well in advance. If you can, travel at an off-peak time, as bus ticket prices will often be reduced. You might also be able to save money by booking a connecting journey, rather than a direct route. Be sure to check the conditions of the ticket before booking, as sometimes cheaper bus tickets cannot be changed or refunded. Use Virail to check your options before booking, to ensure that you find the lowest price for your journey.

How long does the journey from Istanbul to Sofia take by bus?

Traveling from Istanbul to Sofia by bus will usually take 9 hr 28 min. This journey covers a distance of 312.27 mi . When planning your trip, bear in mind that 9 hr 28 min is an average, and route times may vary from day to day. Weather conditions, issues with transport, unexpected diversions, and local events could all cause delays to your journey. Please keep the possibility of these exceptional events in mind when making travel plans. The journey from Istanbul to Sofia covers a distance of 312.27 mi. On average, you can expect your journey to last roughly 9 hr 28 min. However, booking the fastest option will see you reach your destination in approximately 7 hr 30 min. For faster journeys, look for express routes. Please remember that these may only depart at certain times of day, or on particular days of the week. You may also find that you can go from Istanbul to Sofia faster by making connections, rather than taking a direct route.

What time are the first and last departures from Istanbul to Sofia?

If you prefer to travel early, you will usually find the first departure from Istanbul to Sofia leaving at 8:00 AM. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last daily departure leaves at 11:59 PM.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays. If you prefer to travel at night, you will usually find the first departure from Istanbul to Sofia leaving at 8:00 AM. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last departure of the night leaves at 11:59 PM.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

How many times a day do departures from Istanbul leave for Sofia?

The route from Istanbul to Sofia is served by providers including . From this list of transport providers, there are up to departures each day. However, this exact number will vary. On average, journeys depart from Istanbul 18 times per day. This number includes all the transport providers that serve the route. When traveling from Istanbul to Sofia, you may choose to use an indirect route, involving connections. If you prefer not to do this, you will find an average of 18 direct journeys each day. However, indirect routes open up more possibilities for flexible travelers. On average, there are 0 journeys with one change or more each day. These numbers are all averages. They can slightly vary depending on the day of the week, the season of the year, local festivals, and other factors. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Istanbul to Sofia. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap bus tickets from Istanbul to Sofia
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Istanbul to Sofia.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Istanbul to Sofia, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Istanbul to Sofia.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Bus companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $28.09 to $33.37 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 16% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap bus tickets from Istanbul to Sofia

The cheapest Istanbul - Sofia bus tickets can be found for as low as $26.53 if you’re lucky, or $32.64 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $37.18.

Find the best day to travel to Sofia by bus

When travelling to Sofia by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Arda Tur is a Turkish bus company that operates intercity and international bus services. The company was founded in 1998 and has since grown to become one of the leading bus operators in Turkey. Arda Tur operates a modern fleet of buses that are equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats, and onboard entertainment systems. The company's routes cover major cities in Turkey, as well as international destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Arda Tur is known for its reliable service, affordable fares, and commitment to passenger safety. The company also offers online booking and ticketing services, making it easy for passengers to plan their journeys.

Services on board City Lines, Huntur and Arda Tur from Istanbul to Sofia
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Istanbul to Sofia CO2 Emissions by Bus

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Train
35.18kg
Bus
37.69kg
Flight
100.51kg
Car
80.41kg

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from Istanbul to Sofia?
A bus ticket from Istanbul to Sofia is $35.89. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $25.52.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from Istanbul to Sofia?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Istanbul to Sofia is $25.52. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Istanbul and Sofia by bus?
Istanbul to Sofia is 312.27 mi.
How long does the bus between Istanbul and Sofia take?
Istanbul to Sofia is on average 9 hr 28 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 7 hr 30 min.
Which companies operate from Istanbul to Sofia?
The bus journey from Istanbul to Sofia is covered by 6 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: City Lines, VIP Arda Tur, Huntur, Arda Tur, Kâmil Koç, KAMİL KOÇ OTOBÜSLERİ A.Ş. and Panorama Trans.
How many bus connections per day go from Istanbul to Sofia?
Istanbul to Sofia has 18 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from Istanbul to Sofia leave?
The earliest bus from Istanbul to Sofia departs at 8:00 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from Istanbul to Sofia depart?
The latest bus from Istanbul to Sofia departs at 11:59 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Istanbul to Sofia in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is $25.52 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Istanbul to Sofia?
There are on average 18 direct connection(s) from Istanbul to go to Sofia.
What's the fastest journey time between Istanbul to Sofia by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between Istanbul and Sofia is 7 hr 30 min.
Is there a direct bus from Istanbul to Sofia?
Yes, there is a direct bus between Istanbul and Sofia.
What are the CO2 emissions for Istanbul to Sofia by bus?
The bus journey from Istanbul to Sofia creates 37.69kg of CO2 emissions.

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