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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Vienna to Sofia. Traveling by bus from Vienna to Sofia usually takes around 15 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur bus can make the trip in 14 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance508 mi (817 km)
Shortest duration14h 40m
Cheapest price$64.61
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceArda Tur
Bus lines3

Price trends for buses from Vienna to Sofia

Monthly average prices

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What bus companies travel from Vienna to Sofia?

There are 3 bus lines from Vienna to Sofia available for you to search and book on Wanderu. Each of these companies only runs one bus per day. The following table helps you compare the available choices:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arda Tur115h 36m$84.03
FlixBus523h 50m$160.35
Union Ivkoni114h 50m$83.41
  • Arda Tur

    Arda Tur

    Book Arda Tur from Vienna to Sofia from $83. There are 1 Arda Tur schedules from Vienna to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay for a Arda Tur ticket to Sofia. In Vienna, Arda Tur departs to Sofia from Stadioncenter and no other station. In Sofia, Arda Tur arrives at Serdica Bus Station and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Arda Tur from Vienna to Sofia takes 15 hours and 36 minutes , while the fastest available Arda Tur trip will get you to Sofia in 14 hours and 40 minutes .

    On weekends, Arda Tur offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Sofia.

  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 5 trips from Vienna to Sofia, and usually makes the trip in about 23 hours and 50 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni was founded in Bulgaria in 1992 and quickly expanded its operations throughout Europe. Popular routes include both shorter travels within one country and long-haul international trips. Their reliable buses offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets. Union Ivkoni usually operates 1 trips per day on the route from Vienna to Sofia, and the trip usually takes 14 hours and 50 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Vienna to Sofia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Vienna to Sofia?

The bus takes an average of 15 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 817 kilometers from Vienna to Sofia. However, the fastest bus only takes 14 hours and 40 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Vienna?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Vienna to Sofia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Vienna to Sofia. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

City Information

Vienna

Blessed with extravagant baroque structures and a romantic vibe, Vienna is the heart of Austria, and the country’s most famous destination. The pride of Vienna is the towering giant that is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood on the same spot for over eight centuries. The characteristically Gothic cathedral has withstood several wars that have befallen the city, and it is still able to keep its stunning beauty. After exploring the cathedral, don’t hesitate to take the chance to visit the catacombs, where victims of the Great Plague of Vienna were laid to rest. If you’re interested in art and history, check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke, and Reubens. For those who simply enjoy lounging around, the Schönbrunn Palace is a vast complex with plenty of green zones for picnics.

For those looking to try authentic Viennese goulash, Lugeck and Ofenloch are two famous establishments. For cheaper eats, try Motto in Weiden.

Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city, offering access to other popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich. Vienna International Busterminal is the main bus station in the Austrian capital, serving carriers such as FlixBus. The city’s main airport is the Vienna International Airport, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.

Sofia

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The Bulgarian capital of Sofia lies in the Sofia Valley at the foot of Vitosha mountain. Known for its vast history stretching over seven millennia, Sofia is one of Europe's oldest cities, making for a metropolis where long-standing traditions meet modern entertainment.

Sofia's most iconic and popular tourist destination is the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Completed in 1912 and built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish Liberation War, the cathedral's crypt is open to visitors and has a vast collection of religious icons.

Because of Sofia's fascinatingly long history, it is no surprise that the city is filled with various historic sites and era-defining buildings. The Rotunda Church of St. George is one such place and is said to be the oldest building in Sofia. This ruin dates back to the 4th century, and the fact alone that it has remained mostly unscathed since then is reason enough to visit.

Sofia has also developed a vibrant contemporary scene, with many festivals and events taking place annually, including the internationally prominent Sofia Independent Film Festival and the GuitArt Festival.

Sofia can be easily reached by air via its conveniently located international airport, as well as by rail from various cities in nearby countries, including Istanbul, Belgrade and Bucharest. Various international and national bus services also offer daily transportation to the city. The vast majority of them operate out of the Sofia Central Bus Station.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Vienna?

Main departure station: Stadioncenter

Buses to Sofia leave from 4 stations in Vienna.

All bus stations in Vienna:

  • Stadioncenter

  • Central Bus Station Vib

  • Erdberg

  • Wien Train Station (Tiefgeschoß Straßenbahn)

Where does the bus arrive in Sofia?

Main arrival station: Serdica Bus Station

Buses arrive in Sofia at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Sofia:

  • Serdica Bus Station

  • Central Bus Station

  • Sofia Bus Station Serdika

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