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Buses from Sofia to Stara Zagora

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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Stara Zagora. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora usually takes around 3 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Union Ivkoni bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance119 mi (192 km)
Shortest duration3h 10m
Cheapest price$14.08
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Bus lines2

What bus companies travel from Sofia to Stara Zagora?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Sofia to Stara Zagora that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Union Ivkoni usually offers more choice, with 8 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Citylines33h 14m$15.14
Union Ivkoni83h 45m$15.95
  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Sofia to Stara Zagora from $15. There are 3 Citylines schedules from Sofia to Stara Zagora and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Stara Zagora. In Sofia, Citylines departs to Stara Zagora from Sofia Bus Station and no other station. In Stara Zagora, Citylines arrives at Stara Zagora Bus Station and no other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Stara Zagora takes 3 hours and 14 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Stara Zagora in 3 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Citylines offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Stara Zagora.

  • 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 8 trips per day on the route from Sofia to Stara Zagora, and the trip usually takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora 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 Sofia to Stara Zagora?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes to cover the 192 kilometers from Sofia to Stara Zagora. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 10 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Sofia to Stara Zagora for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Stara Zagora, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Sofia?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Stara Zagora, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Sofia to Stara Zagora every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information


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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 Sofia?

Main departure station: Central Bus Station

Sofia has two bus stations with service to Stara Zagora.

All bus stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Sofia Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Stara Zagora?

Main arrival station: Central Bus Station

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Stara Zagora.

Bus stations in Stara Zagora:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Stara Zagora Bus Station

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