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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Istanbul. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Istanbul usually takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance314 mi (505 km)
Shortest duration8h 30m
Cheapest price$32.05
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceCitylines
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Sofia to Istanbul?

$32.87 is the average price of a bus ticket from Sofia to Istanbul. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Sofia to Istanbul by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around C$37 whenever you decide to travel.

What bus companies travel from Sofia to Istanbul?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Sofia to Istanbul that you can search and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one bus per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Citylines18h 30m$33.85
Huntur Turizm18h 30m$32.54
  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Sofia to Istanbul from $33. There are 1 Citylines schedules from Sofia to Istanbul and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Istanbul. In Sofia, Citylines departs to Istanbul from Central Bus Station and no other station. In Istanbul, Citylines arrives at Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı and no other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Istanbul takes 8 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Citylines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Istanbul.

  • Huntur Turizm

    Huntur Turizm

    Book Huntur Turizm from Sofia to Istanbul from $32. There are 1 Huntur Turizm schedules from Sofia to Istanbul and you can expect on average to pay for a Huntur Turizm ticket to Istanbul. In Sofia, Huntur Turizm departs to Istanbul from Serdica Bus Station and no other station. In Istanbul, Huntur Turizm arrives at Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı and no other station.

    An average trip on Huntur Turizm from Sofia to Istanbul takes 8 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Huntur Turizm offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Istanbul.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Sofia to Istanbul 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 Istanbul?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 505 kilometers from Sofia to Istanbul. 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?

"Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Sofia to Istanbul 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, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week."

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Sofia?

The first bus leaves at 10:00pm and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Istanbul, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Istanbul each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Sofia to Istanbul. 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


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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 Istanbul.

All bus stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Serdica Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Istanbul?

Main arrival station: Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

All buses from Sofia arrive at one main station in Istanbul.

Bus stations in Istanbul:

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

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