Buses from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv

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Thessaloniki - Plovdiv Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv. Traveling by bus from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv usually takes around 14 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Citylines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance139 mi (224 km)
Shortest duration6h 55m
Cheapest price$32.21
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Bus lines3

What bus companies travel from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv?

There are 3 bus lines from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv available for you to search and book on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, Union Ivkoni usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arda Tur11d 7h 30m$36.56
Citylines27h 36m$34.03
Union Ivkoni39h 48m$34.79
  • Arda Tur

    Arda Tur

    Book Arda Tur from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv from $36. There are 1 Arda Tur schedules from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv and you can expect on average to pay for a Arda Tur ticket to Plovdiv. In Thessaloniki, Arda Tur departs to Plovdiv from Monastiriou Bus Stop and no other station. In Plovdiv, Arda Tur arrives at Bus Station South and no other station.

    An average trip on Arda Tur from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv takes 31 hours and 30 minutes , while the fastest available Arda Tur trip will get you to Plovdiv in 6 hours and 55 minutes .

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

  • Citylines

    Citylines

    Book Citylines from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv from $32. There are 2 Citylines schedules from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Plovdiv. In Thessaloniki, Citylines departs to Plovdiv from Monastiriou 28 and 1 other station. In Plovdiv, Citylines arrives at Bus Station South and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv takes 7 hours and 36 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Plovdiv in 6 hours and 55 minutes .

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

  • 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 3 trips per day on the route from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv, and the trip usually takes 9 hours and 48 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv 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 Thessaloniki to Plovdiv?

The bus takes an average of 14 hours and 42 minutes to cover the 224 kilometers from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 55 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?

"Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Plovdiv at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Thessaloniki?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00am. To see the times for all buses from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Plovdiv are there per day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Thessaloniki?

Main departure station: Monastiriou Bus Stop

Buses to Plovdiv leave from 4 stations in Thessaloniki.

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Monastiriou Bus Stop

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Monastiriou 28

  • Macedonia Intercity Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Plovdiv?

Main arrival station: Bus Station South

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

Bus stations in Plovdiv:

  • Bus Station South

  • Plovdiv Central Railway Station

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