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Athens to Sofia bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price€32.08
Fastest time11h 45m
Trips per day5
bus carriers3
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a bus ticket from Athens to Sofia cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Athens to Sofia were €45.06.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Athens to Sofia is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches.

How long is the bus ride from Athens to Sofia?

The distance between Athens and Sofia is approximately 326.58 miles, or 525.45 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 12 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 11 hours and 45 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Athens to Sofia?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Athens to Sofia by bus is on Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Wednesday is when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, the bus departing at this time is the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Athens to Sofia?

On average there are 5 bus trips per day. Union Ivkoni has the most options for departures from Athens to Sofia, with an average of 3 trips per day and 6 monthly trips. 3 bus carriers currently travel from Athens to Sofia. Of the 5 trips there are 5 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

3 carriers offer Athens to Sofia bus trips

Arda Tur

Book Arda Tur from Athens to Sofia from €49.99. There are 1 Arda Tur schedules from Athens to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay €50.18 for a Arda Tur ticket to Sofia. In Athens, Arda Tur departs to Sofia from Akominatou 32-36 and no other station. In Sofia, Arda Tur arrives at Central Bus Station and no other station.

An average trip on Arda Tur from Athens to Sofia takes 12 hours and 26 minutes, while the fastest available Arda Tur trip will get you to Sofia in 11 hours and 45 minutes,

Avg. Time
12h 26m
Avg. Price
€50.18

Citylines

Book Citylines from Athens to Sofia from €62.98. There are 1 Citylines schedules from Athens to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay €63.22 for a Citylines ticket to Sofia. In Athens, Citylines departs to Sofia from Karolou 26 and no other station. In Sofia, Citylines arrives at Central Bus Station and no other station.

An average trip on Citylines from Athens to Sofia takes 11 hours and 45 minutes,

Avg. Time
11h 45m
Avg. Price
€63.22

Union Ivkoni

Book Union Ivkoni from Athens to Sofia from €32.08. There are 3 Union Ivkoni schedules from Athens to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay €37.55 for a Union Ivkoni ticket to Sofia. In Athens, Union Ivkoni departs to Sofia from Pl. Karaiskaki 2 and no other station. In Sofia, Union Ivkoni arrives at Central Bus Station and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Union Ivkoni from Athens to Sofia takes 12 hours and 4 minutes, while the fastest available Union Ivkoni trip will get you to Sofia in 11 hours and 45 minutes,

Avg. Time
12h 4m
Avg. Price
€37.55
There are 3 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Sofia will depart from these stations in Athens:
  • Pl. Karaiskaki 2
  • Akominatou 32-36
  • Karolou 26
Buses arrive in Sofia at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Sofia for trips arriving from Athens:
  • Central Bus Station
  • Airport Arrivals Terminal 2
  • Airport Departure Terminal 1

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