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Plovdiv - Istanbul Coach Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity coaches per day from Plovdiv to Istanbul. Traveling by coach from Plovdiv to Istanbul usually takes around 8 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest FlixBus coach can make the trip in 6 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance232 mi (374 km)
Shortest duration6h 15m
Cheapest price£21.05
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceCitylines
Coach lines4

What coach companies travel from Plovdiv to Istanbul?

There are 4 bus lines from Plovdiv to Istanbul available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Citylines usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arda Tur47h 45m£25.40
Citylines69h 18m£29.82
FlixBus26h 32m£21.73
Huntur Turizm16h 30m£21.26
  • Arda Tur is a Bulgarian intercity coach company serving a large number of cities in Bulgaria as well as destinations across Europe, like Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. Onboard, you’ll find extra legroom, air conditioning, restrooms, complimentary WiFi and power outlets. There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase as well.

  • Citylines, a prominent Bulgarian bus company based in Sofia, offers an extensive network of routes connecting cities within Bulgaria and beyond, operating numerous daily trips. The company's services extend to countries such as Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, and Germany, providing convenient travel options for passengers. One of Citylines' popular routes is the 12-hour journey from Sofia to Athens, which runs twice daily, and passengers can enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and Wi-Fi connectivity for a comfortable and convenient travel experience.

  • 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 2 trips from Plovdiv to Istanbul, and usually makes the trip in about 6 hours and 32 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Huntur Turizm is a prominent Turkish bus company based in Istanbul, specializing in passenger transportation since 1969. It has established itself as one of the leading companies in the country, offering bus journeys to notable destinations such as Razgrad, Rousse, Kubrat, and Haskova. On-board amenities include movie screenings, Wi-Fi connectivity, and beverage services.

Frequently Asked Questions

The coach takes an average of 8 hours to cover the 232 miles from Plovdiv to Istanbul. However, the fastest coach only takes 6 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Tuesday is usually the day of the week when coaches 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the coach, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

The first coach leaves at 00:00 and the last coach leaves at 21:00. To see the times for all coaches from Plovdiv to Istanbul, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled coaches that travel from Plovdiv to Istanbul every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Plovdiv?

Main departure station: Bus Station South

Coaches to Istanbul leave from 3 stations in Plovdiv.

All coach stations in Plovdiv:

  • Bus Station South

  • Bul. Hristo Botev 47

  • Plovdiv Central Train Station Bus Stop

Where does the coach arrive in Istanbul?

Main arrival station: Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

These are the two stations where coaches may stop when they arrive in Istanbul.

Coach stations in Istanbul:

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

  • Istanbul Esenler Otogari

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