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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity coaches per day from Sofia to Athens. Traveling by coach from Sofia to Athens usually takes around 12 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Citylines coach can make the trip in 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance326 mi (525 km)
Shortest duration11h 20m
Cheapest price£41.11
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Coach lines2

Price trends for coaches from Sofia to Athens

Monthly average prices


What coach companies travel from Sofia to Athens?

There are two coach lines that have daily service from Sofia to Athens that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Union Ivkoni usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Citylines211h 37m£43.64
Union Ivkoni713h 18m£49.82
  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Sofia to Athens from £41. There are 2 Citylines schedules from Sofia to Athens and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Athens. In Sofia, Citylines departs to Athens from Serdica Bus Station and 1 other station. In Athens, Citylines arrives at Karolou 26 and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Athens takes 11 hours and 37 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Athens in 11 hours and 20 minutes .

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

  • 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 coaches offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets. Union Ivkoni usually operates 7 trips per day on the route from Sofia to Athens, and the trip usually takes 13 hours and 18 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by coach from Sofia to Athens during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our coach 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, coach 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 coach 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 coach.

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 coach ride from Sofia to Athens?

The coach takes an average of 12 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 326 miles from Sofia to Athens. However, the fastest coach only takes 11 hours and 20 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by coach?

"With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for coach travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Sofia?

The first coach leaves at 06:00 and the last coach leaves at 20:00. To see the times for all coaches from Sofia to Athens, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coach trips to Athens are there per day?

There are 8 scheduled coaches that travel from Sofia to Athens every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct coaches which you can take the entire route from Sofia to Athens without transferring.

City Information


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Sofia - BGKIE-1

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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 coach 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 coach leave from in Sofia?

Main departure station: Central Bus Station

Coaches to Athens leave from 5 stations in Sofia.

All coach stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Airport Departure Terminal 1

  • Airport Arrivals Terminal 2

  • Serdica Bus Station

  • Sofia Bus Station Serdika

Where does the coach arrive in Athens?

Main arrival station: Pl. Karaiskaki 2

Coaches arrive in Athens at 3 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Athens:

  • Pl. Karaiskaki 2

  • Karolou 26

  • Athens Bus Stop

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