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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity coaches per day from Sofia to Budapest. Traveling by coach from Sofia to Budapest usually takes around 21 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus coach can make the trip in 18 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance392 mi (631 km)
Shortest duration18h 10m
Cheapest price£41.86
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Coach lines1

What coach companies travel from Sofia to Budapest?

On Wanderu there is one intercity coach company that operates from Sofia to Budapest. FlixBus is the one coach line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus221h 39m£54.52
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity coach companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 2 trips from Sofia to Budapest, and usually makes the trip in about 21 hours and 39 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by coach from Sofia to Budapest 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?

The coach takes an average of 21 hours and 39 minutes to cover the 392 miles from Sofia to Budapest. However, the fastest coach only takes 18 hours and 10 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?

Saturday is usually the day when coaches are busiest, as many travelers take the coach to enjoy the weekend in Budapest. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Sofia?

The first coach leaves at 02:00 and the last coach leaves at 14:00. To see the times for all coaches from Sofia to Budapest, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coach trips to Budapest are there per day?

There are usually only 2 coaches per day from Sofia to Budapest. However, neither coach offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer coaches during the trip.

City Information

Sofia

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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.

Budapest

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As the commercial and cultural hub of Hungary, Budapest is a multi-faceted city that appeals to many different kinds of travelers. The city’s star attraction is the blue Danube, which runs through town, dividing it in two. To explore the river to its fullest, you should go on a boat cruise. This is also a good way to enjoy an unobstructed view of the surrounding architecture. After enjoying the sapphire-colored water of the Danube, take a stroll around the historic Castle Hill quarter, which features cobblestone streets and quaint old buildings. While here, don’t hesitate to visit the area’s iconic Buda Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. For those who do not want to pass up a good photo shoot, Fisherman’s Bastion offers amazing panoramic views.

If you are looking for some unique Hungarian dishes, Arany Kaviar Restaurant offers a great selection. For a more casual experience, Hoppacska is a great choice.

The three main rail stations in Budapest are Keleti, Nyugati, and Déii, which offer access to various other Hungarian and European cities. The main bus station is Népliget and it is located on the edge of Budapest’s popular People’s Park. The main airport in the city is the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Sofia?

Departure stations

Most coaches depart from the main station in Sofia.

All coach stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Budapest?

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Arrival stations

The station at Üllői út 131 is Budapest's centre of intercity coach transport, plus a hub for local bus and subway services that run through the Népliget station. The station itself is large and spacious, so you can expect to find public restrooms as well as a comfortable waiting area with seats. The station's location is slightly south of Budapest's inner city, but there are still many cafes and hotels in the area since the immense People's Park and the MVM Dome are on either side of the station. Many of Budapest's local buses stop here, along with intercity service on lines including FlixBus and Slovak Lines.

Coach stations in Budapest:

  • Üllői út 131

  • Etele tér

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