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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity coaches per day from Sofia to Istanbul. Traveling by coach from Sofia to Istanbul usually takes around 9 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur coach can make the trip in 8 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance314 mi (505 km)
Shortest duration8h 30m
Cheapest price£25.59
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceArda Tur
Coach lines3

Price trends for coaches from Sofia to Istanbul

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What coach companies travel from Sofia to Istanbul?

There are 3 bus lines from Sofia to Istanbul available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 daily trips, Arda Tur 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 Tur59h 45m£26.87
Citylines48h 53m£31.53
Huntur Turizm18h 30m£26.07
  • 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.

  • 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 9 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 314 miles from Sofia to Istanbul. However, the fastest coach only takes 8 hours and 30 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.

"Because many passengers travel from Sofia to Istanbul at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for coaches. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go."

The first coach leaves at 00:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Sofia to Istanbul, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled coaches that travel from Sofia to Istanbul 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 Istanbul without transferring.

City Information

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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 Train Station

Coaches to Istanbul leave from 5 stations in Sofia.

All coach stations in Sofia:

  • Central Train Station

  • Serdica Bus Station

  • Sofia Bus Station Serdika

  • Airport Arrivals Terminal 2

  • Central Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Istanbul?

Main arrival station: Istanbul Esenler Otogari

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

Coach stations in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Esenler Otogari

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

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