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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity coaches per day from Sofia to Istanbul. Traveling by coach from Sofia to Istanbul usually takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes, but some coaches might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance314 mi (505 km)
Shortest duration8h 30m
Cheapest price£21.23
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceCitylines
Coach lines2

How much is a coach ticket from Sofia to Istanbul?

£21.66 is the average price of a coach ticket from Sofia to Istanbul. Taking a coach is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a coach ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Sofia to Istanbul by coach will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, coach ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around £24 whenever you decide to travel.

What coach companies travel from Sofia to Istanbul?

There are two coach lines that have daily service from Sofia to Istanbul that you can search and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one coach per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Citylines18h 30m£22.50
Huntur Turizm18h 30m£21.65
  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Sofia to Istanbul from £22. There are 1 Citylines schedules from Sofia to Istanbul and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Istanbul. In Sofia, Citylines departs to Istanbul from Central Bus Station and no other station. In Istanbul, Citylines arrives at Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı and no other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Istanbul takes 8 hours and 30 minutes .

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

  • Huntur Turizm

    Huntur Turizm

    Book Huntur Turizm from Sofia to Istanbul from £21. There are 1 Huntur Turizm schedules from Sofia to Istanbul and you can expect on average to pay for a Huntur Turizm ticket to Istanbul. In Sofia, Huntur Turizm departs to Istanbul from Serdica Bus Station and no other station. In Istanbul, Huntur Turizm arrives at Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı and no other station.

    An average trip on Huntur Turizm from Sofia to Istanbul takes 8 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Huntur Turizm offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Istanbul.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The coach takes an average of 8 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 314 miles from Sofia to Istanbul. 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?

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

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Sofia?

The first coach leaves at 22:00 and the last coach leaves at 22:00. To see the times for all coaches from Sofia to Istanbul, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coach departures serve Istanbul each day?

There are usually only 2 coaches per day from Sofia to Istanbul. Both of these are direct coaches, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring coaches at any point during your trip.

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 Bus Station

Sofia has two coach stations with service to Istanbul.

All coach stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Serdica Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Istanbul?

Main arrival station: Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

All coaches from Sofia arrive at one main station in Istanbul.

Coach stations in Istanbul:

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

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