Istanbul to Plovdiv coach

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Istanbul - Plovdiv Coach Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity coaches per day from Istanbul to Plovdiv. Traveling by coach from Istanbul to Plovdiv usually takes around 7 hours and 36 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur coach can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance232 mi (374 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price£21.33
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceCitylines
Coach lines3

What coach companies travel from Istanbul to Plovdiv?

There are 3 bus lines from Istanbul to Plovdiv 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 Tur46h 42m£24.61
Citylines68h 19m£29.36
Huntur Turizm16h 26m£22.15
  • 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 7 hours and 36 minutes to cover the 232 miles from Istanbul to Plovdiv. However, the fastest coach only takes 5 hours. 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 Istanbul to Plovdiv 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, 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.

The first coach leaves at 08:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Istanbul to Plovdiv, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 11 scheduled coaches that travel from Istanbul to Plovdiv 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 Istanbul to Plovdiv without transferring.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Istanbul?

Main departure station: Istanbul Esenler Otogari

Istanbul has two coach stations with service to Plovdiv.

All coach stations in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Esenler Otogari

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

Where does the coach arrive in Plovdiv?

Main arrival station: Bus Station South

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

Coach stations in Plovdiv:

  • Bus Station South

  • Bul. Hristo Botev 47

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