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There are 4 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Vienna. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Vienna usually takes around 20 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur bus can make the trip in 15 hours and 55 minutes.
|Distance||508 mi (817 km)|
|Shortest duration||15h 55m|
|Trips per day||2|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus|
What bus companies travel from Sofia to Vienna?
There are 3 bus lines from Sofia to Vienna available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, FlixBus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Arda Tur||1||15h 58m||€63.21|
|Union Ivkoni||1||17h 16m||€54.23|
Book Arda Tur from Sofia to Vienna from €62. Typically there is one Arda Tur schedule per day from Sofia to Vienna and you can expect on average to pay for a Arda Tur ticket to Vienna. In Sofia, Arda Tur departs to Vienna from Serdica Bus Station . In Vienna, Arda Tur arrives at Stadioncenter .
An average trip on Arda Tur from Sofia to Vienna takes 15 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Arda Tur trip will get you to Vienna in 15 hours and 55 minutes .
On weekends, Arda Tur offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Vienna.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 3 trips from Sofia to Vienna, 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.
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 buses offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets. Union Ivkoni usually operates 1 trips per day on the route from Sofia to Vienna, and the trip usually takes 17 hours and 16 minutes to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Sofia to Vienna during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus 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, bus 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.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.
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 bus ride from Sofia to Vienna?
The bus takes an average of 20 hours and 10 minutes to cover the 817 kilometers from Sofia to Vienna. However, the fastest bus only takes 15 hours and 55 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus 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 bus?
Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Vienna at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Sofia?
The first bus leaves at 02:00 and the last bus leaves at 22:00. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Vienna, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
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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 bus services also offer daily transportation to the city. The vast majority of them operate out of the Sofia Central Bus Station.
Blessed with extravagant baroque structures and a romantic vibe, Vienna is the heart of Austria, and the country’s most famous destination. The pride of Vienna is the towering giant that is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood on the same spot for over eight centuries. The characteristically Gothic cathedral has withstood several wars that have befallen the city, and it is still able to keep its stunning beauty. After exploring the cathedral, don’t hesitate to take the chance to visit the catacombs, where victims of the Great Plague of Vienna were laid to rest. If you’re interested in art and history, check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke, and Reubens. For those who simply enjoy lounging around, the Schönbrunn Palace is a vast complex with plenty of green zones for picnics.
For those looking to try authentic Viennese goulash, Lugeck and Ofenloch are two famous establishments. For cheaper eats, try Motto in Weiden.
Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city, offering access to other popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich. Vienna International Busterminal is the main bus station in the Austrian capital, serving carriers such as FlixBus. The city’s main airport is the Vienna International Airport, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.
Where does the bus leave from in Sofia?
Main departure station: Central Bus Station
Sofia has two bus stations with service to Vienna.
All bus stations in Sofia:
Central Bus Station
Serdica Bus Station
Where does the bus arrive in Vienna?
Main arrival station: Erdberg
The Erdberg station is located in front of the Vienna International Busterminal (VIB). Some buses use a curbside stop on the street level, including the FlixBus routes that use the station. The indoor station is not always open, so be prepared to wait for the bus outside, without access to restrooms or other amenities, just in case. Across the street is the Erdberg Metro station, so you can easily connect to Vienna's U-Bhan and get anywhere else in the city.
Bus stations in Vienna:
Wien Train Station (Tiefgeschoß Straßenbahn)
Central Bus Station Vib
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