Buses from Sofia to Thessaloniki
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There are 11 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Thessaloniki. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki usually takes around 5 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Citylines bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 25 minutes.
|Distance||144 mi (231 km)|
|Shortest duration||4h 25m|
|Trips per day||11|
|Most frequent service||Union Ivkoni|
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What bus companies travel from Sofia to Thessaloniki?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Sofia to Thessaloniki that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Union Ivkoni usually offers more choice, with 10 scheduled trips per day.
Book Citylines from Sofia to Thessaloniki from €20. There are 2 Citylines schedules from Sofia to Thessaloniki and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Thessaloniki. In Sofia, Citylines departs to Thessaloniki from Serdica Bus Station and 1 other station. In Thessaloniki, Citylines arrives at Monastiriou 28 and 1 other station.
An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Thessaloniki takes 4 hours and 46 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Thessaloniki in 4 hours and 25 minutes .
On weekends, Citylines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Thessaloniki.
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 10 trips per day on the route from Sofia to Thessaloniki, and the trip usually takes 5 hours and 55 minutes to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki 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.
In addition, federal law requires all bus 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 bus.
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?
The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 231 kilometers from Sofia to Thessaloniki. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 25 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?
Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Sofia?
The first bus leaves at 06:00 and the last bus leaves at 18:00. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Thessaloniki, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
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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.
Where does the bus leave from in Sofia?
Buses to Thessaloniki leave from 5 stations in Sofia.
All bus stations in Sofia:
Central Bus Station
Airport Arrivals Terminal 2
Airport Departure Terminal 1
Serdica Bus Station
Sofia Bus Station Serdika
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