Thessaloniki to Plovdiv bus

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Thessaloniki - Plovdiv Bus Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv. Traveling by bus from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv usually takes around 10 hours and 38 minutes, but the fastest Citylines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance139 mi (224 km)
Shortest duration6h 55m
Cheapest price€22.64
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceArda Tur
Bus lines3

What bus companies travel from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv?

There are 3 bus lines from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 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:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arda Tur312h 59m€27.85
Citylines17h 25m€26.21
Tourist Service Holding AD17h 0m€26.84
  • 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.

  • Book Tourist Service Holding AD from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv from €27. Typically there is one Tourist Service Holding AD schedule per day from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv and you can expect on average to pay for a Tourist Service Holding AD ticket to Plovdiv. In Thessaloniki, Tourist Service Holding AD departs to Plovdiv from Macedonia Intercity Bus Station . In Plovdiv, Tourist Service Holding AD arrives at Bus Station South .

    An average trip on Tourist Service Holding AD from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv takes 7 hours and 0 minutes , while the fastest available Tourist Service Holding AD trip will get you to Plovdiv in 6 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, Tourist Service Holding AD offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Plovdiv.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 224 kilometers from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 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.

"Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Plovdiv 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, 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."

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 15:00. To see the times for all buses from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Thessaloniki to Plovdiv without transferring.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Thessaloniki?

Main departure station: Bus Station KTEL

Thessaloniki has two bus stations with service to Plovdiv.

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Macedonia Intercity Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Plovdiv?

Main arrival station: Bus Station South

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

Bus stations in Plovdiv:

  • Bus Station South

  • Plovdiv Central Railway Station

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