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About Sofia

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.

What bus companies travel to Sofia, Bulgaria?

Located in Bulgaria, Sofia is accessible by bus from 11 other cities. You can choose from 83 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Sofia on Wanderu. Union Ivkoni usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Sofia

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Union Ivkoni4518h 1m$62.72
Union Ivkoni334h 51m$15.63
Karat-S1412h 39m$59.09
Citylines138h 37m$36.04
Arda Tur1013h 37m$57.47
Traventuria72h 45m$29.45
Racic Eurobus71d 0h 27m$116.95
Group Plus Ltd45h 37m$15.67
Tourist Service Holding AD38h 26m$28.51
Global Biomet24h 43m$16.24
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Arda Tur is a Bulgarian intercity bus 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.

  • Traventuria is a renowned passenger transport company in Bulgaria, offering 14 routes connecting three cities. With reliable service and an average of six daily trips, Traventuria specializes in connecting Sofia with the popular ski resorts of Bansko and Borovets. Their coaches have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and friendly drivers who make regular stops to ensure passenger comfort.

  • Racic Eurobus, a coach company operating in Bulgaria since 1990, is known for its high safety and comfort standards. With a wide range of popular destinations across Europe, the company caters to the diverse interests of travelers. From vibrant capital cities to picturesque coastal towns, Racic Eurobus offers convenient routes to destinations such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Prague. With a commitment to reliability, comfort, and customer satisfaction, Racic Eurobus is a trusted choice for exploring Europe by bus.

  • Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, Group Plus Ltd focuses on connecting 12 sought-after destinations, including Ravda, Sunny Beach, Varna, and Shumen. They provide convenient transportation options for locals and tourists, with a modern and safe vehicle fleet. Passengers can enjoy amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and power outlets.

  • Global Biomet is a Bulgarian bus company founded in 1997, with offices in Sofia, London, Paris, and Barcelona. They offer reliable and frequent service, connecting cities like Varna and Veliko Tarnovo. Their modern buses and friendly drivers ensure a comfortable journey for passengers.

Frequently Asked Questions

$11.58 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Sofia, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Sofia. In the last month, buses from Bansko to Sofia had the lowest average price at $11.81.

The busiest bus station in Sofia is Central Bus Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Sofia are:

  • Central Bus Station
  • Serdica Bus Station
  • Airport Arrivals Terminal 2
The closest airport to Sofia is Sofia Airport (SOF), it is located 4.6 miles from the city center of Sofia.
It also ranks number 7 in Bulgaria. Sofia has the most bus connections in the region. There are 82 bus schedules arriving in Sofia each day.
Bus tickets to Sofia range from $12 for a short trip to Sofia, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Sofia starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Sofia can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .
The closest bus station to the city center of Sofia is Sofia Alexander Nevski Cathedral, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Sofia Alexander Nevski Cathedral as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Sofia. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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