Sofia to Plovdiv bus

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Sofia - Plovdiv Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Plovdiv. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Plovdiv usually takes around 2 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest Traventuria bus can make the trip in just one hour and 44 minutes.

Distance82 mi (133 km)
Shortest duration1h 44m
Cheapest price$8.37
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceKarat-S
Bus lines3

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What bus companies travel from Sofia to Plovdiv?

There are 3 bus lines from Sofia to Plovdiv available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 daily trips, Karat-S 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
Karat-S52h 20m$8.63
Traventuria62h 7m$33.19
Union Ivkoni12h 0m$9.30
  • Book Karat-S from Sofia to Plovdiv from $8. There are 5 trips per day offered by Karat-S from Sofia to Plovdiv and you can expect on average to pay for a Karat-S ticket to Plovdiv. In Sofia, Karat-S departs to Plovdiv from Central Bus Station . In Plovdiv, Karat-S arrives at Plovdiv Central Train Station Bus Stop .

    An average trip on Karat-S from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 2 hours and 20 minutes , while the fastest available Karat-S trip will get you to Plovdiv in 1 hours and 44 minutes .

    On weekends, Karat-S offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Plovdiv.

  • 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.

  • 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 Plovdiv, and the trip usually takes 2 hours and 0 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 82 miles from Sofia to Plovdiv. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 44 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Plovdiv. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Plovdiv, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Sofia 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 Sofia to Plovdiv without transferring.

City Information


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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Sofia?

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Main departure station: Central Bus Station

The Central Bus Station Mariya Luiza is in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Buses here run a regular service to Chisinau in Moldova, stopping at other Bulgarian cities on the way. There are also long-distance services going as far as Sunny Beach, Thessaloniki, and even Istanbul. The Central Bus station is located right next to the Central Railway Station, which has a waiting area and cafe. The Bus Station is also a short walk to the city center, which has a variety of major shops, restaurants, and supermarkets.

All bus stations in Sofia:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Airport Departure Terminal 1

  • Airport Arrivals Terminal 2

  • Sofia Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Where does the bus arrive in Plovdiv?

Main arrival station: Plovdiv Central Train Station Bus Stop

Buses arrive in Plovdiv at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Plovdiv:

  • Plovdiv Central Train Station Bus Stop

  • Bus Station South

  • Plovdiv Ul. "Kapitan Raycho Nikolov"

  • Bus Station

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