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Sofia - Thessaloniki Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Sofia to Thessaloniki. Traveling by bus from Sofia to Thessaloniki usually takes around 5 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Citylines bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance144 mi (231 km)
Shortest duration4h 25m
Cheapest price$8.01
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Bus lines2

Price trends for buses from Sofia to Thessaloniki

Monthly average prices


What bus companies travel from Sofia to Thessaloniki?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Sofia to Thessaloniki that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Union Ivkoni usually offers more choice, with 10 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Citylines24h 48m$21.11
Union Ivkoni105h 55m$28.49
  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Sofia to Thessaloniki from $21. There are 2 trips per day offered by Citylines 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 one other station. In Thessaloniki, Citylines arrives at Monastiriou 28 and one other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Sofia to Thessaloniki takes 4 hours and 48 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Thessaloniki in 4 hours and 25 minutes .

    On weekends, Citylines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Thessaloniki.

  • Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni

    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.

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 Thessaloniki?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 144 miles 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?

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Sofia?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Sofia to Thessaloniki, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Sofia to Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki without transferring.

City Information


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Sofia - BGKIE-1

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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?

Main departure station: Central Bus Station

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

Where does the bus arrive in Thessaloniki?

Main arrival station: Bus Station KTEL

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

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Monastiriou Bus Stop

  • Monastiriou 28

  • Macedonia Intercity Bus Station

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