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Thessaloniki - Sofia Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Thessaloniki to Sofia. Traveling by bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia usually takes around 5 hours and 50 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$15.74
Trips per day21
Most frequent serviceUnion Ivkoni
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Thessaloniki to Sofia?

$28.37 is the average price of a bus ticket from Thessaloniki to Sofia. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in August. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $19 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $28 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia?

There are 3 bus lines from Thessaloniki to Sofia available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 19 daily trips, Union Ivkoni 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 Tur11d 5h 0m$24.07
Citylines35h 14m$21.36
Union Ivkoni195h 54m$29.83
  • Arda Tur

    Arda Tur

    Book Arda Tur from Thessaloniki to Sofia from $24. Typically there is one Arda Tur schedule per day from Thessaloniki to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay for a Arda Tur ticket to Sofia. In Thessaloniki, Arda Tur departs to Sofia from Monastiriou Bus Stop . In Sofia, Arda Tur arrives at Serdica Bus Station .

    An average trip on Arda Tur from Thessaloniki to Sofia takes 29 hours and 0 minutes , while the fastest available Arda Tur trip will get you to Sofia in 4 hours and 25 minutes .

    On weekends, Arda Tur offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Sofia.

  • Citylines


    Book Citylines from Thessaloniki to Sofia from $21. There are 3 trips per day offered by Citylines from Thessaloniki to Sofia and you can expect on average to pay for a Citylines ticket to Sofia. In Thessaloniki, Citylines departs to Sofia from Monastiriou 28 and one other station. In Sofia, Citylines arrives at Serdica Bus Station and one other station.

    An average trip on Citylines from Thessaloniki to Sofia takes 5 hours and 14 minutes , while the fastest available Citylines trip will get you to Sofia in 4 hours and 25 minutes .

    On weekends, Citylines offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Sofia.

  • 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 19 trips per day on the route from Thessaloniki to Sofia, and the trip usually takes 5 hours and 54 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia 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 Thessaloniki to Sofia?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 144 miles from Thessaloniki to Sofia. 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 Sofia 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, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Thessaloniki?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Thessaloniki to Sofia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Sofia each day?

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Thessaloniki to Sofia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 21 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

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 Thessaloniki?

Main departure station: Monastiriou Bus Stop

Buses to Sofia leave from 4 stations in Thessaloniki.

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Monastiriou Bus Stop

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Monastiriou 28

  • Macedonia Intercity Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Sofia?

Main arrival station: Central Bus Station

Buses arrive in Sofia at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

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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