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There are 2 intercity buses per day from Bucharest to Sofia. Traveling by bus from Bucharest to Sofia usually takes around 6 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
|Distance||183 mi (295 km)|
|Shortest duration||6h 30m|
|Trips per day||2|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus|
How much is a bus ticket from Bucharest to Sofia?
$13.46 is the average price of a bus ticket from Bucharest to Sofia. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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 January. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $12 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bucharest to Sofia in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $23 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 Bucharest to Sofia?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Bucharest to Sofia that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 2 trips from Bucharest to Sofia, and usually makes the trip in about 6 hours and 42 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, 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. Union Ivkoni usually operates 2 trips per day on the route from Bucharest to Sofia, and the trip usually takes 8 hours and 1 minutes to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Bucharest 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 Bucharest to Sofia?
The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 183 miles from Bucharest to Sofia. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 30 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?
Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Sofia. 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.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Bucharest?
The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Bucharest to Sofia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus trips to Sofia are there per day?
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Considered one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Bucharest boasts a unique look that effortlessly blends elements from the East and the West. To marvel at the city’s unique architecture, head over to the Palace of Parliament, which was built during the communist rule of the country. Blending iconic communist architectural elements with modernist Neoclassicism, the building is a living witness to the country’s controversial era. There are walking tours for interested visitors, and the building also houses Romania’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. For those interested in history or cultural lessons, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, with its impressive collection of pottery, certainly is a good choice. For those who simply wish to enjoy a walk among nature, Carol Park is relatively close to the city center, and it rarely gets crowded.
Like most big European cities, the food scene at Bucharest is vibrant and extremely diverse. For those who enjoy authentically Romanian dishes, Casa Doina is a great choice. If you wish to enjoy something more exotic, Divan could be a great choice.
The main bus station in Bucharest is called Bucuresti Militari Bus Station. It is located on the outskirts of the city and it serves as the local hub for FlixBus. Bucharest’s main railway station is the Gara de Nord, which provides access to other European cities as well. The main airport is the Henri Coandă International Airport, located 10.3 miles north of the city center.
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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.
Where does the bus leave from in Bucharest?
Main departure station: Bucuresti Militari Bus Station
Bucharest's Militari bus station (also styled as Autogara Militari Bucureşti) is a major center of intercity bus services for the city. It currently serves several popular bus service providers such as Union Ivkoni and FlixBus. The station building has a waiting room with public restrooms, and the outdoor bus bays have roofs for passengers preparing to board. Since the station is located in the Militari residential district, there are several services in the nearby Militari commercial complex, including a supermarket and even McDonald's.
All bus stations in Bucharest:
Bucuresti Militari Bus Station
Henri Coanda Airport
Bucharest Militari Bus Station
Where does the bus arrive in Sofia?
Main arrival station: Central Bus Station
All buses from Bucharest arrive at one main station in Sofia.
All bus stations in Sofia:
Central Bus Station
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