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Istanbul - Plovdiv Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Istanbul to Plovdiv. Traveling by bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv usually takes around 7 hours and 36 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance232 mi (374 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price$27.00
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceCitylines
Bus lines3

What bus companies travel from Istanbul to Plovdiv?

There are 3 bus lines from Istanbul to Plovdiv available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Citylines 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 Tur46h 42m$32.27
Citylines68h 20m$37.05
Huntur Turizm16h 25m$27.11
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Huntur Turizm is a prominent Turkish bus company based in Istanbul, specializing in passenger transportation since 1969. It has established itself as one of the leading companies in the country, offering bus journeys to notable destinations such as Razgrad, Rousse, Kubrat, and Haskova. On-board amenities include movie screenings, Wi-Fi connectivity, and beverage services.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes to cover the 232 miles from Istanbul to Plovdiv. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Istanbul to Plovdiv, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Istanbul 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 Istanbul to Plovdiv without transferring.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Istanbul?

Main departure station: Istanbul Esenler Otogari

Istanbul has two bus stations with service to Plovdiv.

All bus stations in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Esenler Otogari

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

Where does the bus arrive in Plovdiv?

Main arrival station: Bus Station South

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Plovdiv.

All bus stations in Plovdiv:

  • Bus Station South

  • Bul. Hristo Botev 47

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