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Sofia to Istanbul Bus

Sofia to Istanbul Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Citylines 22:30 22:30 9 hrs 30 mins VIEW PRICE
Huntur 22:30 22:30 8 hrs 30 mins VIEW PRICE

Sofia to Istanbul Bus Service

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Bus arrives in
Daily Bus Services
Cheapest Bus Tickets
8 hrs 30 mins
EUR 26

Sofia to Istanbul Bus Distance

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Sofia to Istanbul Bus

Sofia to Istanbul is one of the major cross-border bus routes from Bulgaria to Turkey. A lot of tourists/commuters prefer to travel by bus from Sofia to Istanbul. The road distance from Sofia to Istanbul is 548 kilometres, and it takes approximately 8 hours to cover this route by bus. Due to affordability and accessibility, passengers prefer to travel by Sofia to Istanbul bus. Istanbul is also a popular tourist city in Turkey, and a lot of people travel to Turkey from Bulgaria. On days when Sofia to Istanbul buses operate at full capacity, there are around 10 buses daily on this route.

You can book Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets online on redBus at affordable rates. redBus is trusted by many passengers worldwide due to their on-time and trusted bus services. redBus is connected with some of the biggest cross-border bus operators to provide the best bus services from Sofia to Istanbul. The average Sofia to Istanbul bus fare on redBus is around USD 32. The number of buses available from Sofia to Istanbul can change on different days, and one can check it on redBus. Read on to know more about Sofia to Istanbul bus services on redBus.

How to book Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets?

The steps involved in booking Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets on redBus are as follows:

• On the first web page, enter ‘Sofia’ and ‘Istanbul’ in the ‘From’ and ‘To’ sections. After entering the source and destination city, select your date of journey and hit the ‘Search Buses’ button on the interface.

• All the available Sofia to Istanbul buses will be displayed by redBus. Select any Sofia to Istanbul bus, and its seat layout will be displayed to you.

• Select a seat in your chosen Sofia to Istanbul bus and then feed the boarding/dropping point. After entering route points, hit the ‘Proceed to Book’ button on the redBus interface.

• Enter passenger details on the next webpage that included passenger name, age, email ID, cell number, etc. Once all the details are filled in, hit the ‘Proceed to Pay’ button.

• Complete the online payment to confirm your Sofia to Istanbul bus booking. redBus will send you the Sofia to Istanbul bus e-ticket/M-ticket shortly via mail after the online payment.

Popular bus operators on Sofia to Istanbul bus route

redBus is connected with some experienced international bus operators to provide robust bus services from Sofia to Istanbul. The presence of various Sofia to Istanbul bus operators provides flexibility to the commuters. You can filter Sofia to Istanbul buses from any specific operator on redBus while bus booking by applying a search filter. redBus also allows you to view the ratings and reviews of various Sofia to Istanbul bus operators. Referring to the operator ratings on redBus will help you in choosing the best Sofia to Istanbul bus services. The top operators on redBus that provide bus services from Sofia to Istanbul are as follows:

• Huntur

• Citylines

Boarding points in Sofia

Sofia has many bus stations/stops that helps the operators to provide on-time bus services to passengers. On the redBus platform, you can apply a search filter to view buses from any specific boarding point in Sofia. You can choose a boarding point in Sofia that is close to your home or accommodation facility. The bus fare and travel duration can change slightly due to change in boarding points and can be cross-checked on redBus during bus booking. The top boarding points in Sofia for buses to Istanbul are as follows:

• Sofia Central Bus Station

• Sofia Serdica Bus Station

Drop-off points in Istanbul

If there multiple dropping points in the destination location, then redBus allows you to filter buses to any specific point. Istanbul has a well-connected road network along with many bus stations/stops. The travel duration of a Sofia to Istanbul bus can change due to a change in dropping point, and one can view it in advance on redBus during bus booking. Besides dropping point, a Sofia to Istanbul bus can also stop in between the route. You can get to know about the rest-stops of any Sofia to Istanbul bus on redBus. redBus also offers Sofia to Istanbul buses with no stop-points in between the route. The most popular dropping point in Istanbul for buses coming from Sofia is:

• Istanbul Buyuk Otogari

Sofia to Istanbul bus price

The Sofia to Istanbul bus price on redBus can range from USD 31.72 to USD 32.99. redBus does not believe in applying any middleman charges on Sofia to Istanbul bus ticket price. redBus helps its users in comparing the Sofia to Istanbul price of various buses and choosing accordingly.

You can sort Sofia to Istanbul buses based on their fare on redBus, i.e., low to high fare and vice versa. One can also use a coupon code (if available) on redBus for lowering the cost of Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets. The Sofia to Istanbul fare depends on the operator, bus type, and ticket type.

Sofia to Istanbul bus timings

Currently, there are two buses every day from Sofia to Istanbul on redBus at 10:30 PM. The Sofia to Istanbul bus timings can change on different dates, and the real-time timings can be checked on redBus. The travel duration of Sofia to Istanbul buses is around 8 hours and 30 minutes. You can check the Sofia to Istanbul bus timings on redBus without any extra charge. redBus doesn’t ask users to sign in to its portal just to view the Sofia to Istanbul bus timings.


How can I book a bus ticket online from one route to another??

A: You can simply log on to, choose any specific country you would like to book a bus in, and select the source and destination. After choosing the route and the date, you will find a number of options for buses available. redBus site is user-friendly and booking a bus ticket is just a matter of a few minutes.

Do I need to print my ticket for this bus route?

A: This depends upon the bus operator and the country you are travelling in. You can check this information while booking a bus ticket for a particular bus operator. However, most of the bus operators allow M-ticket or E-ticket sent to your registered email address, you may require to print the ticket if any bus operator specifically asks for the same.

Where can I find the location of my bus stop?

A: As you get the listing of buses available on a selected route, you can click on the 'Boarding & Dropping Point' tab to check the exact location of your pickup and drop-off points. redBus also offers ‘Track my bus’ facility in a few countries to check the live location of the bus.

How early should I arrive for the trip?

A: Passengers are required to reach the boarding place at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the bus.

Can I reschedule my bus ticket on this route?

A: Yes, you can. However, this option is available with some selected bus operators on You just have to enter your bus ticket number and email address, verify your ticket details, and choose a reschedule date.

At what time do buses start from Sofia to Istanbul?

A: Buses from Sofia to Istanbul generally start early in the morning and continue until late evening. However, the bus timings may vary depending on the bus operators and season. This is where redBus helps you out. You need not contact several bus operators to get updated about the bus schedules. You will find all the updated information on redBus website while booking a bus ticket online.

Are there any discounts available on the route from Sofia to Istanbul?

A: Sofia to Istanbul is one of the popular routes and it’s quite likely that you may get exciting discounts on booking bus tickets through redBus on this route. It would be better if you plan your journey in advance and book your tickets so that you can get the best price and best seat for your trip.

How will I pay for booking Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets on redBus?

A: You will have to pay online for booking Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets on redBus. redBus accepts payment from various modes like credit cards, debit cards, redBus e-wallet, etc. The online payment system of redBus is highly secured via the SSL encryption technique. redBus also has a strong privacy policy that ensures the protection of your personal details. Don’t forget to check for a coupon code (if available) while paying for Sofia to Istanbul bus tickets on redBus.

What is the best way to get to Istanbul from Sofia?

A: Sofia to Istanbul by bus is the best way to cover this cross-border route. The presence of various operators and buses on this route makes the journey flexible for tourists/commuters. Flight tickets and other transportation means are much higher than bus ticket prices from Sofia to Istanbul. You can choose redBus to book the top-rated Sofia to Istanbul bus services. The robust road network between Sofia and Istanbul is also one of the major reasons for travellers opting for buses.

Can I book a bus on redBus that covers Sofia to Istanbul distance without stopping anywhere in between?

A: Yes, redBus provides Sofia to Istanbul buses without any stopping points in between the journey. The travel duration of direct buses from Sofia to Istanbul is also less as compared to buses with multiple rest-stops. redBus will display the number of rest-stops and expected travel duration of Sofia to Istanbul buses in advance during bus booking. Direct Sofia to Istanbul buses will only stop if some emergency occurs during the trip, like extreme weather conditions.

Are there enough tourist attractions in Istanbul?

A: Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey that has a perfect blend of historic and man-made tourist spots. You can book a bus from Sofia to Istanbul and can get off near any tourist attraction. There are abundant local bus services in Istanbul that can help you in touring the city. Istanbul is also visited by many foreigners annually and is one of the most toured cities in the world. Some of the top tourist attractions in Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Strait, Gulhane Park, and Istanbul Archaeology Museums.

Do Sofia to Istanbul buses offer basic amenities onboard?

A: Yes, ‘Sofia to Istanbul’ buses are equipped with various amenities to facilitate the passengers. You can view the amenities offered by any particular Sofia to Istanbul bus on redBus while booking bus tickets online. Sofia to Istanbul buses on redBus are spacious with clean interiors. You can book spacious Sofia to Istanbul buses via redBus that provide ample legroom to passengers to not feel cramped. The amenities offered by Sofia to Istanbul buses are air conditioning, charging port, reading light, luggage storage compartment, emergency exit, adjustable seats, etc.



  • Sofia Central Bus Station
  • Sofia Serdica Bus Station


  • Istanbul Büyük Otogari


Visit the redBus app or website to view the rest stops that are available on the way while traveling by bus from Sofia to Istanbul. There are several offers and cashback options that a customer can avail on the redBus app and website.

Travel Safety during Covid-19

Covid-19 Updates on Sofia to Istanbul Bus Route

Travel Safe from Sofia to Istanbul during Covid-19 Pandemic
  • While traveling from Sofia to Istanbul during Covid-19 Pandemic, passengers have to follow certain guidelines as per the orders of the Government and local authorities. One can find the key highlights of the restrictions to follow from Sofia to Istanbul route on this page.
Covid-19 Test and Quarantine Rules
  • If you are wondering if you need to take a Covid-19 test while travelling from Sofia to Istanbul during Covid-19 Pandemic or looking for quarantine rules, this page will give you updated information on the same, so that you can keep the documents handy while travelling.
List of Useful Resources
  • Passengers need to visit the official website of the Government and take a note of Covid-19 PCR test validity for traveling on this bus route.

General Covid-19 Guidelines to follow while in Istanbul

Mandatory Mask
Minimum 1 meter of physical distance
Sanitizing hands
Temperature checks at public places

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