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Overview: Coach from London to Sofia

distanceDistance1249 miles (2014 km)
durationAverage coach duration45 h 30 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£95 (€106)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesUnion Ivkoni International, Flixbus or Eurolines France

Coaches from London to Sofia cover the 1249 miles (2014 km) long journey taking on average 45 h 30 min with our travel partners like Union Ivkoni International, Flixbus or Eurolines France. There are direct coach services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this trip for as low as £94, but the average price of coach tickets is £95. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in София, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara).

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Coach from London to Sofia with FlixBus

Find the best coaches from London to Sofia with Omio's travel partners FlixBus from £94. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

FlixBus

FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost coach operators, founded in Germany and offering long-distance coach services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight coaches on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long coach journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

    These are FlixBus 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the coach from London to Sofia:

    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • All bookings can be canceled up to 15 minutes before departure (a fee may apply).
    • Cancellations made 30 days before departure are free of charge.
    • Canceled tickets are refunded as a voucher, which is valid for 12 months, and is the value of the original booking (minus a cancellation fee, if applicable).
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    Buses from London to Sofia

    Enjoy a sightseeing journey from London to Sofia, with a long-distance bus ride between these two great cities. With only one bus per week, taking on average around 40h and 44min, you can sit back, relax and take in the scenery between Britain the Balkans. During the journey you’ll be required to take a ferry across the English Channel on the bus too, giving you time to get some fresh air along the way.

    London to Sofia Bus Time: Daily Departures

    Due to the duration of the journey, the London to Sofia bus only departs on one day of the week. As it takes nearly two days to travel from origin to destination, you will depart London on Sunday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. and arrive into Sofia at around 10:30 a.m. on the following Tuesday.

    How long is the journey by bus from London to Sofia?

    The total journey time from London to Sofia is fairly long by bus with it taking nearly two whole days. You can expect the travel time from London to Sofia to be approximately 40h and 44min, depending on traffic throughout the drive. Due to the journey time being so long, you can enjoy taking in the scenery of Europe along the way.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from London to Sofia?

    Departure bus station:The departure station is London Victoria coach station, which is very conveniently located in the centre of the city. It’s one of the main bus station in London, with many companies such as National Express departing on a regular basis.You can get to London Victoria from Buckingham Palace, for example, in around 10min by foot. At the station you will find lots of amenities too, such as food outlets, shops, ATMs and toilets. The bus station is also accessible to people travelling with disabilities or with mobility problems.

    Arrival bus station:The arrival station is Serdika bus station, which is the central station in Sofia. You can get to Cathedral Saint Aleksandar in around eight minutes by taxi, so it is very well located. Within the bus station you will find ticket offices, banks and a medical centre. In addition there are many food and drink outlets. The station is also accessible for those travelling with a disability, so you should be able to move around the station with ease.

    Bus Sofia. Source: Shutterstock

    Which bus companies travel from London to Sofia

    The only bus company that you can travel from London to Sofia with is Balkan Horn, which completes the distance in just under two days. It is a long-haul bus journey that takes you through several other European countries. Whilst it is direct, you will be required to get off the bus during the ferry crossing of the English Channel. As the journey is between Sunday and Tuesday, you will be expected to spend two nights sleeping on the bus during the trip.

    Balkan Horn buses from London to Sofia

    Balkan Horn London to Sofia departs London once each week to drive to Sofia in Bulgaria. Leaving at around 8:00 p.m. every Sunday, it takes just under two days to arrive into Sofia at about 10:30 a.m. on the following Tuesday. In total the journey time is approximately 40h and 44min so it is a long-distance bus. The bus is direct, although you will need to get off of it during the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais.

    Bus London to Sofia: Services on Board

    The Balkan Horn buses are very comfortable, so you can relax for the duration of your trip. All seating is the same, with there being no first class option. All the buses are fitted with air conditioning for your comfort so you do not get too hot or cold. There are also reclining seats, so you can get a good rest when it comes to night time. There are also seat belts on every seat, which you should wear throughout the journey. DVD, video and audio systems on the bus also offer entertainment for your long-distance journey. There is a toilet on board too, which can be helpful to journeys of this length. There is also a tea and coffee service too. Bikes cannot be taken on board the buses, although you can put a folding bike in the hold should you wish. You can take luggage on board that weighs a maximum of 32kg. This must also not exceed the dimensions of 25cm x 60cm x 80cm.

    In addition to this you will be entitled to one piece of hand luggage. Should you need more room for luggage there is an additional charge you can pay. Pets are not allowed on the buses due to the length of the journey. Whilst the buses may be suitable for those travelling with disabilities, it is suggested that you call up in advance to find out if this journey is the best option for you, as you may find faster and more convenient alternatives by a different mode of transport.

    How to find cheap bus tickets from London to Sofia?

    It’s easy to find cheap tickets for the bus from London to Sofia, with just a few simple tricks and tips. One of the best ways to ensure you get the cheapest price for your journey from London Victoria to Serdika bus station is to look for your journey as far in advance as possible. Bus journeys are normally available to book several months before they depart, so the earlier you find your ticket the cheaper it is likely to be. There may also be a promotion on, offering early bird prices to the first few customers. Another way to get a great price for you bus from London to Sofia is to have flexibility around travel. For instance, if you do not have to depart on a specific week, you might find that the bus a week either side of your desired departure date is cheaper.

    Bus Theater Sofia. Source: Shutterstock

    To Sofia by bus—travel tips

    Sofia is a great city to visit, with so much to offer tourists. If you want to make the most out of your trip, it’s a good idea to have an itinerary in place for your arrival. A great place to start your trip is by visiting Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral, which was the first ever fully constructed temple in the Balkans. Then head up Vitosha Mountain, which is great for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but also provides superb views over the city in the summer. Saint Nikolas Russian Church is another religious site worth visiting, which is more than 100 years old. Staying with religious architecture, you can head over to Boyana Church, which is a world heritage site, and Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, where thousands of people go to worship.

    Boyana waterfall is also a must see. Located just outside Sofia, it’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The National Museum of Military History is a great place to go to if you want to take a step back in time, with exhibitions that take visitors through the history of the country to modern times. After grabbing some local food, why not treat yourself to some evening entertainment at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, which showcases some of the world’s best talents. Finish off your trip at the National Institute of Archaeology Museum, which has a colour show of ancient Rome as one of the highlights.

    Taking the Bus from London

    Buses from London to Sofia usually depart from London Victoria Station. The station is open 24 hours, and is centrally located within the city. It is easily accessible by taxi, underground, rail and buses. Bus numbers 22, 239, 211 and C1 stop at the station. In addition, the N11 night bus service stops here. The coach station is within 300 metres from Victoria rail and underground station, which is served by the District, Circle and Victoria tube lines. For those arriving at Victoria Coach Station via taxi, there are designated ranks conveniently located just outside the station at Eccleston Place.

    Getting into Sofia by Bus

    Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is a vibrant city with a breathtaking backdrop of Vitosha Mountain. The city is home to modern shopping centres, a vibrant nightlife, and a wide variety of attractions, such as Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Earth and Man National Museum, and St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Buses from London to Sofia usually arrive at Serdika Coach Station (also known as Traffic Market) in Sofia. This bus station is centrally located within the city. A short walking distance away is Sofia Central Railway Station, which is served by Metro line 2. Taxis are conveniently available directly outside the front entrance of the station. Local buses, including night services, also provide services to Serdika Coach Station.

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    FAQs
    Is travel by coach currently allowed from London, United Kingdom to Sofia, Bulgaria?

    Travel by coach between London, United Kingdom and Sofia, Bulgaria is: Restricted.

    Is international entry into Sofia from London restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Bulgaria from London?

    Entry Requirements:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
    • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival

    What are the safety rules to follow in Sofia, Bulgaria?

    The government of Bulgaria has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask required: Mandatory

    The above information was last checked on 29/11/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your coach to Sofia from London closer to your date of departure here.

    Are there restrictions on returning to United Kingdom from Bulgaria by coach?

    The restriction level for your return coach to London, United Kingdom from Sofia is: Partially open.

    Is my return coach into London from Sofia restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Sofia?

    Conditions of reentry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
    • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
    • 10-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
    • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 2 for vaccinated travellers
    • 2-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals with a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

    What are the safety rules to follow in London, United Kingdom?

    The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
    • Face mask required: Regional advice

    Last checked on 05/12/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your coach to London from Sofia closer to your date of departure here.

    How much do cheap coach tickets to Sofia from London cost?
    Omio customers have found cheap coach tickets between London and Sofia for as low as £94  for the next 7 days.
    What is the average price of coach tickets between London and Sofia?
    If you are looking to purchase your coach ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the London to Sofia coach to cost on average £95  one way.
    How far is it from London to Sofia by coach?
    You should expect to travel around 1249 miles (2014 km)  to Sofia from London by coach.
    What is the average London to Sofia coach duration?
    While the time it takes to travel 1249 miles (2014 km) between London and Sofia can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the coach duration from London to Sofia is on average 45 h 30 min.
    What station does the London to Sofia coach leave from? Which Sofia coach station do I come into from London?

    Omio customers travelling this route book their coaches from London Victoria   to София, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara).

    Where is the London coach station located? Where is the Sofia coach station located?

    Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their coaches from London Victoria and need to travel around 1.2 miles (2 km) from the city centre to get to this coach station.

    Passengers arriving in Sofia most often arrive at София, Централна Aвтогара (Sofia, Centralna Avtogara) and need to travel around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from this coach station to the city centre.

    What coach companies offer a service from London to Sofia?
    When taking a coach from London to Sofia, you can count on Union Ivkoni International, Flixbus or Eurolines France for the best way to get you to Sofia. You can also check all possible coach companies who offer a service to Sofia from London and compare the amenities they offer before buying a coach ticket.
    How far in advance should I buy a coach ticket from London to Sofia to get the best deals?
    If you buy a coach ticket to Sofia from London within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £95 one way. However, we recommend booking your coach in advance to get access to the best prices. Coach tickets between London and Sofia are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.