This page explains how to travel by train from Sofia to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

I want to travel by train from Sofia to...

      Istanbul   Belgrade   Bucharest   Zagreb
  Ljubljana   Budapest   Athens   Thessaloniki
  Paris   London        

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a 35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Sofia to Istanbul for 29...
A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Sofia to Istanbul train   The Turkish couchette car on the Sofia to Istanbul train

Sofia to Belgrade for 34...
The Serbian couchette car on the Belgrade to Sofia train   A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Sofia train

Sofia to Bucharest...

Sofia to Budapest & Vienna...

Option 1, via Belgrade...

Option 1, new direct Budapest-Sofia train: 

The Serdica:  Hungarian sleeper in foreground.   Hungarian sleeper on the Budapest to Sofia train

The Serdica, Hungarian sleeping-car in the foreground, Bulgarian couchette car behind it.

 

A single-berth sleeper on the Budapest-Sofia Serdica.  Photos courtesy of Dr Malte Fuhrmann.


Sofia to Athens, Thessaloniki & Greece...

Sofia to Zagreb, Munich, Paris, London...

Find hotels in Sofia & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


 


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