From Sofia to Istanbul

Istanbul - one of the largest cities in Europe and the world



Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe and the world.

Тhe distance between Sofia and Istanbul is 551 km. Your traveling options by bus, train or plain:

Bus from Central Bus Station Serdika

Sofia 09:00 am – Istanbul Esenler 18:00 pm Price 25,70 euro or 50 leva.
Sofia 12:00 pm – Istanbul Esenler 21:15 pm Price 25,70 euro or 50 leva.
Sofia 17:00 pm – Istanbul Esenler 02:00 am Price 25,70 euro or 50 leva.
Sofia 20:30 pm – Istanbul Esenler 05:30 am Price 25,70 euro or 50 leva.
Sofia 23:00 pm – Istanbul Esenler 08:00 am Price 25,70 euro or 50 leva.


Sofia 21:00 pm-  Istanbul Halkali Gari 06:49 am /with: BDZ/  
Istanbul Halkali Gari 22:40 pm-  Sofia 08:50 am /with: BDZ/ 


Sofia 10:00 am- Istanbul 11:25 am /with: Turkish Airlines/ 
Sofia 21:40 pm- Istanbul  23:05 pm /with: Turkish Airlines/ 

What to see?

  • The Blue Mosque  -  the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or the Blue Mosque is made up of five main domes and six slender minarets and the interior has been decorated with over 20,000 handmade tiles which are coloured blue.

  • Hagia Sophia is among the world’s greatest architectural achievements. After years of restoration works, the Hagia Sophia is finally enabling you to absorb its splendor as it was meant to be.

  • Topkapi Palace - This complex of kiosks and pavilions contained by four lush green courtyards is where generations of sultans had their principal residence for almost half a century. Top attractions at Topkapi Palace are the Harem, an adorned ‘’cage’’ of the sultan’s women, the treasury storing the crown jewels, and the weapon’s room boosting the Ottoman’s fine craftsmanship even when it came to making swords and bows.

  • Bosphorus Cruise provides a nice overview of the city, both the European and Asian shores of the famous waterway have a lot to offer – century old palaces and mansions galore.

  • Archaeology Museum displaying one of the world’s richest collections of classical antiquities. You can reach the Archaeology Museum by going left down the hill in Topkapi Palace’s first courtyard, or via Gülhane Park.

  • Grand Bazaar - Over 500 years old, but still one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. Its 60 streets contain no less than 5000 shops, 60 restaurants, 18 fountains, 12 mosques, and even a school.

  • Dolmabahçe Palace - The palace is huge — 600 meters in length — containing no less than 285 rooms and 43 salons. It was built in 1856 by Sultan Abdüi Mecit, basically to prove that the declining Ottoman Empire was doing just fine, whereas the construction resulted in exactly the opposite.

  • Galata Tower is one of the best spots in town to get a 360 panoramic view of Istanbul. On a bright day you can even spot the Princes’ Islands from this 60 meter high tower.

  • Getting Scrubbed in a Hamam - There is nothing better to rejuvenate your body than getting scrubbed in a hamam.



 grand bazaar






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