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Sofia to Istanbul drive

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Sofia to Istanbul road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sofia to Istanbul. If you're planning a road trip to Istanbul, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Sofia
drive for about 49 minutes

11:49 am  Borovets
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:08 pm  Plovdiv
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:09 pm  Haskovo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Haskovo
drive for about 1 hour

11:13 am  Edirne
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:13 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:51 pm  Cerkezkoy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:51 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:06 pm  arrive in Istanbul
stay at Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Sofia, Bulgaria.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?


Plovdiv  (3 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Istanbul, Turkey.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in Istanbul?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Istanbul.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Chora Church  (5 mentions)
Hippodrome Hotel  (3 mentions)
Yasmak Sultan Hotel  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Istanbul? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Istanbul?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Çiya Sofrası, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Ulus 29  (4 mentions)
Asitane  (3 mentions)
Sunset Grill & Bar  (3 mentions)
Mangerie  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Istanbul? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Istanbul?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Hagia Sophia  (51 mentions)
Blue Mosque  (43 mentions)
Grand Bazaar  (39 mentions)
Topkapi Palace  (22 mentions)
Galata Tower  (21 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Istanbul. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Christopher from Reichartshausen asked:
Good, boutique like hotels in Istanbul?  (10 answers)

profile  Danielle from Indianapolis asked:
Must do in Istanbul with 24 Hours?  (9 answers)

profile  Pavel from Los Angeles, California asked:
Best places to go out in Istanbul?  (6 answers)

profile  Rutger from asked:
Family-friendly hotels in Istanbul?  (5 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Istanbul.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Istanbul to Sofia drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sofia to Istanbul. Or get a full Sofia to Istanbul flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Sofia well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sofia!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 342 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 42 minutes
7 Sofia travel answers
3 Plovdiv travel answers
222 Istanbul travel answers


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