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Sofia, the historic capital of Bulgaria, the closest neighbor of Türkiye in Europe is a joyful town as a favorite destination of people from all over the world. The capital is significant in history as it had been ruled by two great emperors like Byzantine and Ottoman in its history of 1300 years. As a splendid city by its magnificent architectural artifacts, cultural prosperity bearing the traces of a large number of civilizations and its natural gems, Sofia is in demand all year round.

Book your flight with Turkish Airlines now to enjoy a pleasant and privileged journey of high quality from Sofia, the Bulgarian capital with high historic and cultural value, to Istanbul, an extremely popular Turkish metropolis.

Turkish Airlines offers two or three direct flights on a daily basis from Sofia to Istanbul. Flights take off from Sofia Airport (SOF) and land at Istanbul Airport (IST) within nearly an hour and twenty minutes. The number of flights remains quite the same throughout the year; however there may be differences on the hours of departure.

Take a look at the flights from Sofia offered by Turkish Airlines now to see all destinations you can reach from Sofia with a connecting flight over Istanbul.

From: Sofia

Turkish Airlines Sofia Flights

The largest and the most developed city in Bulgaria, the capital Sofia is an utterly joyful city by its verdant nature and the glory of Vitosha Mountain on its outskirts. Sofia owns a cultural prosperity to feel the impact of numerous civilizations by its location in the heart of Balkans and its history of thousands of years.

Alezander Nevski Cathedral in the city draws the attention of all tourists as the most remarkable icons countrywide. Moreover, the Museum of History, where the historic Turkish Baths are restored for a concept of museum, provides an insight into the country’s background. The rocky area called Stone River situated in Vitosha Mountain is another popular attention-grabbing destination in the city. St. Georgi Church, which is the oldest building in Sofia and partially survived shines out as one of the most visited icons in this beautiful capital.

The sole airport serving in the city, Sofia Airport (SOF) is 9 kilometers from the center.

Transportation to Sofia Airport (SOF)

It is possible to use the subway, buses or cabs to reach the airport from the city center. The red subway line 1 serves from 05.30 to 00.00, operating from the city center to terminal 2 of the airport within nearly 20 minutes. Free shuttles operating between the terminals, on the other hand, serve from 07.00 to 19.00 in every thirty minutes. You may also use the bus numbered 84 to transport between the terminals, out of these working hours.

Passengers planning to get on the buses may take the bus 84 from the city center to reach the airport. It is possible to get to the airport within 40 minutes via these buses departing from Sofia University subway station, also known as Orlov Most station. In addition to all these, you may reach the airport via the cabs serving 7/24 all around the city.

Destination: Istanbul

Antalya Istanbul Flight Ticket

Situated in the northwestern Türkiye between Asia and Europe, Istanbul is the largest metropolis countrywide. The city receives immigration from all over the world thanks to its natural beauties, historical richness and touristic value, as well as its success in finance, commerce and technology. It is therefore possible to encounter people from every nation in the streets of this cosmopolitan city, which are vigorous for 24 hours.

Guests of this enchanting city truly lose the track of time during their visits with the mesmerizing atmosphere. Ranking among the top touristic destinations worldwide, Istanbul’s most crowd-pulling spot is probably the amazing Historical Peninsula. In addition to all the splendid artifacts in the Peninsula, Istanbul hosts a wide range of stunning spots and attractions and numerous captivating collections within, including but not limited to Çırağan Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Ihlamur Palace. The turquoise Bosporus flowing through the city and the city walls on both sides, the Seven Tower Dungeons accompanying the mystery of the past, together with Galata Tower as the icon of Beyoğlu district are only few of the attractions this enchanting city harbors…

There are two international airports serving in Istanbul: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Passengers with a flight ticket to Istanbul from Sofia with Turkish Airlines land at Istanbul Airport (IST).

Transportation from Istanbul Airport (IST) to the city center

Here you can find all information and answers to your transportation questions on the new flight destination, Istanbul Airport (IST).

Firstly, you can reach Istanbul Airport (IST) which is located on the D20 road and connects to both TEM and E5 by private vehicle. If you want to rent a car, you can find car rental companies at the airport, just choose a car and travel with ease from the airport to the city center. Another option is the 24/7 taxi service outside the domestic and international terminals. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center by taxi and costs around 100-110 TL. When it comes to public transport, you can use Havaist, which sets off from 60 different spots or benefit from IETT bus services.

For more detailed information check our transport information page.

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