Skopje to Sofia by train

Travel from Skopje (Macedonia) to Sofia (Bulgaria) by train (173km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Skopje in Macedonia to Sofia in Bulgaria, please read the following information and blog posts.

Your travel route could be like that.

173 km

Your train tickets and reservations at the best price/fares. Scroll down, read the details and make use of the booking links.

How to use the following information: we show you the best routes and where to buy tickets. On longer routes you may need more than one ticket. Book your tickets step by step as explained. If you have questions about the route from Skopje to Sofia, please ask in our forum. Of course, sometimes there are as well other travel routes possible.

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connections : popular connections travelled by other users

Sofia - Skopje / Skopje - Burgas / Skopje - Plovdiv / Skopje - Varna / Skopje - Ruse / Ohrid - Sofia / Ohrid - Burgas / Ohrid - Pleven / Ohrid - Varna / Ohrid - Ruse

1 Skopje (Macedonia) - Sofia (Bulgaria)

1a Travelling from Skopje (Macedonia) to Sofia (Bulgaria)

There is no direct railway line between Macedonia and Bulgaria. If you want to travel between the two countries by train, you will have to travel either via Serbia or Greece to do so.

If you travel via Serbia, travel from Skopje to Nis, then from Nis to Sofia. If you want to travel via Greece, you have to travel from Skopje to Thessaloniki then from Thessaloniki to Sofia.

However as both options require many hours of travelling you might instead choose to go by bus. Buses are available from Skopje directly to Sofia and are much quicker than the available options by train. Buy your ticket locally at the bus station.

Where to buy a ticket from Skopje to Sofia?

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.

The following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Brzi (B)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
B 334 Thessaloniki - Belgrade / B335 Belgrade - Thessaloniki

train company:
MŽ Македонски Железници

connections: popular connections travelled by other users
Sofia - Skopje / Ohrid - Sofia / Skopje - Plovdiv

search for train times here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections. Deutsche Bahn

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