Travelling to Sofia by plane
Sofia Airport (Летище София) is 9 km east of the city center. Over 20 airlines operate service to/from Sofia, with direct flights to/from many European and Middle Eastern cities:
- Aegean Airlines (Athens),
- Aeroflot (Moscow-Sheremetyevo),
- Air Berlin (Berlin-Tegel),
- Air France (Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle),
- Air Serbia (Belgrade), Alitalia (Rome-Fiumicino),
- Austrian Airlines (Vienna),
- British Airways (London-Heathrow),
- Dniproavia (Kiev-Boryspil),
- El Al (Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion),
- flydubai (Dubai-International),
- Jet2.com (Seasonal: Manchester),
- LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw-Chopin),
- Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich),
- Qatar Airways (Doha),
- Swiss International Air Lines (Zürich),
- TAROM (Bucharest),
- Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk),
- Vueling (Seasonal: Barcelona).
- Bulgaria Air, the national carrier, operates service to/from Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Burgas, Frankfurt, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Varna, Vienna, Zürich, Barcelona, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seasonal: Beirut, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Alicante, Lisbon.
Along with traditional carriers, some low-cost companies traveling to Bulgaria are:
- EasyJet (to/from London-Gatwick, London-Stansted and Manchester),
- Ryanair (to/from Athens, Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Birmingham, Castellon, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm–Skavsta, Treviso),
- Transavia (to/from Amsterdam),
- Wizz Air (to/from Alicante, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Budapest, Charleroi, Catania, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Eindhoven, Geneva, Hahn, Kutaisi, Larnaca, London-Luton, Madrid, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen, Naples, Nuremberg, Rome-Fiumicino, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Valencia, Varna.
Budget airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair, Transavia and Wizz Air operate from Terminal 1, while the traditional carriers including Bulgaria Air operate from Terminal 2.
There are shops, cafes, post offices, ATMs, and money exchange offices at the airport. For more details, see the airport website.
There is a free shuttle bus operating between the terminals every 30 minutes between 7:00AM and 7:00PM. Outside of those hours, a free shuttle bus can be requested at the information desk or you can use Bus #84 (see below).
To travel between the airport and the city centre
Sofia Metro Line 1 (Red) operates service to the airport between 5:30 and 24:00. The stop is located in the eastern part of Terminal 2. The journey to the city centre and the congress venue (Hotel Sofia Balkan) takes 20-30 minutes. “Serdika” metro station is 2 minutes walking from the venue.
The journey to the central bus station takes approximately 30 minutes and a transfer is required. A single ticket costs 1.60 lev. You do not need new ticket when making the transfer from one metro line to another.
Public Bus #84 operates service between both terminals and the city centre. The journey takes 30-40 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from news stands or ticket machines in the airport. A single ticket costs 1.60 lev. If you are traveling with luggage bigger than 60х40х40, you will need to punch an additional ticket for each item or possibly pay a fine of 40 lev. Make sure to have a ticket with you and validate it after boarding because this bus is the one that inspectors love to check the most (because of the highest rate of fines). The bus makes a stop at Orlov Most (Sofia University metro station), where you can transfer to the metro.
Public Bus #384 operates services between Terminal 2 and the nearby neighbourhood Druzhjba. The line operates only in the rush hours and makes a connection to the Metroline. It does not go to the city center.
Taxi service from the airport is regulated. OK Supertrans AD is the contracted taxi operator from the airport. It is best to request a taxi either from the taxi stand or the taxi office. Beware of touts offering taxi service as well as fake taxis with the fake “OK” logo! A taxi to the city center will cost approximately 15 lev. The regulated taxi fare is: initial fee of 0.70 lev, price per km 0.79 lev in the day or 0.90 lev at night, price per minute of stay of 0.22 lev, price for ordering a taxi via phone of 0.50 lev.
Since July 2015 there are coloured paths (Terminal 2) to the different types of transport. An yellow one will lead you to the taxi stand, a blue one will guide you to the metro station and a red one is for the bus station.
Travelling to Sofia by bus
Sofia Central Bus Station
Central bus station
Sofia Central Bus Station (Centralna Avtogara/Централна автогара) is in the northern part of the city centre and is within walking distance to the central attractions. Schedules and fares are available in Bulgarian online.
Eurolines Bulgaria is the largest operator of international buses to/from Bulgaria. Buses operate to/from Belgrade (5 hours, €23) and other cities in Serbia, Vienna (15.5 hours, €59) and other cities in Austria, Paris (36 hours, €120) and other cities in France, Berlin (28 hours, €110) and other cities in Germany, Budapest (11-13 hours, €48), and Prague (21 hours, €63).