SOFIAThe most beautiful capital of the Balkans.
A modern-looking city, the greatest cultural center in all of Bulgaria, which can count on the presence of the University and the Academy of Sciences, and the very first industrial center of the country. Sofia will be able to conquer you thanks to her youthful and modern appearance; thanks to the friendliness of its citizens; thanks to its pleasant climate. But above all, thanks to its millennial history, which reflects in its architecture the different historical moments.
Sofia is also a city to live and see, with its historic center collected, its picturesque alleys, the splendid Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and a list of respectable tourist attractions.
HOW TO GET
Sofia International Airport is Bulgaria's main airport, just 6 Km from the city center. Today, it is the airport with the most passenger traffic in the entire country (up to 2,6 million per year). Deeply renewed in 2006, thanks to funds from the European Community that allowed the opening of the 2 Terminal, giving it its current appearance.
The airport has two Terminals. The first one mainly serves the Low Cost companies. The traditional companies are hosted in the 2 Terminal. Through our special page, from this link, all companies and direct connections to Sofia Airport.
METER: The 1 Metro line connects the airport with the center of Sofia in 18 minutes and residential areas like Druzhba, Mladost or those more distant like Zapaden Park e Lyulin. Serdika is the interchange station with the 2 Line. The Metro stop is located east of the 2 Terminal: just follow the blue signs inside the area. To move between the two terminals, a free shuttle works. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines inside the metro station. Not all accept credit cards.
BUS: There are two valid alternatives. First of all the bus 84, operating every day from 05: 00 (first race) to 00: 20 (last race) on weekdays, and from 05: 00 to 23: 20 on Sundays and holidays. This is the path: Sofia Airport, 2 Terminal - 1 Terminal - Christopher Columbus blvd. - Tsarigradsko Shose blvd. - Gen. Gurko str and viceversa. The bus takes just over 30 minutes to make all the stops.
The bus 384 It is operational every day, including Sundays and holidays, from 05: 50 (first race) to 22: 50 by following the following path: Sofia Airport, 2 Terminal - Christopher Columbus blvd. - Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov str. - Druzhba Metro Station - Obikolna str. - Druzhba 2 and viceversa. It employs between the 20 and 25 minutes to make the whole trip.
Tickets can be purchased at resales inside the airport or at vending machines outside. A single-fare ticket, valid on all urban vehicles, is sufficient: for just 1BG (less than 1 €) you can move to the city center. However, keep in mind that you have to pay a surcharge for any baggage exceeding the 60cm
Sofia is the main hub of international traffic on iron, well connected to the main destinations of Romania, Serbia and Turkey. The Central Station is just one kilometer from the center. From here trains depart for Athens, Istanbul and Thessaloniki.
Further information on prices and routes are available on the official BDZ website, from this link.
The motorway network, in recent years, has slightly improved, especially as regards the main sections. The secondary roads, on the other hand, have a poor maintenance and are, in many traits, rather uneven. The car, in our opinion, is not the ideal solution to reach the Bulgarian city.
Bucharest, the nearest of the European Capitals, is about 400 kilometers, most of which can be traveled on secondary roads.
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