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Bucarest Burgas by land
Does anyone know how to get from Bucarest to Burgas by land? I heard that there was a train but could not find any details on the net. Thanks and regards
Re: Bucarest Burgas by land
You can check timetables here: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
Bucarest Burgas by land
There are trains from Bucharest Nord to Giurgiu on the border. For example train 1697 departs Bucuresti Nord 08:25, arrives Videle 09:13; train 9343 departs Videle 09:36, arrives Giurgiu 11:02. You'll find the schedules at www.cfr.ro (follow the links to the timetable menu).
From Giurgiu it should be possible to take a minibus or a taxi across the Friendship Bridge to Ruse on the Bulgarian side (although I have not found any details of how to do this). I have heard that it is no longer permitted to walk across the bridge; you would probably not want to, as it's more than 2 km long and has no aesthetic merits.
From Ruse bus station you can take the Enturtrans bus to Burgas. There are three buses per day: at 07:30, 10:30 and 14:30. The trip takes 5:30 to 5:40 hours. The schedule is at http://www.enturtrans.com/en/index.html.
If anyone knows a more direct way from Romania to Burgas, please let me know, as I need to travel from Cluj-Napoca to Burgas mid-April 2010.
Re: Bucarest Burgas by land
Yes you can go by train via Ruse. I think in the summer there is a connecting train - http://bdz.creato.biz/files/pdf/bourgas_varna_moscow_eng.pdf and year round http://bdz.creato.biz/files/pdf/bulgaria_express_eng.pdf
Otherwise there are several options using both train and bus. I don't know the Romania bit of the journey but there are a couple of buses daily from Bucharest to Ruse. Unfortunately the autogari.ro site doesn't seem to be working anymore but the bus service definitely exists. Once you get to Ruse you then have bus and train options on to Burgas.
For trains Ruse to Burgas - www.bdz.bg
For buses - www.transportbg.info (in cyrillic but it does allow latin input for seaches).
Hope this helps.
Travel Tips for Burgas
This is Burgas's Communist-era monument (constructed in 1981) to those killed during the resistance against Fascism. At its centre is an eternal flame and the inside walls have plaques commemorating the individuals.
It looks stark and ugly from a distance but up close it is quite strikingly evocative.
Enjoying The Snow #1
Here's a little trio of kids taking advantage of one of the ramped pathways in the Sea Garden. You'll notice the one in the middle doesn't have a sled but is making do quite adequately with a sheet of plastic.
Burgas's Open Air Theatre
Burgas has a lively year-round cultural scene which reaches its peak during the summer months with several festivals taking place. This Hi-Tech open air theatre, with its retractable roof, is located in the Sea Garden and is host to diverse events such as the various music festivals, theatrical performances and the annual "Burgas and the Sea" competition. (2nd website below)
For details of events and tickets visit the Tourist Information Centre in the underpass on Hristo Botev.
There is a riding school at the northern end of the city beach, when you reach the end of the city beach you turn left, cross the railway and go up the park and you'll see it on the right.
They have both ponies and horses so both adults and children can enjoy.
Keep in mind that they have a lunch break from 12 till 3pm, and close at 7 pm.
These are summer operating hours.
One round with a pony costs 2 leva, and with a horse, 5 leva (prices as of August 2009)
Taking in the salt and the sun
"Taking in the sea and sun in Lozenec"
Lozenec is a very small village on Bulgaria's Black Sea around 70 kg from Burgas. There are many villages along the Black sea, full of holidaymakers mostly from Czech Republic and Bulgaria. I think the infrastructure for tourists in this town is adequate locals but very lacking for tourists coming from Western Europe and Canada and USA. All the signs and street signs are written in Cyrillic and almost no one speaks any other language other than Bulgarian, Russian and a smithering of Czech due to the many Czech holiday makers. this could be a very refreshing change and different for visitors from the West. I was definately a novelty to the locals when they learned where I was from. People working in the shops and restaurants and other service industry jobs still have the socialist manner of doing things, ( caustic personalities, broody looks on their face, quick to get frustrated and angry at customers, etc). I have not been long in Bulgaria but one could see that the life for local people is very difficult still, just by looking at people's faces, and in their eyes.
I managed to sample a lot of the local Bulgarian specialties which are tasty, as well as the refreshing local beers which are cheap compared to other places in Europe.
I enjoyed swimming in the Black sea ( the Black sea is actually a beautiful blue colour, but got the infamous name from the many deaths of sailors and the women who lost these sailors hence the sea earning it's name). The sea is not very salty and the waves are gentle to play and body surf on. Many holidaymakers bring plastic floating objects to play on the waves. The shore deepens gradually making it ideal for not so expert swimmers to practice more before venturing out into the deeper area. I enjoyed my trip to Bulgaria's Black sea and am interested in exploring more of the country in the near future.