Rachev Hotel Bolyarski

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

53A Stefan Stambolov Str, Veliko Turnovo, 5000, Bulgaria
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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 48% less and rated 18% higher than other 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families100
  • Couples84
  • Solo33
  • Business83

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Forum Posts

sofia to veloko turnovo

by cvo

hi ! i´d like to know how long the bus trip from Sofia to Veliko turnovo is. Are there any trains?
Thank you

Re: sofia to veloko turnovo

by johngayton

There are both buses and trains. Bulgarians prefer buses, despite trains being cheaper, but me I prefer the train as the routes are more scenic.

By train there are 5 departures a day with a fastest journey time of about 4 and a half hours and the fare is about 16 Leva, depending on the train selected.

By bus it'll be a little bit faster and there are dozens of departures daily with a fare of 17 Leva.

The relevant sites are:

Train www.bdz.bg

Bus www.centralnaavtogara.bg

There's no point in booking in advance, just turn up on the day and get your ticket from the relevant office.

Have a good trip!

Re: sofia to veloko turnovo

by graeme83

The bus takes about 3 hours to get there. Buses going to Varna will stop in Veliko Turnovo en route.

There are many different companies that operate the route. Just go to the information desk to find out the next one that is going.

Re: sofia to veloko turnovo

by unaS

Be careful how you choose your bus! After travelling for two weeks in Bulgaria by bus I returned to Sofia from Veliko Turnovo at the end of my visit with a private bus company. They are a bit more expensive, but definitely worth it because they are comfortable and air conditioned.

Another ride in one of those hot, airless, regular buses did not appeal to me for a trip that would take 3+ hours.

Also the office/station in Veliko Turnovo is in the middle of town which cut the taxi fare by more than 4 lev, so I didn't really pay more in the end.

I used the Grup Plus bus.

Full details on my Veliko Turnovo page.

Re: sofia to veloko turnovo

by clancy362

The journey takes approximately 3 hours without stopping.

Travel Tips for Veliko Turnovo

An old city on hills

by SoulFisher

Veliko Tarnovo is very hilly.
The old town and the historic sites are located in several hills crossed by the twisting river Yantra. The valleys where the river flows through are very steep. Obviously this was a perfect location to built a fortress in the middle-ages to protect the tzars of the second Bulgarian Empire. Cities on steep hills are the most scennic ones - I know, I'm from one of those cities and no one is an impartial judge defending his own cause, but many people will agree with me.
The beauty is not only in the old parts, in the streets with incline and in the broad views. It's also for instance in the modern roads and railways that cross the river fords in bridges over the water but lower than the hills, soon to disappear in tunnels underneath the city.

There are plenty of view points where you can feel like a bird, in the fortress as well as in the old town.

Tourist Info Office

by unaS

The new tourist info office is a small, bright and attractive building.
The staff are friendly and try to be helpful.

They have only a limited amount of literature available, but are happy to explain and advise.
There is a photo-copied map available for free.

Located in the center of town on Hristo Botev 5
Open Monday - Friday; 0900 -1200 and 1300 - 1800 Learned from them about the private bus company, Grup plus, for the long trip back to Sofia.
Wouldn't have known about it otherwise.

Also they told me about bus no. 20 to return to the centre of town from the Tsaravets Fortress.
As it turned out, bus #40 runs the same route, and that is the one I took.


by DPando

An austere church inside and visible everywhere outside crown the hill over the fortress with amazing views to the town and the mountains.. once inside there is a chance to listen the guide paying something like 4 or 5 euros... (quite expensive)
The entrance is free but its so smaller and you just need a few minutes to see it and its a good point to rest after some steps up

Preobrazhenski Monastery

by bijo69

Preobrazhenski Monastery is situated about 6km from V.Turnovo on the road to G. Oryakhovica. It was originally built in 1360, destroyed by the Turks in the late 14th century and re-built in 1825. The beautiful murals in of the churches are currently being restored.

To get there, you can either walk (there's a marked trail through the forrest) or take bus No. 10 to the turn-off to the monastery. From there you still have to walk uphill for about 2km.

There's an entrance fee of 2 BGN for foreigners.

From the monastery you've got great views over the valley to another monastery on the other side

Al Freso Lunch in November!

by johngayton about Kokteli Bar "Royal"

Although described as a "cocktail bar" Royal is in fact simply a cafe/restaurant with a pleasant shaded terrace overlooking the main road through the city. On an unseasonably sunny November lunchtime the terrace soon began to fill. Fortunately I'd arrived about the same time as the sun and although I had to go inside in search of a server, once I'd caught her attention service was swift and friendly. I can imagine, judging by how busy it became whilst I was there, that during the summer this is a popular place.

The menu, of which there is an English version, is ideally suited to the location with a good range of salads, sandwiches and other snacky stuff. Prices are reasonable (though not the cheapest in town) and my simple salad and beer lunch was exactly what I was after. I opted for the Salata Meksiko which turned out to be mostly tomato, roasted red peppers and sweetcorn topped generously with white and yellow cheese. A splash of the oil and vinegar perked it up no end and for a healthy, light yet substantial lunch, accompanied by the obligatory Zagorka, the less than 8 Leva bill perefectly comensurate. The tastiest bit though had to be my shy little waitress who responded to my pidgin Bulgarian in excellent colloquial English.


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