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Arriving in Sofia late at night

by maykal

I've just seen a cheap flight advertised to Sofia from London. The reason it is so cheap is that it arrives in Sofia at around midnight. So how practical is that? Is it a 24 hour airport where I can change money?

Thanks ;@P

maykal

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by topsi

There is no problem to come in midnight to Sofia. Just be careful with the taxi in front of the airport! Very CAREFUL!!!
Just ask for the licensed taxi company. They stay a little sidelong to the airport building. Just ask the information where they are! NEVER TAKE A TAXI FROM THE IN FRON OF THE AIRPORT!!!

HAve a nice stay in Sofia.

Lots of nice hostels in the center.

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by maykal

Thanks for that! It's good to know that about the taxis. So now I'm tempted by this flight...and may have a few more questions for you later :)

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by davidlayba

this is fair taxi that work in sofia airport:

http://www.oktaxi.net/cgi-bin/oktaxi.pl?code=main&lang=en

all the best
david

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by maykal

Thanks for that link....I'll look out for them when I arrive next tuesday night!

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by davidlayba

you welcome
david

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by davidlayba

you welcome
david

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by desert_princess

arrange a price in euros with the taxi driver , some accept such deals, I wouldn't advise you to change money at the airport, they have a very unprofitable rate. In worst case , change a small amount , good to pay the taxi. There is a 24h change bureau at the "Popa". You can ask the driver to take you there so you can change money on the way. it's in the center ,all roads lead to "Popa".. hahahaha
Enjoy my hometown

Re: Arriving in Sofia late at night

by CliffClaven

There is a taxi office inside the terminal. Do not change money at the airport, as the rate is considerably worse than that offered by the exchange bureaux in the city. Better still, use an ATM to withdraw local currency.

Travel Tips for Sofia

statues II.

by say-no-more

who says that statues should be placed only in galleries, museums or parks? there is no good reason not to put them - oh, i don't know... - on a bench!
and by a statue i don't mean that nice old lady sitting on the right side:))

The Coffee Culture

by Scarlie

Bulgaria, like many Southern or Latin countries, has a big coffee culture. "Na kafe" is our life style.

People go for a coffee daily, sometimes couple of times a day -- it's an excellent way to catch up or exchange news and gossip. It is equally spread among men and women.

Generally, in establishments or kiosks 'kafe' means espresso. You may order short ('kuso') or long ('dulgo') depending on how much water you want in it; small ('edinichno') or double (dvoyno). Note that a 'dvoyno kuso' (double short) may keep you awake for half a week.

At kiosks, the sugar may not be available in sachets, but in a lose form at the counter. The cups will also be plastic.

Cappuccino, Wiener, Irish and other varieties will be spelled out on the menu, and may not be widely available.

You may be asked which brand you prefer - Lavazza & Illy are the most widely distributed. Altho there is a said difference in quality, this is an implied question of price.

At home, 'kafe' may mean 'Turkish' where the beans are grounded and then boiled in water and the coffee is not filtered. This is also used when you want your future read in the coffee cup.

Horse Riding at "Egida" in the Center of Sofia

by desert_princess

Located across the building of the National Radio , on Dragan tzankov street , this newly built horseriding base "Egida" opens from 8:30 in the morning
Prices are 15 lv for 20 min with instructor ,
20 lv ( 10 euro ) for half an hour with instructor,
If you are already skilled , it will cost you probably less as you won't need guidance.

The Suburb of "Mladost"

by Balkan_Yovo

This is a picture of complex "Mladost 4" taken during the winter (obviously :-). These are the outermost appartment buildings of the city. This is where Sofia ends, behind the camera is the ring road and beyond it is the "Kambanite" (The Bells) monument, a pleasant.

Nightlife
Despite economic...

by 5er

Nightlife

Despite economic hardship and high unemployment, Sofians love to go out and party. Day and night, the countless bars and cafés throughout the city are heaving, a fact that never fails to amaze foreign visitors. Unfortunately, the public transport system shuts down completely from 0100-0500. However, to illustrate just how night-orientated the city is, it is worth noting that a number of restaurants work 24 hours, the best ones in the centre being La Gondola at 16 Vitosha Boulevard, Europe at 35 Alabin Ulica and Breza at 45 Nikola Petrov Ulica. There are also several 24-hour shops.

The biggest concentration of bars and cafés lies to either side of Vitosha Boulevard. Irish pubs have hit Bulgaria and, as always, pull a mixed clientele of locals and ex-pats. Bars are busy until midnight after which people move on to nightclubs, which are fairly dispersed through out town. Heavily frowned upon during Communist times, homosexuality is gradually becoming tolerated and it is now quite cool to be gay. Check the English-language weekly Sofia Echo (website: www.sofiaecho.com) and the monthly Sofia City Info Guide for 'what's on'.

The absence of licensing laws means that drinking is possible at all hours. Most bars and cafés stay open until midnight. While locally produced wine and rakiya are excellent and reasonably priced, it is currently fashionable to drink imported beers and spirits, which tend to be expensive. Cigarettes are cheap (tobacco is one of Bulgaria's main exports), so don't expect smoke-free bars. Nightclub admission is cheap, on average Lv3. Sofians are open-minded when it comes to dress sense, although some clubs only allow admission once a glamorous woman (with two big bouncers behind her) has checked you out.

Bars: Black Label in the Military Club at 8 Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard is a classy low-lit bar with a stunning choice of whiskies and bourbons, open until 0500. Café-bar 703 at 24 Tsar Shishman Ulica, is a cosy mellow bar, attracting young professionals. J J Murphy's, 6 Karnigradska Ulica, one block west of Vitosha Boulevard, is a busy Irish pub serving good food, popular with Bulgarians and ex-pats alike. Beer Hall Schweik, 1A Vitosha Boulevard, is a pseudo-Czech beer hall serving imported beers and food.

Casinos: Casino Princess, in the Hotel Princess at 31 Maria Louisa Boulevard, claims to be Bulgaria's biggest casino. The luxurious International Casino Club Sofia is situated within the Sheraton Hotel at 5 Ploshtad Sveta Nedelya. Both require a passport for entry (minimum age 18 years) but do not operate a dress code.

Clubs: Sofia's clubs play music ranging from techno to jazz, rock to salsa. Chervilo, in the Military Club at 8 Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, is smart and 'in'. The candle-lit bar, open throughout the week, offers a mildly sleazy atmosphere with dark wooden furniture and red velvet upholstery. The disco opens Wednesday (Latino night - salsa lessons and sangria), Friday and Saturday (techno). Spartakus, in the underpass in front of Sofia University, between Vassil Levski Boulevard and Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, started out as the city's first gay club. It now attracts a mixed, young and trendy clientele. Swinging Hall at 8 Dragan Tsankov Boulevard, close to the Vassil Levski Stadium, is popular with visitors. There are live rock and pop concerts and imported drinks at western prices. Escape, 1 Angel Kanchev Ulica, occupies three floors, with different music on each level.

Live music: For a true Balkan experience, spend the evening at a restaurant with live Bulgarian folk music. The best are Chevermeto at 106 Maria Lousi Boulevard; Boyansko Hanche at 1962 Boyana Residential Area, Sorishte; and Vodenitzata, set in an old mill in the Dragalevtzi district, close to the chairlift. All three are done out in typical rustic folksy style.

Jazz lovers should visit Bourbon Street, 114 Vassil Levski Boulevard, where live jazz, blues and rock'n'roll concerts are hosted. Backstage, at 100 Vassil Levski Boulevard, offers a range of live music each night of the week.

By Columbus World City Guide

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