Hotel Orlando

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Orlandovzi, Embore 2-8, Sofia, 1225, Bulgaria
Bon Voyage Hotel Orlando
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Costs 49% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families100
  • Couples50
  • Solo0
  • Business50

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Bus Nr 84

by TA7DS

Привет, From the airport, will the 84 bus take me to Bulgaria Blvd in Sofia. Near the Hilton to be precise. Thanks.

Re: Bus Nr 84

by Venelin

No, it will not.
When you take the 84 (or the 284, they follow the same route, but only the 284 reaches Terminal 2 where the flag carriers land), the bus will drop you off at the Eagles' Bridge or the Sofia University (it makes a clockwise loop). The best way to get to Bulgaria Blvd. and the Hilton area is to take the 84/284 bus and get off at the Eagles' Bridge (after the left turn that the bus makes). Form there you change onto the 76/204/604 buses for 3-4 stops until you reach a large concrete pedestrian overpass. The 76 and 204 stop before it, the 604 exactly under it. The Hilton is at the left end of the overpass. You will need two separate bus tickets for the two buses that you use. Each ticket costs 1 lev (50 euro cent) and has to be bought in advance from any newspaper kiosk. Sometimes the bus drivers also sell tickets, but they often run of of them.

If I assume correctly that you're staying at the Hilton, taxis will certainly seem affordable to you. Just don't fall prey to the pushy drivers that ask you into their cars: use the taxi booths in the arrival halls instead. They will call a reputable company for you. The trip should cost around 10 leva.

Hope this helps

Re: Bus Nr 84

by realspirit

Yep, take a taxi from the airport, it something like 10-15 min drive to Hilton, 5 Euro is affordable i presume, where is no need to take a bus.

Also drivers accept euro as well with the rate 2 leva = 1 euro

Re: Bus Nr 84

by TA7DS

Thank you Venelin for the detailed reply and realspirit for clearing up the fare. I may have made an error when I saw cab fares as high as 40 euros on the web. Even though I will have a small bag, comfort will be the way to go.

Thank you again both.

Re: Bus Nr 84

by Venelin

Let me make myself clear: there are expensive limousine transfers that often reach 30-40 euro for a transfer within the city, especially when they see where you're heading to. However, those operate on a negotiation/unwillingness-to-refuse basis. The regular taxis that charge 40 euro or similar amounts have just ripped off the people telling those stories. Airport taxi drivers are often among the most cynical and arrogant cheaters that you can find in Southern and Eastern Europe and in Bulgaria in particular. You just have to act smart and appear confident.

Re: Bus Nr 84

by TA7DS

Venelin, thanks for the tips. I look forward to my stay in Sofia : )

Travel Tips for Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Memorial church

by globetrott

Alexander Nevsky Memorial church

is certainly the best known church in Sofia.

It looks pretty old but was actually built between 1904 and 1912 , and the used material came from all parts of the world:

Alabaster from Africa - Onyx from Brazil - Marble from Italy

In the underground of the church you may see a wonderfull collection of icons - masterpieces of all centuries between the 9th and the 19th century...


by bchurchill

Like Mexico, The Bulgarians do not sell Alcohol during time of most establishments. You may have to walk around in order to find some one that is. The stop selling at 2200 the day before the election and at about 2200 on the day of the election. Unlike our Tuesday elections....Bulgarian elections are on Saturday.

Nikulden (St Nikolas) 6 December

by Scarlie

Nikulden is one of the most respected days in the traditional Bulgarian calendar. The legend says that St Nikola saved a boat from sinking by placing a fish (carp) in the hole on the bottom of the boat.

On the table on this day, there must be fish, preferrably carp. The fish, stuffed with bulgur, rice, raisins and walnuts, is wrapped in dough & baked. This is called 'ribnik' (fish pie). The table must also have ritual breads, and the other food is vegetarian - stuffed cabbage leaves, peppers, white bean, corn. The food is blessed, the host breaks the bread and lifts it high (so the wheat can grow high the next season), and then the dinner begins.

This festival has another function -- it marks the beginning of the deep winter and the bad snow storms. The folk saying goes: "Today is his day, tomorrow is his snow". If the day is cold and it snows, the year will be good; if it's warm and dry, the harvest will be weak.

The traditional belief is that St Nikola was one of the six brother-saints, who received the water when the Earth was divided among them. St Nikola rules over the seas, rivers, lakes and the under-water world - fish, mermaids, monsters & demons. He protects fishermen, sailors, merchants & freighters, and in modern context, bankers.

On this day, the Orthodox Church also commemorates St Nikola Mirikliiski, who was persecuted for his belief in Jesus.

Boyana Church

by Childish

The Boyana Church is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The church is interesting because of its architecture and frescoes.
built in three stages: 10th/11th century AD, middle of 13th century and middle of 19th century with several layers of frescoes: the first one dates back to 11th/12th century and the second one - to 1259 and late frescoes from 14th, 16/17th and 19th century.

Follow this link to see some pics from inside.

Admission fee: 10lv
There is a combined ticket for National museum of history and Boyana Church - 12lv.

Rock Bar Fans

by julia79 about Fans

If you like rock music-this is the place you definitely must go. The club is not very big, but the atmosphere is very good and you'll feel like you are in the Rock Paradise:) Well, you can just look at their website and you'll see what I mean. Wear what you have, no problem :)


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