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Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by bwk_michael

hey there..just a quick question about the Sofia - Beograd Train

i am planning on taking the Sofia 11:55 Train to Beograd arr. 19:18 with Serbian Railway (on a saturday)

the lonelyplanet said the train journey would be like 11h?? but welli guess thats the diffrent well how good a serbian trains with the timnetable? always late? or normaly on time?
can i buy the ticket like everywhere at the railwaystation or do i need to go to a travel agancy?

then i am planning the Beograd - Sofia train N293 back to sofia on sunday night (21:15 - 07:15) the same quetsion about the the treain really on time or are delays normal for this conection?

thanks so much for your help...ciao bella...mischa

Re: Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by Venelin

Unfortunately, the invariable answer to your question is: Yes, international trains in the Balkans are late on 99% of the trips.
This does not mean that you will have serious problems, though. There is hardly any difference between arriving in Belgrade at 8pm or 10pm, in any case your sightseeing days is over and even at 10pm it is not too late to check out the nightlife and the restaurants of the Serbian capital. Just don't plan any tight connections onwards. The delays are not a problem of the Serbian or the Bulgarian railways in particular, it is just that the international trains are the first to be delayed in case of congestion on a route. Domestic services are more reliable.
The tickets can be bought at the train stations, but at separate counters for international travel. In Sofia this is to the left as you enter the building (travel bureau Rila or Wasteels), in Belgrade it is more or less in the main hall of the train station. Buy a return ticket in Sofia, because by default it is 40-50% discounted. There are not specific travel times written on the ticket.

Re: Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by bobbymg

Howdy there
realy its all depends on your luck.
i took the train on both direction and it was late .when i took the train from Beograd to Sofia it was late 2 hours ,but thats due to some paper work for customs at the boarder.
also somtimes the immigration officer have to take some people from the train.
but its a nice trip
enjoy your stay in Bulgaria
( - _ - )

Re: Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by bwk_michael

thanks very much for your help...are there any problems crossing the border?
anyway, cheers again..ciao, mischa

Re: Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by bobbymg

G"day Michael
nah there is no problem at all ,you dont leave the train at all.but there is a change for the train crew and some paper works.
as i said somtimes they took people from the train.
if you are a British passport holder ,you dont need a visa to Bulgaria or Serbia.
enjoy your stay
( - _ - )

Re: Train Sofia - Beograd (again :) )

by bwk_michael

thanks for your help...ciao

Travel Tips for Sofia

More language

by unaS

In many cases I found that a single French word was more effective than a single English word.


Pardon instead of Excuse me (For getting someone's attention.)

Garderobe instead of Closet.

Gare instead of Station (or Avtogar for bus station.)

Mersi instead of Thank you (With the S instead of the C it is actually a Bulgarian word.)

Salata instead of Salad Where you can try very hard to learn a few words in Bulgarian. It helps in many ways!

Salata, Mersi, Ciao (bye), Da (yes), Ne (no), Molya (please), Kolko? (how much?) Dobro (good) and Toilata (toilet) for example are easy enough for an English speaker to learn and to use.

Just Do It !

the bulgarian dinner

by say-no-more

we thought that the 'bulgarian dinner' would be another tourist trap, that they would give us some lousy food and we would have to pay extra for the music, or something like that. but, lucky for us, it wasn't. it tourned up to be one of the best things we expirienced in sofia! there was a bend playing on traditional instruments, a girl singing traditional songs and 3 guys and 3 girls dancing traditional dances. they were fantastic! they were doing it with so much pleasure that they made us want to know how to dance these dances!

The Xmas Fast

by Scarlie

The fast begins 4 weeks before Xmas. During this period and 2 weeks after Xmas, the church weddings are not allowed, and a special permission for emergency cases (i.e. mostly pregancy, imminent departure, grave illness) is required.

During the fast, all animal products - incl. egs, cheese, milk - cannot be eaten. An exception is made for the childred, pregnant women and the sick. Fish is allowed only on Nikulden (6 Dec).

Sex should also be avoided during the six weeks. The Church is not so strict when it comes to alcohol, tho. Alcohol is allowed, but it is recommended to follow full fast on Wednesday and Friday.

The purpose of the fast is the physical and spiritual cleansing of the person. The accent is therefore not so much on the physical, but on the spiritual -- people have to renounce their sins and be repentant.


by matza

The Sofia Synagogue, which was designed by the architect Grunanger, closely resembles the famous Sepherdic house of prayer in Vienna, which was later demolished by bombs. It was opened for worship in 1909. The building is in Spanish-Mauritanian style, with a central octangular dome lit by the biggest chandelier on the Balkans. On Ekzarh Yosif St. and Washington St.

A good place to stay for a drink

by v_bisheva about Energie Bar

It is not a very big bar-cafe, but it is very nice inside and has a great garden in the backyard. Drinks and food are good and the music is cool. It is perfect to sit for a drink or meet some friends, or just rest after shopping... Casual wearing is great...


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