Burgas (BOJ) Airport
The most convinient way to reach Burgas (Area) is a charter flight to Burgas Airport. Only in Summer time you can reach this airport from a lot of european Destinations. Bourgas Airport is situated in a picturesque bay on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast, 10 km north-east of the town of Bourgas.
From the Airport is a public bus Nr. 15 running to the city center, and also buses are going on the black sea cost north to Direction Varna. Be minimum two hours before departure of your flight at the airport, because it is very busy at check-In and at Passport Control!
Where Pedestrians Have Right Of Way
Burgas is an eminently walkable city with its main thoroughfares of Alexandrova (between the railway station and the Troika Square) and Aleko Bogoridi (from the Svoboda Square to the Sea Garden) being fully pedestrianised. Where these streets interesect with traffic-bearing ones pedestrians have right of way and local drivers are usually perfectly courteous. So be bold!
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Bourgas's Easy To Navigate Bus Station
Bourgas's main bus station is the "South" station which is next to its railway station on Garov Ploshtad Sq. and services most of the popular local routes including to and from the airport. What I was particularly impressed with here is that for once things are actually well signposted!! The main timetable is on the wall outside the ticket office and the individual bus stops are also well signed (and as a bonus with latin transliterations for the destinations!).
As well as local bus services there are also several daily buses from here to Sofia and further afield.
I do believe there is another bus station ("West" station) on Maritsa Street which covers the places not covered by the "South" station but I didn't have call to use that one. The website below has contact details for most of the local buses.
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Still Vying with Varna!
I'm not really one for making comparisons between places but I do get the impression that Varna and Bourgas maintain a friendly rivalry and what one has the other wants to emulate and perhaps even better. One case in point is their respective railway stations which are almost identical twins, having been built by the same architects. I'm certainly not going to make any value judgement on which is the prettier but suffice it to say that both are equally welcoming.
Bourgas's Central Station is pretty easy to find being just off the city centre on the main thorofare of Blvd Knyaz Al. Batenberg (next door to the bus station and the port offices) and is connected to to Bulgaria's mainline rail network via the junction at Karnobat. There are 7 daily services to and from Sofia with an express journey time of about 6 and a half hours.
And just as an aside I should mention that the ticket seller here was definitely the most helpful ensuring that I had a reservation and double-checking that I knew I had to change trains at Karnobat for my journey back to Varna. Oh, and not to forget the guy who sold me my beer from one of the refreshment stalls who made sure I got a nice cold one!! Yep, Cheers! Both :)
Phone number is for info (0500 to 1830) and website is the excellent Bulgarian National Railway which has an "English" option.
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Sofia - Bourgas
There are several direct trains a day to/from Sofia. There are two lines that connect Sofia and Bourgas: One reuns between the mountains and is more picturesque. It goes through Koprivshtitsa, Karlovo, Kazanluk, Sliven, Karnobat and other smaller places.
The other runs through Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Karnobat.
During the floodings last year, the railroads were furhter damaged and the trains often have delays half to one hour. However, they are cheaper than buses. The return tickets come out cheaper and are valid for one month. The return tickets to smaller places are valid for 3 days.
I think that Burgas' trainstation is the most beautiful in Bulgaria.
BOJ - Burgas Airport
Although thousands of holiday-makers arrive at Burgas Airport on charter flights every summer on their way to the Black Sea coast, hardly any scheduled services use the airport. There isn't even a flight to Sofia. You'll have to travel along the coast to Varna if you want to fly to the capital. But the airport has been busy in recent months, with US military aircraft touching down on their way to or from Iraq.
Station fit for a king
Burgas claims to have Bulgaria's most attractive railway station. Of course, it's a claim that can be easily believed if all you know is the cavernous monstrosity of Sofia's main station. But it has to be said that Burgas station, after its extensive and expensive renovation, does indeed look attractive. Catch it in the right light and you may even think it could be the former king's summer residence at the Black Sea.
Fastest way to get there...
Transport connections are excellent with a direct train and a highway to Sofia. Bourgas /Sarafovo/ Airport is just outside the city.
Burgas Train Station
Burgas Train Station is in the middle of the city center. You can start from here to west direction Sofia with some trains. Train to Sofia is arround 15 Lewa One way and takes 6-7 hours.
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