air transport, Sofia
Sofia airport is rather small which means that it is almost impossible to get lost there.
A reconstruction and development project is going on, so in future it will be bigger and hopefully modern airport.
To go to Sofia city you can:
Use a shuttle buss:
Most of the hotels offer this service, so when you are making your reservation you can take care of the transfer from the airport to the hotel as well.
Take the bus:
The bus station is located close to the Arrivals terminal.
Route: Sofia Airport - Sofia University, which is the city centre (line 84). the bus runs between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
A single ticket costs 0.50 leva - about EUR 0.25. If you have luggage with dimensions bigger than 60x60x40 cm, you must buy a ticket for it at the same price.
Tickets are sold at the kiosk at the bus stop.
Take a taxi:
As long as I know the taxi company called OK SUPERTRANS has some kind of an agreement with the airport for providing taxi services. You can ask for a taxi at the office located in the public area of the Arrivals Hall or get one from the line right in front of the Arrival Hall. The usual charge is between 6 and 10 leva to the city centre which is something like EUR 3 to 5. It depends on the traffic and the distance as you can guess.
Rent a car:
If you check the Sofia airport web-site, you will find links to rent-a-acra companies under the transport section.
Here are some useful pfone numbers:
International Flights - Departures: +359 (2) 937 22 11
International Flights - Arrivals: +359 (2) 937 22 12
Domestic Flights: +359 (2) 937 22 13
V.I.P: +359 (2) 937 21 91
Lost and Found Department: +359 (2) 937 24 91
The link below is to the Sofia airport site with the list of the air companies which have regular or charter flights to Sofia.
Sofia's airport is located about 12km from the city centre and has recently opened a new terminal (2), mainly for international flights. A lot of European commercial aswell as some budget airlines connect Sofia with major cities on the continent.
The airport can be reached by bus 84 which starts at the Sofia University/Eagle Brigde. The price of the ticket is 1 BGN.
A taxi from the centre to the airport costs around 9 BGN.
We flew to Sofia with the Hungarian budget airline Wizzair from Dortmund in Germany. Sofia's airport is located about 10 km east of the city centre.
It consists of two terminals, with terminal 1 being the older one. Both terminals are not located with walking distance to each other.
The best way to get to the city centre is probably to use bus #84 from terminal 1 or bus #284 from terminal 2.
At terminal 1 tickets can be bought from the pavillion at the bus stop. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there on a Sunday, but we finally got tickets from a kiosk inside the terminal building.
We flew with Wizzair from Dortmund to Sofia to the old terminal.
In the arrival hall there was one ATM and a café. The toilets were downstairs. There is an information counter but there was no real information there. The ATM wouldn’t take my debit card but luckily my travel mate managed to get some money out. We were approached by a taxi driver inside the building and a lady that claimed that their tourist bus which would drop you off at your hotel would be cheaper than the public bus. Don’t believe such a thing. There is an information panel of the public transport hanging inside the building by the exit. But you need to be able to read cyrillic letters.
Starting her flights on september 2005 - Wizzair is the first low cost company to fly Bulgaria .
It connects Sofia with Budapest , and from there with the rest of Europe. I am really excited about this - I guess I will be flying some time soon with them :)))
Due to the unexpected closure of Sofia Airport at night between 26 September and 30 November 2005 ,Wizz Air was forced to move the departure time of its Budapest-Sofia flights on certain days from originally scheduled 23:45 to 02:55 the next morning. The arrival time changes accordingly from 02:00 am to 05:10.
Sofia Airport is situated about 3 miles east of the city. For a European capital city this is quite a small airport serving mostly European carriers and destinations. There's two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 - HA! Don't laugh, this is Sofia don't forget! T1 is the smaller of the two, handling mostly the budget airlines with the more modern T2 (opened Dec 2006) taking care of the big boys. One thing that I didn't notice was any form of transit between the two terminals but perhaps that's because Sofia is a destination or departure airport rather than a hub.
Personally I've only used T1 which has fairly basic facilities but adequate for the task (although a landside beer cost me 6 Leva for a small bottle!). Immigration, customs and security are perfectly efficient and on neither my arrival nor departure were there any delays or queues.
To get to and from the city you can take the public buses, #84 from T1 and #284 from T2, both of which don't actually go into the city centre proper but rather skirt the eastern edge at the university before returning to the airport. Orlov Most (Eagle Bridge) is probably the best (or most easily recognised) stop to get off for downtown access. The single fare for either route is, at the time of writing, 1 Leva with a surcharge for any baggage over the size of hand luggage. Tickets can be bought from the shop at arrivals or from the bus driver - don't forget to validate them on the bus.
Sofia Airport's Terminal 2 handles the mainstream full-service airlines to and from, mostly, European destinations. It is slightly bigger than Terminal 1, with a few more shops and cafes, although note that these seem not to be competing price-wise with each other. I was a bit miffed to find the bookshop closed on my last visit (whether permanantly or not I don't know) which left me without a book for my flight but fortunately I was flying BA and so got a freebie copy of the day's Independent newspaper.
I was impressed with the booze shop tho'. It's not particularly cheap but does have a good range of quality wines. Having selected a couple of bottles of what I thought would be a good Melnik the assistant recommended putting them back and getting a cheaper one, which he reckoned was far superior. Having now tasted it I reckon he just might have been right and also saved me a couple of leva - unusual for Sofia LOL!
To get to and from the airport by public transport the 284 bus serves this terminal and the bus stop is just outside the arrivals hall - tickets (1 lev) can be bought from the driver but note that any luggage larger than carry-on will need a separate ticket. Otherwise there's always plenty of taxis and there is, I think, an OK taxi booking office at arrivals where you can book a cab with an agreed fare.
Ticket prices seem affordable here too
Roundtrip Sofia - Vienna - 199euro ; Sofia - Varna 95 euro ; Sofia - Istanbul - 99 euro ; Sofia - Athens - 160 euro. Check out the website for the latest offers and promotions .
"Sky Europe" Is the seccond low cost air company that comes to Bulgaria after the success of Wizzair. Check out the webpage and see what deals are awaiting for you....
Central Europe's largest low-cost low-fare airline - Flights to and from Sofia and Bucharest will begin on the 9th and 12th of December 2005, respectively, with fares starting from as low as € 25 one-way excluding taxes
Sofia Airport is the major airport in Bulgaria.
Tip: If you travel to Bulgaria, book a flight leaving on a Tuesday or Thursday. I have found it to be cheaper to fly there on a Tuesday than any other day of week.
Trnasportation in Sofia
Sofia Airport Home Page
Airlines - offices in Sofia
There's no direct flight from North America, so all flights are connected via a European or Middle Eastern Hub. B/A and Lufthansa are the best in my experience, followed by Alitalia and Austrian Air. Lot Air is decent but the management has a lot to learn about customer service, as I learned while stranded in Warsaw for two days trying to get back to Sofia.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap, but some companies will rip you off if they know you're not a local. I recommend the following companies: 1280, 1263, and OK. Yes, the number is actually the name of the company (a legacy of communism), and it's written large on the doors and hood. Trams, trolleys and buses are reliable and generally safe, but the taxis are so cheap that saving the additional fifty cents really doesn't make it worthwhile considering the slowness. Plus, they are adventures in body odor. Renting a car is not necessary unless you are touring the countryside, and then do yourself a favor and spend the money on a Mercedes Benz (about 500 dollars per week including insurance) or else you'll wind up with some Godawful Eastern European deathtrap.
If you come from another continent you should travel by plane or if you are for example in France is better to travel again by plane.
It could be also possible to travel by bus,but u know it's too tiring.
You can get around Sofia by car or by bus,of course.
How you can reach Bulgaria? Situated in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula Bulgaria can be reached quickly and easily. By air Bulgaria is connected with all the five continents by both foreign and several Bulgarian airlines. By train Sofia is connected with the main trans-European and trans-continental trains and has direct links to some of the biggest cities in Europe - Moscow, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, etc. By car - most of the international highways cross Bulgaria such as E-5 which is a part of the main international road connecting Europe with Asia. By water - the Black sea connects Bulgaria with all the Mediterranean and European countries and ships sail along the Danube to Romania, Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
Once you have entered the country you can easily go to every place, village or city you want to visit as the country has well organized railway transport between the cities and also very good road net.
Sofia Airport is in the middle of a ten-year improvement plan to increase capacity to five million passengers a year. When completed, the new terminal will have boarding bridges and better facilities for passengers. Conditions are already better than they were even a couple of years ago. And the airport has adopted a snazzy new logo to go with its ambitious plans.