1 thing Sofiya has gotten right, that so many other cities, especially in my country, have gotten so wrong, is centralising it's public transportation. Long-distance coach, local bus, train, & tube stations are all located in the same general area, within walking distance of 1 another, interspersed with a couple of taxi ranks. The main bus station is an ultra-modern, functional design, but just don't expect the payphones to work. Next door is the Serdika bus station, where the international coaches arrive & depart, & around this area is a purpose built mini-market of single storey shops catering to this bustling commuter & tourist centre. About half the businesses are travel agents, but within this newly built area, as is typical of eastern europe, are a plethora of cafes & grocery sellers, as well as a patisserie, bargain bookshop, & sex shop. 0pposite the sex shop is the Soviet-era train station entrance, which in westernised times, also now houses a BILLA supermarket, TSENTRALNAYA GARA H0sTEL, souvenirs shop, transport police office, & a restored steam locomotive & carriage exhibit. 0utside is another restored steam engine, as well as entrances to the subway, so if you're a first time traveller, anxious about finding your way around, maybe Sofiya should be your first visit, it's almost impossible to get lost here on arrival...
As is typical of eastern europe, pavements in Sofiya aren't in an up to date state of repair, & for a capital city, it's noticably bad here, maybe even worse than Ukraine, (if that's possible.) However, walking around Sofiya needn't be a struggle any longer, because it now has a newly laid out cycle lane network, making a very smooth pathway around the city. Cyclists are still few & far between, because the broken up paving & waterlogged potholes would put off all but the hardcore mountain biker, so until pedalling catches on here, make the most of the new red asphalt as a sightseeing route around Sofiya...
The best way to see Sofia's on foot. Not to mention that all the main sights are in the centre and can be visited on foot.
Walk up and down the city's tree-lined grand boulevards, take a look at the monuments from many eras of Sofia's history, ordinary homes, visit former palaces, centres of learning, places for work and worship, parks for leisure and recreation, shops and restaurants...
Sofia is a relatively small and manageable place especially the downtown/central part. However, make sure you look BOTH ways before you cross the street. Bulgarians may not need to wait for the green to cross in any form of transport, but unless you know the technique, just folow the traffic rules.
You will easily get used to it, but the first day for sure u'll be taking photos of ladas and trabants
Strategic location, not far from "NDK" (The National Palace of Culture), where traffic jams occur regularly during rush hour.
Thise is the sofia interection from here you can go to tzarigrad. and you can also see sofia tv tower.
Thise is Blvd Bulgaria that where the new Modarn Hilton Hotel is located. and a american stly Macdonald's is located too.