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  • Metro stop in Sofia
    Metro stop in Sofia
    by HORSCHECK
  • Metro stop in Sofia
    Metro stop in Sofia
    by HORSCHECK
  • The entrance of Serdika Station
    The entrance of Serdika Station
    by hekate
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    Clean underground railways

    by ardelean Updated Jun 6, 2013

    The metro is new, fast and convenient. The stations are large and the trains regular. There are two lines at present (June 2013). Generally trains are every 8 minutes, but every 4 minutes on line 1 during rush hours. Some the trains seem to be an old model similar to the older models in Budapest, and some seem to be newer.
    Sometimes, the entrance is a long way from the platform, but then sometimes there are travelling walkways. Although I saw a couple of lifts, entry might be difficult for wheelchairs or for disabled as there are lots of steps. Best check before you travel.
    The cost is 1 leva for each journey (June 2013). I am sure that there are season tickets for longer stays. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any price information on the website, but there is a map, in Bulgarian, and lots of information about the construction and future development.

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    Explore Sofia by metro

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 28, 2010

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    Metro stop in Sofia
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    Sofia is home to Bulgaria's only metro system. It was opened in 1998 and up to now only consists of one line with about 14 stations.

    This line leads from north to south and the last linking bit between Serdika and Vasil Levski Stadium was opened in September 2009 just when we were in the city.

    We used the metro to get to the Vasil Levski Stadium, which is located south of the city centre.

    Tickets can be bought at the entrance of the stations. Single tickets cost 1 BGN. We asked if we could use the metro with our day cards for the public transport and the lady gave us entrance.

    Website: http://www.metropolitan.bg/

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    Sofia Metro

    by CliffClaven Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Sofia is proud of its new metro system - although system is a bit of an exaggeration, since the first line opened only in 1998 and it takes only 12 minutes to ride from one end to the other. Still, if it takes you where you want to go, you can avoid the increasingly horrendous traffic in the streets. Old Cliffie remembers rushing round Sofia's traffic-free streets in his little red car and casually parking it right outside the US Embassy. But that was a long time ago. First, they closed the whole street outside the embassy - and then they moved the embassy to an even more secure site in the suburbs.

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    Sofia Metro

    by hekate Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    The entrance of Serdika Station

    The metro as it is now:

    The total length of the metro network as of 2003 is 9.9 km. There are 8 stations:
    - Serdika
    - Opalchenska
    - Konstantin Velichkov
    - Vardar
    - Zapaden Park
    - Lyulin
    - Slivnitsa
    - Obelya

    You can find more details about the location, schedules and architecture of the stations on the web-site quoted below.

    Working hours and Frequency:

    The metro operates from 5:30 until 24:00.
    It runs every 6 minutes during rush hours and every 8 minutes during daytime. Frequencies are reduced early morning and late evening. A ride along the entire line takes 14 minutes.

    Price:
    1 ticket ¡V 50 stotinki (EUR 0.25) regardless the number of stations you are traveling.
    5 tickets (it is a string of 5 tickets together) - 40 stotinki each (EUR 0.20) regardless the number of stations you are traveling.

    Future plans:
    There is an approved master plan for the construction of a metro system following the three-diameter structure, with a total length of the lines estimated at 52 km. There will be 47 stations and the network will be able to carry more than 1 million people a day.

    The first line runs from Obelya through Lyulin to the city centre and from there to Mladost. It will have a total length of 19 km and 17 stations. The first line opened after some 20 years of construction work on Jan. 28, 1998.

    Right now the line is being extended towards the southeast with 4.8 km and 3 more stations:
    - Interpred
    - Dragan Tsankov
    - Kliment Ohridski
    The project is expected to be completed in 2006.

    The second line will link Losenets with Ilientsi via the city centre (18 km and 15 stations).

    The third line will run from Kniazhevo to the Poduene and Vassil Levski residential districts (also via the city centre - 15.8 km and 15 stations).

    All three lines will form a downtown triangle, marked by the St. Nedelya Square, the Kliment Ohridski University and the National Palace of Culture.

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    New and comfortable

    by kalenderov Written Jul 24, 2004

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    The new for Sofia subway system. It connects the west of Sofia, Liulin housing complex with the center. The next addition will be the connection of housing complexes east of Sofia with the center. It is a time saver.

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    Lyulin Metrostation

    by kalenderov Written Jul 24, 2004

    The new for Sofia subway system. It connects the west of Sofia, Liulin housing complex with the center. The next addition will be the connection of housing complexes east of Sofia with the center. It is a time saver.

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  • SUBWAY

    by ddo Written Mar 29, 2004

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    THE FASTEST WAY TO GET FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER IS THE SUBWAY BUT THE SUBWAY IS STILL NOT FULLILY COMPLETED IT WILL MOSTLY ONLY TAKE YOU TO THE CENTRAL PART OF THE CITY . BUT THEIR IS ALSO A METRO IN THE CITY THAT WILL TAKE YOU ANYWHERE OR THEIR ALSO BUSES,TAXES AND RENTAL CAR YOU CAN RENT.

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