Buses go to some north cities like Pleven, Ruse, Koprivshtitsa. It is a small station next to the other train station Filipovo.
It is located in the north part of the city
Here is a map of the station:
The Central Bus Station in Plovdiv is called South. It is not big but there are many buses going to other cities and abroad. Several companies sell thickets. Also there are cafes and a restaurant. Luggage lockers cost 1lev per 24 hours.
It stands close to the train station on bul. Hristo Botev 47
The train station in Plovdiv is big and there are connections to the whole country. Unfortunately there is not much information in English but you can see the departures and arrivals on the screens. There is a luggage office, just inside the station left of the information desk. It is open 24 hours and the fee is 2Lv per item for 24 hours.
The station is just ten minutes’ walk south-west of the center on bul. Hristo Botev 42-44
The taxi in Plovdiv are much cheaper compared with those in Sofia, Varna and Burgas. The starting rate is 0.90 lv (0.45 EUR) and the rate per km is 0.65 lv for daytime and 0.75 for nighttime.All taxis are yellow and have stickers on the windscreen with the phone number, company name and rates in BGN. In case you catch a taxi from the street always look at the rates, especially in front of the railway station. There are drivers who don’t work with any companies and they can charge you too much although they’re also yellow and look like the others a lot. Some of the most popular are: Violet: 032/6160, Elma: 032/6665, VIP: 032/6103 and so on.
These minibuses are called route taxis. There are only 10 lines but they run frequently and are faster than the buses and all of them pass through the center of the city. They don’t stop on stations unless you ask for it. The thicket is 1 lev (same as bus thickets. Two of the lines go to close villages so if you travel out of the city you’ll be charged double.
Plovdiv's Central Railway Station is on the main Hristo Botev thoroughfare in the city centre, about a kilometre from the Old Town. It is particularly well-connected to Sofia with 16 trains per day in both directions and is on the mainline between Sofia and Bourgas. From Sofia the express trains take about 2 hours with the slower trains up to 3 and a half.
The station itself is an attractive Neo-Baroque building in the National Revival style and has all the services expected of a major city rail terminus. The only caveat is that the signage from the platforms isn't very obvious and so when arriving by train you'll only recognise it because it is the first proper covered station building you'll encounter after leaving Sofia!
There are plans to renovate the station over the next couple of years and a local architectural studio, Arkont-A, was awarded the tender in July 2008 - so maybe they'll factor in a couple more signs into their planning.
For any travelling by long-distance bus:
Write the name of the place that you want to go to on a piece of paper in Cyrillic letters.
If you give that to either the information booth clerks and/or the ticket sales people there is no problem.
I found that everyone was more than willing to be helpful - even to the extent of taking me by the arm and escorting me to the correct place to wait for the bus. That was a special!
More usually they would point to the number of the correct platform on the ticket and then point in the general direction of that platform. Really easy to find with all the willing helpers around :)
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The bus station from Plovdiv to Kazanluk is the North station, Sever Avtogar
There are 2 in the morning at 0700 and at 1330. More later in the day. The trip takes ~2 hours.
Be aware - the bus station in Kazanluk does not appear to be a large city station. No signs!
It looks like a small town on a busy thoroughfare (highway).
I wouldn't have recognized it if a very nice lady didn't tell me that this was the Kazanluk station!
The driver stopped off about 1/2 way into the trip to buy a bunch of tomato plants!!
Seems he is a local man - talked to some of the passengers quite familiarly.
The towns centre is compact and you can just do everything by walking. If you use a car, park it outside the old town, since the old town is car free. For a trip to Bachkovo or the minerals and lakes, you can hire a car at Rent-a-Car in the Trimontium Princess hotel (934-481). Or llok for aganecies in the mall, who are cheaper.
The trainstation is at Bovev blvd and is well organized. In Bulgarian the trains departures are on a big computerscreen and in the underpass. Platforms are not numbered. Tickets are sold upstairs (local trains) Trains to Sofia: duration 2 and a half hour (there are 3 expresses each day, costing 7 lv) or slow (there are 8 slow trains costing 5 lv). Trains to Karlovo durartion 2 hours (only 6 slow a day, costing 4 lv). Trains to Veliko Tarnovo (5 slow trains with a duration of 4 hours, costing 9 lv)
There are 3 busstations. The main one is the Yug station, opposed to the train station. You can go to Sofia (duration 2 and a half hour, leaves hourly, costs: 7 lv), Varna (6 hours duration, leaves three times a day, cost 12 lv) Veliko Tarnovo (duration four hours, leaves three imes daily, costs 9 lv) and Karlovo (for Koprivshita: leaves hourly, duration is two hours and costs 3 lv). From Rodopi bus station (accessible trough the underpass at the train station) there are Busses to Karlovo (4 busses each day) and Bachkovo. At the sever bus station (accessible best by taxi, its in the suburbs) a bus at 4.30 p, goes to Koprivshtitsa. Finally, there is The “Express Transport” Private Association at Botev Blvd 45 which is specialized in express bus transport services to and from Sofia. To Istanbul you pay 40 lv for the bus at the Yug Station
Taxis are as cheap, maybe even cheaper than bus rides if you are with 3 or 4 people. Five kilometre will cost 2lv. Taxis arrives every 5min. Order taxis from the companies offering the lowest prizes and wait for it. Ask the locals who often use taxis what the best companies are
This is the new Bus Station in Plovdiv. There are cafe's shopping on the lower level. This connects to the Plovdiv train stations a few meters away. To get to Plovdiv you can take a bus ride from Kazanlak, Sofia, Stara Zagora or any other major city. You can also take a train to Plovdiv from some areas like Sofia & Kazanlak.
we took a train from sofia to plovdiv in the morning and had plenty of time to see the main sights.. we did have a friend there who was a local so it was easier to pack all the sightseeing in one day.. i would suggest hiring a tour guide also unless you know exactly where to go in plovdiv.. the historical areas of plovdiv are somewhat easily reached by foot from the main train station.. taxi service in bulgaria is the most dishonest of any country i have been to so do not use a taxi unless you know precisely where you are going and how far it is or they will take you through every turn and side-street possible to rack up the charge on the meter.
Plovdiv's main train station is located on ul. H. Botev, not far from the centre. Trains from and to Sofia are frequent, about every hour. Other trains travel East to Burgas and less often to Varna.
There are 3 bus station in Plovdiv: Avtogara Yug on ul. Botev (a bit East of the train station) for buses to/from Sofia and a couple of other towns.
Avtogara Rhodopi (South of the train station) for buses to/from towns in the Rhodopi area e.g. Smolyan.
Avtogara Sever (near the Filipovo station) for buses to/from towns in the North, e.g. Veliko Tarnovo.