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Traveling to Bulgaria

traveling to bulgaria


Traveling to Bulgaria by plane is the most usual entry for most visitors into the country although car and train and even boat is possible.

Whatever your preferred method of transport here is some helpful information for you.

Traveling to BulgariaBy Plane

Bulgaria has 4 international airports at Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Bourgas so traveling to Bulgaria by plane has never been as easy.

Connections from the USA for example with only one stop could be from the UK or Frankfurt in Germany to Sofia.

Sofia (SOF)

The capital city of Bulgaria is the main airport for the country and is the usual destination for all international flights. The airport is only 12 kms from the city centre and costs about 12-15 leva for a taxi.(7 or 8 euro)

Money can be exchanged here if you can’t wait to get to a bank and car hire is available

Varna (VAR)

Varna in the East is used for domestic and seasonal travel to the coastal resorts on the Black Sea from various places in Europe. Varna airport is about 10 kms from the city centre and costs around 12 leva for a ride in a taxi.

There is a bank situated in the terminal and as always car hire is available from the many firms

 Bourgas (BOJ)

Bourgas airport is mainly used for chartered flights by airlines bringing the tourists to the Black sea resorts. The airport is located about 10 kms from the city centre car hire is available and a taxi to sunny beach costs around 30 leva (15 euro)

A bank for currency exchange is located in the arrivals lounge


Plovdiv the second largest city in Bulgaria is open all year round and offers an alternative to sofia airport  and again is used by airlines for the winter ski trips

A list shows the number of airlines traveling to Bulgaria.

Major Airlines

Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com)  British Airways (www.britishairways.com)  Bulgaria Air (www.air.bg) Cyprus Airways (www.cyprusair.com)   Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)   Tarom (www.tarom.ro)                     Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com Aeroflot (www.aeroflot.ru)  Aerosvit (www.aerosvit.com)                        Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com)  Air France (www.airfrance.com)  Alitalia (www.alitlia.it)

 Low cost airlines

EasyJet (www.easyjet.com)

EasyJet  operate flights from Sofia to  Gatwick, Manchester and Berlin.

Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com)

Operate flights between Sofia Barcelona, Brussels, Dortmund, London,  Milan, Rome, and Valencia.

Wizz air also operate between Varna and Bourgas and Luton

Other International flights

Connections to Bulgaria can be made in Europe with the many major airlines listed above.

 Traveling to Bulgaria by Train

From UK, Greece, SerbiaRoute map: London to Sofia & Bulgaria by train, Turkey Romania and other European countries.

Here is an excellent information website for traveling to Bulgaria by train and to and from many other parts of Europe including the costs and timetables.




Traveling to Bulgaria by Car from the UK

traveling to bulgaria

One of the best things about driving your own car on long journey’s is that you can stop when and where you want to and for how long.

The estimated time of your travel will obviously depend on your average speed number of stops etc, but as a rule of thumb allow 4 days without too much site seeing on the way here. There is a route via Italy and Greece for those wishing to take a more leisurely pace and take in different sites along the way but the most used routes are Via Bucharest, Romania and the other via Serbia.

Via Serbia

2500 kms

Calais -Brussels(Belgium)-Cologne-Frankfurt-Nuremberg(Germany)-Vienna(Austria)-Budapest-Szeged(Hungary)-Belgrade-NicSerbia -Sofia(Bulgaria)

Because Serbia is not part of Europe, check with your insurance company for adequate cover.

Route Via Romania

Calais -Brussels(Belgium)-Cologne-Frankfurt-Nuremberg(Germany)-Vienna(Austria)-Budapest-(Hungary) Arad-Deva-Bucharest (Romania)-Ruse (Bulgaria)

With this  route but you are in EU land all the way.  Approx 2500 kms

Check List

First Aid kit Check List before setting off First Aid kit If traveling through France a breathalyzer kit, spare bulbs, fire extinguisher. Snow chains, winter tyres, ensure your number plate has the GB logo, make sure you have your green card insurance. If you wish to travel through Serbia ensure you are covered with your insurer as to your cover.warning triangle, spare tyre and jack etc and hi vis jackets for every passenger.

Click for more European Travel information

When driving through Austria if you use LPG It is not as readily available as in other countries. Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria sell LPG at most garages.

 How was your journey to Bulgaria?, Tell us any information you may have to help others get here, cheaply and safely


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