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How can I navigate the public transportation system in Bulgaria?

Public transportation in Bulgaria is widely available, connecting most of the country through rail and road services. Cities such as Sofia have reliable bus, trolleybus, tram, and metro (subway) network systems, making it easy for residents to get around.

Airports

Bulgaria has four main airports – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas. The airports in Varna and Burgas are located on the Black Sea coast and are most commonly used by tourists traveling to destinations on the north and south coasts. Visitors can take a taxi from the airport to their destination or use public transportation. Sofia airport has a metro line that connects it to the city, making it easy to reach and travel within Sofia.

Railway System

Bulgarian trains typically feature compartments configured with six or eight seats, separated from the wagon aisle by a transparent door. While this provides a more pleasant experience than commuter trains, it may not be as comfortable for longer journeys. Night trains offer sleeper carriages; each coupe has three stacked beds, a sink, and clothing compartments. These newer, more comfortable wagons make them a desirable option for overnight travel.

Busses

Regular bus lines run between bigger and smaller cities. Exploring Bulgaria by bus is convenient for visiting nearby towns and cities. Bus stops can be found at designated bus stations, typically labeled “Avtogara” in Bulgarian. Tickets can be purchased at the station, the operating bus company’s designated department, or the bus driver. Tickets can also be purchased online. Prices can vary depending on the distance but are generally affordable. Planning and buying tickets during peak season is essential, as popular destinations may sell out quickly. The quality of buses can range from modern and comfortable to older and less spacious.

Taxi

Taxis in Bulgaria are relatively affordable during the day, with an average cost of just over EUR 0.6 per kilometer. However, prices can be significantly higher when traveling to and from resorts or airports. Additional fees may also be charged for waiting or hiring a taxi. Prices typically increase by 20% at night. To avoid surprises, it is essential to check the taxi rates before getting in and insists on using a meter. If you are traveling to any of the airports, to save money, we recommend booking a taxi in advance via the hotel desk or place of stay.

Chauffeur Services

Car Sharing

Cycling

Cycling infrastructure is limited and may not be suitable for those living in all city and rural areas.

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