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TRAVEL TIPS

FROM SOFIA TO PLOVDIV

Sofia and Plovdiv are just 140 km with fast and accessible transportation between them. See some options:

Sofia – Plovdiv by TAXI or shuttle:

Some websites we recommend for direct transfer by car from Sofia to Plovdiv:

Estimated time for travel: ~ 1hr 40min

Price for the route: ~ 50-70 EUR Total

Sofia – Plovdiv by BUS:

  • Going from Sofia Airport to the Central Bus Station by Metro.
  1.     Sofia Airport Metro Station is located in the eastern part of Terminal 2. If you arrive at Terminal 1, there is a free shuttle transportation to Terminal 2. Shuttle bus stops are located in front of the terminal buildings. More details available here: https://freesofiatour.com/blog/sofia-airport-city-center/
  2.     Take the Metro line 1 from Sofia Airport Station to Serdika Station. Then change lines. Take line 2 for two stops from Serdika to The Central Railway Station.
  3.     The Bus Station is located just next to the Railway Station. Buses to Plovdiv depart every hour up until 8 PM. Bus schedule available here: https://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/index.php?mod=0461ebd2b773878eac9f78a891912d65

Estimated time for travel: ~ 30 min by Metro + 2 hrs drive by bus

Estimated price: 1.60 lv / 0.8 EUR for subway ticket + ~14 lv / 7 EUR for bus ticket 

 

  • Going from Sofia Airport to the Central Bus Station by Taxi:
  1.     There are taxi stands in front of the arrival section of each terminal. We highly recommend that you take a cap only from the designated taxi stands and politely ignore any individual offers for a drive on your way out. Info about taxi tariffs in Sofia available here: https://freesofiatour.com/blog/taking-taxi-sofia/
  2.     At the Bus Station, buses to Plovdiv depart every hour up until 8 PM. Take a look at bus schedule: https://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/index.php?mod=0461ebd2b773878eac9f78a891912d65

Estimated time for travel: ~15-20 min by taxi + 2hrs drive by bus

Estimated price: ~ 14-16 lv / 7-8. EUR for taxi drive + ~14 lv / 7 EUR for bus ticket 

ACCOMODATION

HOSTELS
Dorm rooms with 6-8 beds are about 20 BGN (10EUR) per night. Private rooms that sleep 2 range are about 55 BGN (27EUR) per night. Most hostels include linens, WiFi, and breakfast in the price.

HOTELS
Rates for a centrally-located double room with a bathroom at a 1-2 star hotel start at 50 BGN(25EUR) per night. Most offer free WiFi and many offer free breakfast. On Airbnb, shared rooms start around 18 BGN (9EUR) per night and average about 25 BGN (13 EUR) per night. Entire homes start around 45 BGN (22EUR) per night and average about 60 BGN (30EUR) per night.

PLOVDIV TIPS

A miraculous city of artists, Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. For many years, it has been the center of attraction for thousands of travelers. The city, indeed, has much to offer to its guests – unique historical landmarks, ultra-modern entertainment complexes, magnificent nature, and the inimitable national heritage of the area. Plovdiv has an incredibly large number of historical landmarks – there are more than 200 sites that have the status of landmarks of the national importance. Due to the diverse opprotunities for tourism, the city has been listed in a number of prestigious ranks, among which European Best Destinations 2016.
In 2019 Plovdiv will be European Capital of Culture.

Suggested daily budget 60 BGN / 30 EUR

FOOD - The cheapest fast food can be between 1.8-3.6 BGN (2 EUR) along the main street. There are plenty of places offering pizza, traditional food, and kebabs. Fairly affordable, low-end restaurants will cost between 10-18 BGN (5-9 EUR) for a full meal (salad, main course, dessert, drink).

TRANSPORT - The city center of Plovdiv is pretty walkable, but there’s also good coverage for taxis and buses. Public bus tickets cost around 1-2 BGN (1 EUR). An average taxi ride within the city costs around 3.6 BGN (2 EUR). We recommend using the app - TaxiMe (www.taxime.to)

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