How To Get From Sofia Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 02:43 pm

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We will write how to get from Sofia airport to city center. The distance from Sofia International Airport to city center is 12 kilometers and the travel time from Sofia airport to city is around 20 minutes by taxi and if you go by bus 30-40 minutes. The best way from Sofia airport to city is by metro around 25 minutes for 1.60 BGN which is less than €1 (only 80 cents of euro).

The cheapest way from Sofia airport to city center is by bus and metro for 1.60 BGN which is less than €1. If you go by taxi will be around €9. You can also rent a car in Sofia airport or get a private transfer. Read here Bulgaria sim card for tourist and how to get from Sofia airport to Plovdiv.

SOFIA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

METRO SOFIA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (BEST WAY)

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The best way from Sofia airport to city center is by metro. The Metro from Sofia airport to city center is running every 6-15 minutes starting from 5 30 am until midnight. The metro fare is 1.60 BGN which is less than €1 (€0.80 cents) way ticket and you can transfer the Metro Line in Sofia city center with the same ticket. The travel time by metro from Sofia airport to city is around 25 minutes.

You can buy the tickets in the vending machines at the airport and you will find the metro at Terminal 2. If you are getting at Terminal 1 you will have to ride a free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 every 15 minutes starting at 5 am until 11 pm. It will take only 8 minutes to get from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Sofia airport.

The metro from Sofia airport will take you direct to Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and Serdika where you can transfer the M2 Blue Line if you need. Or just go walking or by taxi to your hotel or Airbnb in Sofia. You can also buy a 24 hours metro ticket, bus and tram for 4 BGN which is €2 just in case you are planning to move around Sofia by metro.

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PUBLIC BUS SOFIA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way is by bus from Sofia airport to city center. The bus from Sofia airport to city center is a great option if you are getting to Terminal 1 since to take the metro you should take a free shuttle to Terminal 2. You can get the bus at Sofia airport in both Terminal 1 and 2.

There are two Buses going from Sofia airport to city Bus Number 84 and Bus Number 184. The buses are running every 20-30 minutes starting from 5 30 am to 11 30 pm. The bus fare is 1.60 BGN which is €0.80. You can buy the tickets at the kiosk in the airport or direct to the bus driver. Make sure you are bringing local currency.

The bus travel time from Sofia airport to city at the final stop General Gurko Street is around 35-45 minutes depending on the traffic. Both of them are passing by Christopher Columbus Blvd. and Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd.

You can also buy a 24 hours metro ticket, bus and tram for 4 BGN which is €2 just in case you are planning to move around Sofia by metro.

Bus Number 384

The Bus Number 384 is passing by the airport from Druzhba 2 District. Just in case you are going in this direction. You can get the metro at Druzhba Metro station with the Bus Number 384. Buses are running every 30 minutes starting 6 am until 11 pm.

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BY TAXI SOFIA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Sofia airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 20 minutes and the taxi fare from Sofia airport to city center is 18 BGN which is around €9. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

CAR RENTAL AT SOFIA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Sofia’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Sofia. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Sofia from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for €25-30 per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Sofia. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Sofia.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SOFIA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Sofia. Prices are around €50 and you will be able to fit up to 8 people. It could be €6 per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SOFIA

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A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Sofia. Where you can sleep in a dorm room or a room from €10-15, while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as €40. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from €80. 

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN BULGARIA

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Food budget travel in Bulgaria can be €10-15 daily. You should probably try kebabs starting from €2. You can find street food in Bulgaria pastries and bread for €1-2. There are fine restaurants where you can a three course meal for €10 in Bulgaria.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT IN BULGARIA

The weather in Bulgaria varies from time to time so better be prepared for the sudden change of weather during your stay.  The best time to visit Bulgaria are the months of April-June (Spring) and September-October (Autumn) where the weather isn’t so warm and so cold and prices are great since it’s not peak season.

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CASH AND ATMS IN BULGARIA

The currency used all throughout Bulgaria is Bulgarian Leva. The exact currency of Euro to Bulgarian Leva is A €1 = 2 BGN. You can use debit cards everywhere in Bulgaria in hotels and restaurants but you should use cash for local markets and street vendors. ATM’s are available and accessible in all part of the country.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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