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How To Get From Sofia Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways (Updated 2022)

Last updated on November 1st, 2022 at 10:32 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.

The travel time from Sofia airport to downtown is around 20 minutes by taxi and if you go by bus 30-40 minutes. Click here to book onlineSofia activities and day trips

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 that can be cheaper than a taxi.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SOFIA

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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SOFIA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

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 SOFIA 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 Sofia 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 Terminals 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 downtown 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

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 Bus Number 384. Buses are running every 30 minutes starting 6 am until 11 pm.

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BY TAXI FROM SOFIA AIRPORT TO SOFIA 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 from Sofia airport to city center is around 20 minutes

The taxi fare from Sofia airport to downtown is 18 BGN which is around €9. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend 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 in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for €25-30 per day.

Car rental options 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 a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Sofia.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SOFIA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

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 €40 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €10 per person.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SOFIA

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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 have 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 is the months of April-June (Spring) and September-October (Autumn) when 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 the 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. ATMs are available and accessible in all part of the country.

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Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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