Last updated on November 1st, 2022 at 10:33 pm
We will write how to get from Sofia airport to Plovdiv. The distance from Sofia International Airport to Plovdiv is 150 kilometers.
The travel time from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is around 1 hour and 40 minutes by taxi and if you go by bus or train total travel time is 3-4 hours. Click here to book online Rila Monastery Tour
The best way from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is by taxi or private transportation for €60-70. The cheapest way from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is metro and bus and train for €5-7.
SIM CARD AT SOFIA AIRPORT
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WHERE TO STAY IN PLOVDIV
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 PLOVDIV
METRO AND TRAIN SOFIA AIRPORT TO PLOVDIV (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is by metro and train. The Metro from Sofia airport is running every 6-15 minutes starting from 5 30 am until midnight. You will have to go from Sofia airport Metro Line 4 Yellow until Serdika Metro Station where you can transfer the M2 Blue Line after 3 stops you will get to Sofia Central Train Station where you can catch the train going to Plovdiv.
The metro fare is 1.60 BGN which is less than €1 (€0.80 cents) way ticket and the transfer is included with the same ticket. The travel time by metro from Sofia airport to Sofia Central Train Station is around 35 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.
You can get the ticket online and at the train station in Sofia. The travel time by train from Sofia Central Station to Plovdiv Train Station will be around 2 hours 30 minutes up to 4 hours depending on the train. The train fare is only 9 BGN which is only €4.5. The trains are leaving from Sofia train station every 1-2 hours starting at 5 30 am until 10 45 pm.
The fare from Sofia airport to Plovdiv metro plus train will be 10.60 BGN which is €5.30 and the total travel time can be minimum 3 hours up to 5 hours.
SOFIA METRO MAP
BUS SOFIA AIRPORT TO PLOVDIV
The second cheapest way from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is by metro and bus. You will have to get to the Bus Station what is close to Sofia Central Station in the same way that we mentioned above by metro from Sofia airport to Serdika Metro Station where you can transfer the M2 Blue Line after 3 stops you will get to Sofia Central Train Station. You can go walking just 3 minutes distance to Sofia Bus Terminal.
The bus from Sofia Bus Station to Plovdiv is leaving every hour. There are two bus companies Vitosha Express and Karat-S leaving every 1 hour during the day and the travel time is around 2 hours 20 minutes. The bus fare from Sofia to Plovdiv is €6-7.
The fare from Sofia airport to Plovdiv metro plus bus will be €7-8 which is little bit more expensive than the train and the total travel time can be minimum 3 hours up to 4 hours depending on the waiting time leaving the bus.
BY TAXI FROM SOFIA AIRPORT TO PLOVDIV
If you go from Sofia airport to Plovdiv by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is around 1 hour 40 minutes.
The taxi fare from Sofia airport to Plovdiv is 120-140 BGN which is around €60-70. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.
CAR RENTAL AT SOFIA AIRPORT
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 or Plovdiv. It will take you 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to Plovdiv 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 and Plovdiv. Make sure you have a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SOFIA AIRPORT TO PLOVDIV
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 €60 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €15 per person.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN PLOVDIV
A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Plovdiv. 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.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN BULGARIA
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.
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.
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 parts of the country.
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