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Bulgaria Airports

There are many airports in Bulgaria, and among them, there are 4 international ones: Sofia, Burgas, Varna and Plovdiv airport. Bulgaria airports currently have direct flights serving about 400 different destinations, and apart from regular flights, they're also serving charter flights and helicopters. In this article, you will find useful travel information about Bulgaria's main airports, including details of facilities and transport options from Bulgaria airports.

Sofia Airport (SOF), Bulgaria

Bulgaria airports: Sofia
Sofia airport. Photos by http://www.sofia-airport.bg

The biggest among Bulgaria airports and the main place of entry to the country, located 10 km from Sofia city center. Sofia Airport has 2 terminals and offers a variety of services: car rental, bank offices, ATMs, currency exchange, post office, insurance services, VAT refund, baggage wrapping, prayer-meditation room and parking.

While waiting for your flight at Sofia Airport, you can also enjoy last-minute souvenir shopping in a wide selection of shops, and perhaps grab a snack and drink in a cafeteria, and relax in one of several comfy lounge areas.


Transfer between Terminals 1 and 2 (Sofia Airport)

  • Between 7 am and 7 pm, there is a free shuttle between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (every 30 minutes). If you arrive after 7pm, you will need to request the shuttle service at the information desk;
  • You can also use bus line 84 or taxi to transfer between Terminal 1 and 2;

Transfer options from Sofia Airport to Sofia center

Metro - fast and cheap way to Sofia and Sofia Business Park!

The metro station at Sofia Airport (Line 1) is situated next to Terminal 2. A single ticket costs only 1.60 lev (0.8 euro) and is valid for all the metro lines. You can buy a ticket at the metro station from a ticket machine or a cashier (in Bulgarian currency). The metro runs from 5.30 a.m. till midnight all year round, and the journey to the city center takes about 18 minutes.

To get to the Sofia Central Bus Station and the nearest Train Station, remember to change at Serdika Metro Station to Line 2.


Bus - line 84 and 384

There are two bus lines serving Sofia Airport:

01Line 84 (Sofia Airport - Sofia Centre) - runs from 5 a.m. till around midnight during weekdays (until about 11 p.m. on weekends/holidays); it takes 30-40 minutes to reach Sofia center.

If you want to do some sightseeing or change to metro or different buses, remember to get out at the bus stop by Sofia University (bulg. Софийски университет).

02Line 384 (Sofia Airport - Druzhba Metro Station) - runs from about 6 a.m. till about 11 p.m.

Bus tickets can be purchased (only in Bulgarian currency) from the kiosks at Terminal 1 and 2 or from the ticket machine in the Arrivals at Terminal 1.

More information about the bus routes: http://www.sofia-airport.bg/en/passengers/and-airport/public-transport.


Taxi - 'OK Supertrans' and 'Kiwi Taxi'

03Taxis are in front of the west exit from Terminal 1 and 2. Taxi services at Sofia Airport are provided by 'OK Supertrans'. Their office is located at the Arrivals in Terminal 1 and 2, and you can book your taxi there, or just catch it in front of terminals. Also, our partner 'Kiwi Taxi', provides safe and reliable transfers anywhere in Bulgaria. 

Contact details: Taxi 'OK Supertrans'; tel. (+359 2) 973 21 21;  http://www.oktaxi.net or Kiwi Taxi;

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Car rental - the selection of providers

04Car rental offices at Sofia Airport are situated in the Arrivals (Terminal 1 and 2), past customs control. However, most providers have offices at Terminal 2. 

Sofia Airport has a partnership with a variety of providers: Choice Rent A Car, Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Enterprise Rent a Car Bulgaria, Budget, Hertz, Avtojet, Moto Pfohe, Tany 97, Thrifty, Firefly and Gates Car Hire. Contact details: http://www.sofia-airport.bg/en/passengers/and-airport/car-rental or search rental cars at one place please visit our page - Cheap Car Rentals Deals


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Burgas Airport (BOJ), Bulgaria

The second-largest among Bulgaria airports, situated about 10 km away from Burgas city center. Burgas Airport serves southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast with its seaside resorts (e.g. Sunny Beach or Nesebar), and the 4th largest city in Bulgaria - Burgas.

There is one active Terminal 2 at Burgas airport and a variety of services to make your flight experience pleasant: duty-free shopping, cafeterias, snack bars, currency exchange, bank, first-aid and medical care, travel agency, parking, and comfy VIP lounge.

Burgas Airport also serves the needs of youngest travelers and their parents, as there are a special 'Mother and Care' area and 'Kids' Area' with open-air playground situated after security check.


Transfer options from Burgas Airport

Bus - line 15

01A bus stop at Burgas Airport is located right in front of the Departures Terminal. Hop on the bus line 15 to get to Burgas center and central bus station.

From Burgas bus station you can catch a bus to Sunny Beach and various seaside resorts: Sozopol, Tsarevo, Kiten, Pomorie, Aheloy, Ravda, Nessebar, Varna, and other resorts south or north of Burgas. Ticket cost: 1 - 14 leva (depending on the distance e.g. to Varna - 14 leva).

Useful links:

Taxi - 'Eko Taxi' and 'Kiwi Taxi'

02You can catch a taxi right in front of the Arrivals Terminal at Burgas Airport. There are many taxi providers at the airport, but 'Eko Taxi' is the official taxi provider at Burgas Airport. They have an office at the airport open 24/7, and you can book your taxi there or online. Also, our partner 'Transfer Bulgaria', provides safe and reliable transfers anywhere in Bulgaria.

Contact details: 'Eko Taxi'; tel. +359 56 872 777; http://www.ekotaxiburgas.com/transfers-burgas-airportTransfer Bulgaria; tel. +359 878 858 974, +44 20 8144 0801.

The market price for taxi services is similar, e.g. service from Burgas Airport to Sunny Beach will cost you 60 BGN (and 50 BGN back to the airport). If you use a different taxi provider than 'Eko Taxi', make sure it has a license, and a working meter indicating the price.

Other taxi services: Kiwi Taxi

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Car rental providers

03At Burgas Airport you can rent a car from a variety of providers: National, Enterprise, Europcar, Top Rent a Car, Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Easy Rent, Budget. All of them have their offices at the Arrivals Terminal.

Although there are so many car rental providers at Burgas Airport, we recommend that you make a reservation in advance, during the busy summer season. Be careful with car-rental companies that require only very small pre-payment fees. When they get overbooked at some point, there is a chance that they won't live up to the contract. To search for rental cars all at one place please visit our page - Cheap Car Rentals Deals


Burgas Airport - useful details

  • Code: BOJ;
  • Website: http://burgas-airport.bg;
  • Phone: +359 56 870 248;
  • Location: Longitude: 27° 30' 54'' E; Latitude: 42° 34' 10'' N.

Varna Airport (VAR), Bulgaria

The third largest among Bulgaria airports, situated 10 km from the center of Varna - the sea capital of Bulgaria and the third-largest city in the country. Varna Airport is a popular destination during the summer season, and apart from Varna, it also serves north-eastern Bulgaria.

There are 2 active terminals at Varna Airport, offering a variety of services: banking, currency exchange, ticket/travel agency, VIP services, car rental, baggage wrapping, first aid facility, 'Mother and Care' room and parking.

While waiting for your flight at Varna Airport, you can also enjoy some duty-free shopping and have a drink or a bite in one of the cafeterias, or a bar with a large outdoor terrace where you can enjoy some fresh air before your take-off.


Transfer options from Varna Airport

Bus - line number 409

01The bus stop at Varna Airport is situated in front of Terminal 2. Bus nr 409 will take you to Golden Sands resort and Varna Bus Station - here, you can catch buses to other resorts and cities.

  • Bus nr 409 routes: Varna Airport - Mall Varna - Varna Bus Station - Varna City Centre (the Cathedral) - Golden Sands;
  • Departures: every 15 minutes. The ticket can be bought on the bus and it costs 1 - 3 leva (depending on the distance). Travel time to Varna center is about 20 minutes and to Golden Sands 50 minutes.
Buses from Varna center to other resorts

Bus transport within the city is available from 5:45 to 23:00, every 15 minutes and tickets can be purchased on the bus.

  • Bus nr 8 - route: Resort St. Constantine and Helena - Marek - Evksinograd - Stambolijski - Trakata - Studentska - Pochivka - Sveti Nikola - Delfinarium - Akaciite - Sportna zala - Akademiyata - Sevastopol (Municipality Varna) - Varna center (Cathedral) and back the same way.

Departure: every 40 minutes. Price: 1.60 leva.


  • Bus nr 109 - route: Varna - Euxinograd (bulg: Евксиноград ) – Sunny Day (bulg. Слънчев Ден - kurort) – Golden Sands (bulg. Златни Пясъци) – Varna;
  • Buses to resorts and cities in southern Bulgaria: to Byala, Obzor, Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Pomorie, Burgas are available from 6:30 am, every 30 minutes.

Useful links with timetables: http://www.gtvarna.com/en, http://www.bgrazpisanie.com/en, http://avtogari.info/ and http://www.autogaravn.com


Taxi - 'OK Trans Taxi' and 'Kiwi Taxi

02The official taxi provider at Varna Airport is 'OK Trans Taxi', available 24/7, with their office at the Arrivals in Terminal 2. You can book your taxi there, at the taxi rank or in advance over the phone or the internet. Contact details: 'OK Trans Taxi'; tel. +359 886 388 388; http://en.oktaxivarna.com.

Also, our partner "Kiwi Taxi", provides safe and reliable transfers anywhere in Bulgaria.

Trips from Varna Airport to the city center take about 20 minutes and will cost you between 7 - 15 leva, depending on the taxi provider. When using different taxi providers ensure that they have a working meter or agree on a price with the driver before departure.

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Car rentals at Varna airport

03At Varna Airport following car rental providers have their offices at the Arrivals: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Top Rent a Car, Sixt, Hertz. Thrifty and Choice Rent a Car. Despite many providers, booking a car in advance during the busy summer season is advisable.

Precautions required for car-rental companies that require very small pre-payment fees: when they get overbooked, there is a chance that they won't live up to the contract.

More about car rental at Varna Airport: Rent a car, Varna airport


Varna Airport - useful details

  • Code: VAR;
  • Website: Varna airport website;
  • Phone: +359 (0)52 573323;
  • Location: Longitude: 27° 49' 32'' E; Latitude: 43° 13' 57'' N.

Plovdiv Airport (PDV), Bulgaria

Bulgaria airports: Plovdiv
Plovdiv airport. Photo by http://www.plovdivairport.com/en

Fourth busiest Bulgarian airport, situated 12 km from Plovdiv - called the oldest city in Europe and it's the second biggest city in Bulgaria. In fact, Plovdiv is also the cultural capital of Bulgaria. Plovdiv Airport is also often called as Plovdiv Krumovo Airport, after a small nearby village. Due to its convenient location, nested nearby famous Bulgarian ski resorts of Bansko, Pamporovo, and Borovets, Plovdiv Airport is primarily active during the winter months, serving charter flights.

Facilities at the Plovdiv airport include baggage wrapping, Orthodox chapel, ATM, free Wi-Fi, small duty-free shop, cafés, baby changing rooms, PRM assistants, business lounge and parking.

While you are on the way to/from the airport, you might want to visit nearby Aviation Museum with a substantial collection of airplanes both modern and older ones (e.g. from cold war). Museum opening times: Wednesday - Sunday from 9:00 - 17:00 (until 16:00 in wintertime). Website: Aviation Museum Plovdiv airport


Transfer options from Plovdiv Airport

Taxi - the selection of providers

01Taxi service from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv will cost about 15- 20 leva. Available taxi services at Plovdiv Airport are:

ProviderPhone nrWebsite
Kiwi Taxi https://kiwitaxi.com/en/bulgaria
Viailet Taxi+359 (0)32 6160http://viailet.com/
Taxi 1+359 (0)32 1912http://www.taxi1.bg/
Perfect Taxi+359 (0)32  6112http://plovdivtaxi.com/
Eco Taxi+359 (0)32 6155Eko Taxi Plovdiv

Car rental - the selection of providers

02There are following car rental providers available within the vicinity of Plovdiv Airport:

ProviderPhone nrWebsite
Hertz+359-899-855-032http://www.hertz.bg/RentACar
Choice Rent A Car+359-887-785-665http://www.choice-rent.com
Firefly Car Rental+359-2-474-0177http://www.fireflycarrental.bg
Thrifty+359-887-503-030https://www.thrifty.com

Airport - useful details