Sofia Airport Guide (SOF)
Code: SOFNo. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +359Timezone: GMT ++02:00
Sofia Airport, 1 Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Sofia 1540, Bulgaria
Sofia Airport is located 10km (6 miles) east of Sofia.
+359 2 937 2211.
Sofia Airport is Bulgaria's busiest airport and is the main airport serving the capital city, Sofia. Browse our Sofia Airport guide for information on terminal facilities, transport options and contact details.
An extension to the Sofia Metro Line 1, creating a direct connection between the airport’s Terminal 2 and the city centre, became operational in April 2015.
There are information desks in both terminals (tel: +359 2 937 2211 for departures; tel: +359 2 937 2212 for arrivals).
A free shuttle service takes travellers between the two passenger terminals, which are about 3km (2 miles) apart, every 30 minutes from 0700-1900. Taxis are another option.
Starting from Orlov Most (the bridge at the centre of the city), drive eastwards towards Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard and follow signs first to Hristofor Columb Boulevard and then to the airport.
The newly extended Metro Line 1 (www.razpisanie.bdz.bg) connects the airport with the city centre via Druzhba and Mladost (journey time: 18 minutes). The metro station at Sofia Airport is located in the eastern part of Terminal 2.
Bus:Sofia Public Transport Company (SKGT) (tel: +359 700 13233; www.sofiatraffic.bg) operates two buses serving Sofia Airport. Both run between the airport’s two terminals and the university in the city centre, albeit following different routes (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: лв1). The buses operate from 0500 to 2300, with regular services during the day. Tickets, which should be validated using machines on the bus, are available from the newsagents in both terminals.
Shuttle:Several of the bigger hotels provide shuttle buses to or from the airport.
Taxi:The best way to ensure a reliable taxi service to the city centre is to book in advance. OK Supertrans (tel: +359 973 2121; www.oktaxi.net) has a desk in the arrivals hall. The metered fare to central Sofia is around лв10 - it is advisable to check that the meter is running.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Sofia Airport. Additionally, a post office is located in Departures.
There are cafés serving a range of drinks, light meals and snacks both before and after the security area in Terminal 1. Terminal 2 has greater options, including a restaurant offering a variety of international dishes, sandwiches, salads, soft drinks, beer and wine in the departures area.
There are several shops at Sofia Airport, including a duty-free shop (for travellers leaving the EU) in Terminal 2 selling alcohol, tobacco, toiletries, cosmetics, accessories and much more. Additionally, there is a shop selling Bulgarian wines and other alcoholic beverages, as well as a number of souvenir and gift shops.
Lost and found offices are located in both terminals (tel: +359 2 937 2710). Luggage wrapping facilities are available in the departures area.
There are baby changing rooms in the public areas and in the transit halls. Children's play areas are located on the first floor of Terminal 2 and in the transit hall. Sofia Airport also has a first aid centre with an on-call doctor (tel: +359 2 937 2146). There are visitors' terraces at both terminals.
A VIP lounge (tel: +359 2 937 2192) with a capacity of 120 seats is located in the transit area of the departures hall in Terminal 1 – reservations should be made in advance. Copying and fax services, internet access and newspapers and magazines are available in the lounge. To gain access, travellers require a special invitation card issued by their airline at the check-in desk.
There are an additional two business lounges in Terminal 2, which house computer, fax and photocopying facilities.
Terminal 1 has sloped entry to the car park for wheelchair users and there are designated parking spaces reserved for disabled passengers. There are also specialised toilets and a lift to the business class lounge in the terminal.
Terminal 2 was designed with special attention to disabled passengers. Access between the various levels of the multi-storey car park is facilitated by lifts and escalators, and there are adapted toilets for wheelchair users. Sofia Airport also has facilities to aid the boarding or disembarkation of disabled travellers: these should be requested in advance (tel: +359 2 937 2175).
A large car park with spaces for up to 400 vehicles is located in front of Terminal 1. A multi-storey parking area provides an additional 800 parking spaces – this is linked to the departures area of Terminal 2. These two car parks, which offer short- and long-term parking options, are open 24 hours a day.
Car hire companies at Sofia Airport include: Avis, Budget, Choice, Europcar, Sixt and Thrifty, plus local operators. Desks for these operators are located in both terminals.