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Travel to Bulgaria

Flying to Bulgaria

The national airline is Bulgaria Air (www.air.bg). British Airways (www.ba.com), easyJet (www.easyjet.com), Ryanair (ryanair.com) and Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com) also operate direct flights from the UK. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Major airports are: Sofia Airport, Burgas Airport and Varna International Airport.

Airport Guides

Sofia Airport

Code

SOF

Location

Sofia Airport is located 10km (6 miles) east of Sofia.

Tel

+359 2 937 2211.

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Varna International Airport

Code

VAR

Location

Varna Airport is located 8km (5 miles) to the west of Varna, a Black Sea resort in eastern Bulgaria.

Tel

+359 52 573 323.

Address

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Bourgas Airport

Code

BOJ

Location

The airport is 13km (8 miles) from the city.

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Burgas Airport

Code

BOJ

Location

Burgas Airport is located 10km (6.2 miles) northeast of central Burgas.

Tel

+359 56 870 248

Address

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Flight times

From London - 3 hours; New York - 11 hours (including stopover).

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Bulgaria by Rail

There are frequent services between Sofia and Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest. For details contact the Bulgarian State Railway, Balgarski Darzhavni Zheleznitsi (www.bdz.bg).

Rail passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. A One-Country Pass cannot be used in the passenger's country of residence. Reductions are available for travellers under 26. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).

Driving to Bulgaria

Getting to Bulgaria by boat

Main ports: Bourgas (www.port-burgas) and Varna (www.port-varna.bg) on the Black Sea.

Ferry operators

There is now a bridge – The New Europe Bridge – that was opened in June 2013 that connects these two points.

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