Sofia Airport was built in the late 1930s and is a central hub for many Eastern European carriers, serving over four million passengers annually. Daily flights are available to London as well as cities across Europe. The airport is the largest airport in Bulgaria and houses a great selection of shops and restaurants. It is also the best airport to use when visiting the Black Sea Resorts, Balkan Mountains, or the Byzantine beauty of the capital, Sofia.
The airport is situated six miles (10km) east of Sofia.
Getting to the city
Regular bus services 84 and 184 run on a frequent schedule day and night from the bus station close to Arrivals. Passengers will have to pay extra for large pieces of luggage. The journey takes around 40 minutes on weekdays, and is slightly faster on weekends and holidays. Most hotels and tourist resorts run their own airport shuttles.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the end of March to the end of October).
Tel: +359 (0)2 937 2211/2 (international flights departures and arrivals).
Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and Sixt have desks located in the arrivals hall.
Taxis are available, and passengers are advised to use OK Supertrans taxis from outside the arrivals hall. Their enquiries desk is located inside the arrivals hall of both terminals. If no taxis are available, passengers can request one at the taxi desks located within the arrivals halls.
Transfer between terminals
A free shuttle operates between the terminals at 30-minute intervals from 7am to 7pm.
The airport is well equipped with banks, currency exchange, ATMs, restaurants, cafeterias and bars, duty-free shopping, a chemist, travel agency, tourist information desk and first aid facilities. There is also a business lounge with internet access, and a luggage-wrapping machine at departures.
Parking at Terminal 1 is in an open lot, and costs BGN 2 for 20 minutes, BGN 3 for an hour, BGN 6 for two hours, BGN 9 for three hours, escalating to BGN 30 for 24 hours; each additional day is BGN 10. Payment is made at the cash desk at the car park exit. Parking at Terminal 2 is in a parking garage, and charges similar rates; payment is made at the machine by the elevators, or the adjacent pay desk.
Airlines include Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Onur Air, Qatar Airways, BH Air and Lufthansa.
WiFi is available throughout the terminals and business lounges.
The airport offers the VIP Lounge, Sofia Lounge, Lounge Pliska and Lounge Preslav. Facilities available at these lounges include printing, copying, faxing, computers, press conference capabilities and interviewing rooms.
Sofia Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.