Sofia Airport was built in the late 1930s, but has recently undergone a revamp with the addition of the modern Terminal 2. The airport is a central hub for many Eastern European carriers and serves over three 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 simply the Byzantine beauty of Sofia.
The airport is situated six miles (10km) east of Sofia.
Getting to the city
Regular bus services 84 and 384 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 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. Note that a five to 10 percent tip is expected. Taxi drivers are happy to accept both US Dollars and Euros. If no taxis are available, passengers can request one at the taxi desks located within the arrivals halls.
Transfer between terminals
A shuttle operates between the terminals at 30-minute intervals from 7am to 8pm. Outside this time period, inter-terminal transfers can be requested at the Tourist Information desks in Terminals 1 and 2.
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.
US$20 (nationals of the USA only).
Major carriers, including Aeroflot, Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, easyJet, Lufthansa, Olympic Air, Qatar Airways, Swiss Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer regular flights to Sofia Airport. Charter flights to Sofia can be booked through Thomas Cook, Thomson, Monarch, Bulgaria Air and Air Europa.
Wifi is available throughout the terminals and business lounges.
VIP Lounge as well as the Sofia Lounge. 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.