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[About Sofia]

Getting Here

Airport

  • Located 10 km (6 miles) east of the city centre, the busy two-terminal airport is linked to the most of the capitals in the world
  • Transport to and from the airport: From Terminal 2 there is a Metro running to center Serdika station, red line- http://www.metrosofia.com/images/sofia-metro-lines-2015-may.png
  • The regular N84 and 284 bus lines cover the route Sofia Airport–Sofia University. Tickets for the bust cost 1 BGN. (this is to be changed to 1,60 lv after 1st of June 2016) O.K. Supertrans is the official cab company for the Sofia Airport.  Avoid taking any other cab company.  If you are in doubt, there is a booth outside of arrivals where an airport employee will direct you to a cab.  A cab ride to the heart of downtown should run around 15 BGN or less than 10 Euro.
  • For further information, consult the Sofia Airport’s website: Sofia Airport

Public Transport

  • Sofia offers cheap and extensive public transport. There are trams, buses, trolley buses as well as a subway. Together these cover most of the city.
  • For information on public transport in Sofia: Sofia Urban Mobility Centre
  • For information on the subway system: Sofia Metropolitan
  • Public transport runs daily from 5:30 to 23:00 for buses and trams.
  • Tickets: single use, for any distance on any metro, tram, bus, or trolley-bus line. Price is 1 BGN(1,60 after 1st of June 2016).
  • Transit Cards: One day, all lines – 4 BGN, Five days, all lines – 15 BGN. Single trip tickets are sold at kiosks and newspaper stands at the major stops or by the driver of the vehicle. You have to punch bus, tram, and trolley-bus tickets inside the vehicle (look for the metal puncher on the walls).
  • If you transfer from one bus/tram/trolley-bus to another, you must use a fresh ticket. If your luggage exceeds the size 60x40x40 you have to punch a second ticket for it. It’s the same if you travel together with your pet. Tickets are inspected at random by ticket inspectors. The fine is 20 BGN and it is paid on the spot to the inspector.

Taxis

Recommended taxi companies are:

  • Yellow Taxi: +359 2 91119
  • OK Supertrans Taxi: +359 2 973 21 21
  • 1 Euro Taxi: +359 2 962 22 26
  • Note: All legal and registered taxi cabs must be yellow and operate by meter. Rates per km (between 0.56 – 0.79 leva) and any starting and call-out charges must by law be displayed on the windows.
  • The names of all streets are written in Cyrillic, which might make finding your bearings harder, therefore if the map is not sufficient, please ask a local to show you the way. English-language maps are available for free in the lobbies of most hotels and hostels as well.

Where to Stay

Hostels

Apartments

Hotels

Where to Eat

Restaurants

  • Kontesa (Try their shkembe chorba, a traditional tripe soup!)
  • Supa Star (Soups and sandwiches)
  • Divaka (Open late)
  • Ugo restaurant (Pizzaria. Also with a large selection of salads)
  • Skara Bar (Grilled meats and salads)
  • Mimas (Doners and falafel to go. A local favorite!)
  • Pod Lipite (Traditional Bulgarian cuisine)

Bars

What to See

Museums and Sights

City Guides

Emergency and Medical Services

Emergency Numbers

  • International Emergency Number: 112
  • Police: 166
  • Traffic Police: 165
  • Fire Brigade: 160
  • Emergency: 150
  • Hospital for Emergency Medicine: 9 154 411

Medical Services

  • It is recommended that you take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover the full period of your stay in the country.
  • If you are EU citizen, you need to take a EHIC with you. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only. You will not be covered for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. The Accident and Emergency Hospital for Sofia is the Pirogov hospital at 21, Gen. Totleben Blvd., opposite the Rodina Hotel (51 531).
  • There is a ward for foreigners in the University Hospital “St. Anna” in Mladost-1 (975 90 00). Your Embassy may be able to refer you to a doctor who speaks your language.

Banks and Exchanging Currency

Exchanging Currency

  • Money can be exchanged safely at most banks and also at reputable exchange bureaus. (Hotels and airports tend to give less favourable rates).
  • Exchange bureaus are required to display clearly the exact exchange rates and they are no longer allowed to charge a commission for money exchange.
  • Before exchanging money, it is best to check what current exchange rates are. You can use an online currency converter for this.

Banking

  • Banking hours run from 08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday. Some banks are open until 17:00. Exchange bureaux are usually open from 09:00 until 17:00 or 18:00 and stay open later in the summer. Some of them are open 24 hours throughout the summer.
  • Sofia has plenty of ATMs, with particular concentration in the city center.
  • Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as in chain stores and luxury goods shops, restaurants, and rent-a-car offices. The most commonly accepted credit cards are Visa, Master Card, Eurocard and in some places American Express and Diners Club.
  • However, Bulgaria is still largely a cash economy and it is not advisable to rely on your credit card. It is recommended that you always carry sufficient cash.

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