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Getting Around in SOFIA

Metro: With its efficient and developed Metro system operating from 5:00 am to 12:00 am, Sofia city is easily accessible from length to breadth. The two lines (Red M1 and Blue M2) connect the city center with the southeastern end of the city till the central train station through Lomsko Shose. .

Tram: As many as 15 tram lines operate throughout the city, carrying visitors through most of the city’s landmarks while offering splendid glimpses of the city’s buildings, lifestyle and natural sceneries.

Bus: A total of 93 bus lines operate to and fro from the city’s central bus station and the bordering villages, offering travelers the perfect chance of exploring this beautiful city on the go.

Taxi: Call or catch the yellow coloured taxis and zip past the city roads at marginable rates within the city. Several taxi companies like OK Supertrans, Yellow Taxi, and Radio CV Taxi offer quality services with efficient drivers and luxurious taxis.

Bike: Ride a bike through the streets of one of the greenest cities in Europe. The slow and organised traffic in downtown Sofia make it a perfect setting for tourists to explore the city on wheels, especially on the designated bike paths in Mladost, Hipodruma and Nadezhda districts.

Walk: With several designated underpasses, pedestrian pathways and crossings, Sofia is a pedestrian friendly city with well-mannered drivers obeying traffic rules. Taking a stroll across the city is a perfect way to discover the major landmarks, which are all situated at a close distance from one another.

How to Reach SOFIA

By Air

The Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport is well-connected with most of the prominent European cities like Paris, London, Munich, Rome, Amsterdam and more. Located in the eastern zone of the city, the airport is only a 10 km drive from the city’s center. The public bus on line 84 shuttles between the T1 and T2 Terminals of the airport, to the city center.

By Road

The Central Bus station or the Avtogara runs frequent buses under the public bus company ‘MATPU’ to major cities like Istanbul, Vienna, Belgrade, Macedonia and Athens.

Apart from the regulated taxis and limos plying from the airport to Sofia’s city center, the city is easily accessible by car or taxi from various neighboring cities like Kalotina on the Bulgaria-Serbia border, Burgas on the Black Sea, Macedonia via Kiustendil, and the central European belt of Slovenia-Serbia-Croatia and Serbia-Hungary. 

By Rail

The city’s major railway station Tsentralna Gara is well-connected with major European cities like Belgrade, Moscow, Kiev, Vienna, and Bucharest, with trains running frequently and managed efficiently by the Bulgarian State Railways.

Visa Requirements for BULGARIA

To enter Bulgaria, citizens of UAE do not require a visa for a stay of 90 days within a 6-month period starting from the date of issue of the visa. Citizens of the other Middle Eastern countries which are not a part of the UAE require a visa to enter the country unless they hold a valid Schengen Visa or a valid visa issued by Romania, Croatia, and Cyprus.

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