Sofia Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Bulgaria. The airport is just 5km from the city centre. A new runway in 2006 considerably improved the airport’s capacity. A second passenger terminal, built in the same year, has greatly improved things for passengers. Work is underway to bring the city metro to the airport, with work due for completion in 2014. Facilities are quite limited for a capital city airport. There are a couple of snack bar/restaurants, newsagents and a few shops selling souvenirs and duty free.
Sofia is surprisingly well served from the UK in terms of airlines, with an excellent choice of flights from London. Sofia makes an interesting short break destination and the country has built a solid reputation for economical beach holidays on the Black sea and affordable ski holidays. Seasonal flights with tour operators like Thomas and Cook Thomson supplement regular flights with low-cost airlines like EasyJet and Wizz Air. Reliable scheduled flights can be found with British Airways and Bulgaria Air. EasyJet are often the cheapest option. 2012 saw EasyJet operating flights from Manchester, Gatwick and Stansted. Balkan Holidays also offer flights from UK regional airports.
Sofia Airport EAD,
1, Hristofor Columb blvd,
Tel: 359 (2) 937 2211
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Bus route 84 heads for Sofia University and the city centre. Route 384 heads for Mladost 1 metro station and the Mladost area of the city. Both journeys take about 30 minutes. Tickets are available from newsagent kiosks in both terminals. Validate your ticket on the bus.
Taxis are available from both terminals. The short trip into the city should cost around €8. Official prices should be displayed in the taxi.
The most economical flights are with low-cost airlines EasyJet and Wizz Air. Also look out for seasonal charter flights with Thomas Cook and Thomson:
Departure airports typically include Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Birmingham.