The only airport in Sofia, Sofia International Airport welcomes no more than 50 flights on a typical day. While this makes border control and customs clearance feel like a breeze, it also makes it a little harder to find convenient and cheap flights to Sofia, Bulgaria.
FINDING A CHEAP TICKET TO SOFIA
The universal rules of air travel apply; whether using budget airlines, booking in advance, keeping an eye on deals and allowing some flexibility with the dates.
Peak periods include Christmas to early January and the summer months.
There are direct daily flights from most (though not all) European capitals and major European airports, as well as several destinations in the Middle East.
There are no direct flights from North America and most of Asia.
European and North American connecting flights go via one of Europe’s bigger airports, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Munich, while travelers from Asia typically transfer in Doha on Quatar Airways or Istanbul on Turkish Airlines .
When booking your ticket to Sofia make sure that you have more than enough time to transfer. Most airlines fly to Sofia only once a day, some not even every day. A missed flight to Sofia often means a night at the airport.
Bulgaria Air is Bulgaria’s national carrier and the only Bulgarian airline. It operates a small fleet of aged aircrafts, but onboard services are reasonable for prices that rival low-cost airlines.
The airline is flexible with luggage and, unlike low-cost carriers, lands at major airports at all destinations.
Bulgaria Air plane
LOW COST FLIGHTS TO SOFIA
Budget airlines flying in and out of Sofia include:
- Wizz Air
The Hungary-based low-fare airline connects Sofia with close to 20 European destinations including London Luton Airport with flights several times per week.
Other destinations include Tel Aviv /2 days per week/ and Dubai /3 days per week/.
- Easy Jet
The British low cost carrier and one of the main budget airlines in Europe connects Sofia with London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester and Berlin Schoenefeld /2 flights per week/.
- Air Berlin
This budget airline connects Sofia with Berlin Tegel Airport
- Fly Dubai
Starting December 2014, the Dubai based low cost carrier will operate 2 weekly flights from Dubai to Sofia.
All low-cost carriers operate from Sofia Airport Terminal 1.
Remember to check the specific baggage allowance of each airlines before booking your flight.