Public transit in Sofia is a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city.
BUSES, TRAMS AND TROLLEYS IN SOFIA
Sofia's buses, trams and troleys run on a regular schedule and will take you almost anywhere. Some of the vehicles might even take you back in time.
Indeed, many of the trams clattering down the streets of Sofia are over 50 years old and though very popular with photographers, make for somewhat uncomfortable ride. Luckily most of the buses and troleys are considerably newer and more comfortable.
Talks of introducing an electronic ticketing system, mobile apps and city-wide pass have been going on for quite a while, but in 2017 the ticketing system in Sofia is still archaic and requires an elaboate procedure of purchasing a paper ticket with cash (only!) and physically punching it on a metal machine mounted in the vehicles.
Tickets can be bought from the driver (with exact cash) or from a ticket machine on-board (only in trams and trolleys and with coins only).
It is best to embark prepared. Most of the major stops have a small ticket kiosk. You can enter the vehicle from any door, punch your ticket in the metal machine mounted to the wall and keep it until you get off.
Oversized luggage should also be ticketed.
The fine for riding without a ticket is 40 lv (€ 20.00). Also valid for oversized luggage.
Public Transit Schedule in Sofia
Most public transport becomes scarce after 10 pm and stops between 11 pm and 5.30 am. There are no night buses in Sofia.
Buses, trams and troleys are less frequent over the weekend and on national holidays.
- Ticket /bilet/: 1.60 lv (€ 0.80)
- 10 rides one passenger /talon za deset patuvania/: 12.00 lv (€ 6.00)
Must be used in sequence and one at a time! Cannot be used by two people on the same bus/tram! Can be used for a passenger and luggage simultaneously.
- Daily pass /ednodnevna karta/: 4.00 lv (€ 2.00)
Here is a list of locations where you can buy tickets, daily passes and electronic metro cards.
Learn more about Sofia Public Transit.
METRO IN SOFIA
Sofia metro operates 2 lines that intersect at Serdica Metro Station.
Line 1 splits at Mladost 1 station with half of the trains heading to Sofia Airport and half to Business Park Sofia.
A third metro line is currently under construction.
Metro station "Serdica" is where lines 1 and 2 intersect.
Buying Tickets for the Metro in Sofia
The metro operates with separate tickets that are not valid for the other modes of public transportation.
Tickets are only sold at the metro stations at cash-only ticket machines or at a manned ticket booth (again cash-only)!
The tickets are only valid up to 30 min after purchase.
Schedule of the Metro
The Metro runs from 5 am to 11.30 pm at intevals of 5 to 15 minutes.
Ticket Prices for Sofia Metro
- Ticket /bilet/: 1.60 lv (€ 0.8)
- Metro Pass: 12.00 lv (€ 6.00) for every 10 rides + 4.00 lv (€ 2.00) one-time, nonrefundable fee.