Sofia Airport (code SOF) is the biggest Bulgarian airport. Though, small and manageable compared to the global airline hubs - on a normal day approximately 70 flights land in Sofia - Sofia Airport in rapidly overgrowing its capacity. Frequent security line bottlenecks make the usual two-hours-in-advance recommendation an absolute must.
DISTANCE FROM SOFIA AIPORT TO THE CITY CENTRE
The airport in Sofia is just 10 km from the city center.
Indeed, it will take you several days in Sofia to get used to the sight of planes descending for landing barely above some fo the most iconic buildings in the city's central part.
TERMINALS AT SOFIA AIRPORT
Sofia Airport operates two terminals.
Sofia Airport Terminal 1 (also known as the the old terminal) services most domestic flights and low cost airlines. Terminal 1 was built in the 1970's and little has changed since.
With close to 50% of the passengers at Sofia Airport now flying out or to Terminal 1, the terminal's various inadequasies are becoming apparent. Expect an overcrowded departures area with no place to sit, limited shopping and food and beverage options, long lines at security and insufficient parking space.
There is no access to the Metro from Terminal 1.
Terminal 2 (or the new terminal) welcomes passengers of full service airlines and, as of recently, all passangers of the low-cost Ryan Air, together with Varna-bound passengers of Wizz Air.
In a stark contrast with Terminal 1 is is usually quiet, though due to insufficient security check area occasional lines do form during peak hours.
IMPORTANT! Check your flight's terminal before arriving at Sofia Airport. Transferring between the two terminals is a hassle.
SHUTTLE BETWEEN TERMINALS AT SOFIA AIRPORT
A free shuttle runs between the two terminals of Sofia Airport every 30 min from 7 am to 7 pm. The shuttle is clearly marked and stops in front of both terminals.
Outside of the shuttle hours take bus 84 (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 only! and with a valid public transit ticket) or negotiate with a taxi driver.
TAXI FORM SOFIA AIRPORT
A taxi-booking booth is available in the arrivals area of both terminals. Look for the “OK Supertrans” sign. "OK Supertrans" is the taxi company authorised to pick up passengers at Sofia AIrport. Order a taxi from the taxi booth.
There are cases of "fake" taxis that look a lot like the real ones charging double for a ride to the city center. Such taxis were banned from Sofia airport a few years back, but just in case, always order your taxi from the taxi booth and always check the tariff sticker at the back window before entering.
The distance from Sofia Airport to the city center is 10 km and a taxi ride should cost around 14-20 lv (€7.00 to €10.00)
Read more on taxis in Sofia.
METRO FROM SOFIA AIRPORT
As of mid 2016 Metro Line 1 connects Sofia Airport's Terminal 2 (but NOT Terminal 1) with the city center and beyond.
Buy tickets at the metro entrance with cash. Tickets are only valid for 30 minutes after purchase. Make sure you buy a separate ticket for oversized luggage /over 40x60 cm/.
Ticket Pirice: 1.6 lv (€0.80)
Journey to the city center /Sofia University Metro Station or Serdica Metro Station/ takes approximately 20 min.
To use the Metro to and from Terminal 1 use the free shuttle to Terminal 2.
The Metro to and from Sofia Airport runs from 5.30 am to midnight. For flights leaving early in the morning or landing after midnight a taxi to or from the airport is the only option.
Read more on Metro and Public Transit in Sofia.
BUSES FROM SOFIA AIRPORT
Bus tickets are on sale in the newspaper kiosk in the arrival area of both terminals. The bus driver also sells tickets with exact change.
Ticket price: 1.6 lv (€0.80)
Tickets are also required for pieces of luggage over 40x60 cm.
In order for the ticket to be valid, it should be perforated in the ticket puncher inside the bus.
The fine for a passanger or a piece of luggage riding without a ticket is 40 lv (€20.00).
Several companies offer transfers from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv, Bansko, Velingrad, Varna, Burgas as well as cities and airports in neighboring countries.
Prices are quoted in euro and vary depending on the destination and the type of vehicle. The cost of a transfer might drop under for groups of 3 or more for the towns and resorts under 150 km from Sofia.
Transfers must be booked in advance and can be paid via a credit card or through a pay pal account.
Car hire services are available in the arrivals area of both terminals at Sofia Airport. It is a good idea to reserve you vehicle in advance.
See a list of rental companies at Sofia Airport
Read about parking in Sofia
Read about driving in Bulgaria
Sofia airport offers short-term parking at 3 lv per hour (€1.50).