Getting around

Despite being in Europe, and possibly compared to other areas in the world, Bulgaria is not one of the easiest countries to travel around on public transportation. As a result, this type of material is offered to provide the traveller with a useful introduction to assist him make travel preparations.

Bulgaria Transports

Nationwide transport

Nationwide transport in Bulgaria relies on a combination of transportation modes to connect different regions of the country. Here’s an overview of how nationwide transport works in here:

Buses and coaches

Buses and coaches provide regular and extensive services connecting cities, towns, and even remote villages. Private bus companies and state-owned carriers operate scheduled services.

Public transport

Major cities like Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas have comprehensive public transportation systems, including buses, trams, trolleys, and metro systems in the case of Sofia.

Rail Transport

Bulgaria has a well-developed rail network. Rail routes connect Sofia to cities like Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas. International trains also connect the country to neighbouring countries.

Road transport

Bulgaria has a large highway, national, and local road network. The A1, which links Sofia to Plovdiv and Burgas on the Black Sea, is the main roadway. The A2 roadway links Sofia to Romania.

Useful tips


Almost all cities’ public transport offer card payments inside. However, you can also buy a ticket from the driver. Note that most of them don’t speak English.

Air conditioning

During winter, most of the public transport has heaters but, during the hot months, many public transport doesn’t have air conditioning. Same goes for the most of the trains.

Auto stop

This transport method is quite popular in the coutry in general. However, always keep your eyes open and pay attention to the person who drives the car. Is always an adventure.

Spark App

When travelling around Sofia and the rest of the country, check out this company. They offer great electric cars for good prices. You can rent it for 15 minutes or 2 weeks.

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