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Bansko Travel and transfer Information

Flights to Bulgaria

There are now a number of operators offering from the UK to Sofia International Airport (SOF) in Bulgaria.

Flights from London to Sofia
Easyjet from 27.99 GBP one way including taxes
British Airways have daily flights out of London Gatwick and Heathrow
Wizzair fly from Luton
Balkan Holidays from Gatwick

Flights from Manchester to Sofia
Bulgaria Air
Easyjet from 33.99 GBP one way including taxes
Balkan Holidays
Hungarian airline Malev fly from Heathrow via Budapest

Esayjet: Manchester - Sofia - Winter
  Manchester to Sofia Sofia to Manchester
Travel Day Flt No. Dep. Arr. Flt No. Dep. Arr.
Monday 1931¹ 14:40 20:05 1932¹ 20:45 22:10
Thursday, Saturday 1933² 06:35 12:00 1934² 12:40 14:05

¹From 15 December 2008. ²From 11 December 2008.

Other low cost options are also worth looking for in Sky Scanner

Car Hire

You'll find a range of car hire companies with kiosks at Sofia airport. There are parking spaces at the apartment.

The charges do vary greatly depending on who you choose and if you pre-book, but if you shop around before you travel you can expect to pay approximately £130 to hire a 4-door saloon car for seven days. Add to this the petrol costs of approximately £30 for the return trip. The journey will take between 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on the weather and traffic conditions. However, be warned that navigating your way out of Sofia onto the E79 towards Bansko can be a tricky experience as road-signs directing traffic out of the city are very limited and the main ring road is usually very busy. Once you get out of the city limits and onto the E79 the road swiftly improves, taking much of the struggle out of the trip.

The Care Hire Centre lets you compare prices online

Otherwise you might want to check any of these out.

Tany Rent
Mobix Rent-a-Car

Taxi transfer from Sophia to Bansko

There are some companies that provide either one-way or return taxi transfer between Sofia Airport and Mountain Dream in Bansko. Krasimir Brankov offers pre-booked return transfers from Sofia Airport for up to 4 people for 136Euros with space for up to 4 ski-carriers on the roof. However, if you have lots of luggage, for more comfort you may wish to book the larger people carrier (5-6 people) at 180Euro for a return trip. Buses and coaches service up to 59 persons.

Mobix Rent-a-Car

Bus from Sophia to Bansko

There is a bus link between Sofia and Bansko with regular services running every day in both directions. The Central Bus Station in Sofia is located at 100 Kniaginia Maria Luiza Blvd. A taxi from Sofia Airport to the bus station will cost around £5. The one-way cost of a bus ticket is approximately £5, although there may be a small additional charge for any skis. The journey to Bansko takes about 3 hours. On arrival in Bansko, You will most likely want to take a taxi from the Bansko Bus Station (in the north of the town) to Mountain Dream which will cost approximately £5.

The timetable as of July 2007 is as follows:-

Sofia Central Bus Terminal to Bansko - 07.30, 08.30, 09.45, 13.15 (not Sun), 14.00.

Sofia Zapad Bus Terminal to Bansko - 10:30, 13:40, 13:55, 15:25.

Sofia Ovcha Kupal Bus Terminal to Bansko - 07:00, 09:20 (not Tues), 10:30, 11:50 (not Sun), 13:05, 13:55, 14:30, 14:40, 15:10, 15:28 (not Tues), 15:55, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30.

Bansko Bus Terminal to Sofia - 05:40, 07:00, 08:40, 13:15, 15:20 (not Tues).

The above was correct as of July 2007, however please check with the Sofia bus station prior to travel.

Central Bus Station - Sofia