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Layover In Sofia, Bulgaria

| January 21, 2015

Stuck on a layover at Sofia Airport (SOF) in Bulgaria? The airport is the main hub of Bulgaria Air and is located roughly 3 miles (5 km) from Sofia which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Sofia layover, click here for useful tips.
Sofia Bulgaria Layover
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Sofia layover, you can take advantage of the airport’s many services. There are cafes and restaurants (listed here in Terminal 1 and here in Terminal 2), shopping and duty free shopping, and free Wi-Fi. The airport also offers banking, ATMs and currency exchange, luggage wrapping, children play areas and changing rooms.

A Business Class Lounge is located on the second floor of the Passenger Terminal, in the Transit area of the Departure Hall. The lounge offers business services, internet access, newspapers and magazines and more.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest between flights, there aren’t any hotels located at the airport, but there are many hotels near the airport in Sofia. For a full list of Sofia hotels at varying price points, click here. When booking you may want to inquire on free airport courtesy shuttles.

If you’re looking to leave the airport and explore Sofia during your layover, you can arrange for taxi service in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1 & 2, and you can also take a taxi straight from the taxi stands in front of the airport. The airport also offers rental cars, and bus services. No 84 Bus line runs from the Sofia Airport to Sofia University. The bus stop is located near to the Arrival Hall of Terminal 1 and buses run from 05.00 a.m. – to 11.00 p.m, all year round.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Bulgaria Layover:

Sofia Tours
If you’re limited on time, a tour might be a great way to see the sights of Sofia. There’s many to choose from including sightseeing and food tours.

The National Museum & The Boyana Church
Located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. This medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church is located on the outskirts of Sofia in the Boyana quarter and houses over 650,000 exhibits. The church houses the National Museum, which focuses on regional history, art and cultural artifacts.

Sofia Zoo
Dating back to 1888, the Sofia Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in all of Europe. The zoo currently holds many endangered animals and showcases over 1,100 animals. A great locale for kids.

For long layovers in Bulgaria (these options are both full day trips out of Sofia):

Rila Monastery
Located in Rila Mountain 1,147 meters above sea level, Rila Monastery is located roughly 75 miles from Sofia which only makes it accessible for those on a long layover. With great views and an interesting history, this monastery is one of the top tourist sites in the country.

Dragalevtsi Monastery
If you’re on a long layover and have enough time to leave Sofia for a day trip, the Dragalevtsi Monastery lies at the foothills Vitosha Mountain. This monastery is a half-hour walk from Dragalevtsi and was built in the 14 century by Tsar Ivan.

None of these interest you? For many more suggestions on Sofia’s parks, museums, churches and more, click here!

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