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Travel to Sofia

By air

Sofia airport was once located outside the city but can now be found in the south east, on the border of the Druzhba district. The formerly old and small airport is now undergoing major reconstruction which will add a new passenger terminal building and runway system. All major airlines fly to Sofia and the prices of tickets have rapidly decreased in the past few years: there tends to be some good promotions on British, Hungarian and Czech airlines (amongst other), so keep your eyes peeled for good deals. The budget airlines don't fly here yet, will do from 2007.

By rail

If you are a romantic, afraid of flying or short on cash and would like to experience an interesting journey, you should try travelling to Sofia by rail. You'll arrive at the Central Railway Station, which although renovated, retains an atmosphere of the old communistic times. Unfortunately, as in many other cities around the world, the Sofia railway station is not as safe as it should be. Pickpockets and beggars do operate here and do target foreigners who appear helpless or lost, but just use your common sense and you'll be fine. If you're feeling hungry then there are plenty of cafes and fast food joints (including McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts if you crave a familiar experience). If you're utterly desperate you can even sleep on a bench in the night, since - as dangerous as it might be - it is not forbidden by law. Needless to say we do not recommend it!
The Central Railway Station is a good starting point for any trip around Bulgaria .

By bus

There is another way to get to Sofia, or for that matter to any major city in Bulgaria is to travel by bus from several Western or Central European countries. Of course, you should be ready for a very long trip, replete with crossing either the Serbian or Romanian border, which might take quite long. Unfortunately, the check-points are overcrowded, and due to customs formalities, the queues sometimes are way too long. If you still feel up to the challenge, the Bulgarian International Bus Lines will be happy to help you out. However, keep in mind that a two way bus fair from London to Sofia for example is about 200  Euro, so the airfare might actually be less expensive!

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