Sofia Airport is an important international gateway to Bulgaria and the popular holiday destinations of Sunny Beach and Bansko for many people. Central Sofia is only 5 km from the airport, while other notable cities in Bulgaria include Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. Sofia Airport arrivals consists of two terminal buildings with many facilities for arriving passengers.
There are various airline companies that fly to Sofia Airport from all destinations. From the UK, approximately 200,000 passengers passed through Sofia Airport, mainly from London. It takes around two hours and fifty minutes to fly to Bulgaria from any one of the UK airports. Balkan Holidays operate flights from Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle. Thomson Airways flies from Birmingham, Bristol, Lond Gatwick and Manchester while British Airways also offers flights to Sofia Airport from London Heathrow. Easyjet flies from London Gatwick and Manchester to Sofia Airport and Wizz Air fly to London Luton. Bulgaria Air, Air France, Air Malta, Cyprus Airways, Lufthansa and Niki offer flights to Sofia Airport.
Sofia Airport’s two terminal buildings are connected by a free shuttle, which departs every 30 minutes between 7am and 6pm. The shuttle can be requested outside these hours by contacting the Information desk in either Terminal. There are also 179 check-in desks and 48 departure gates in Terminal 3, along with a new automated baggage reclaim system capable of handling up to 7,500 pieces of baggage an hour, with an approximated processing time of only three minutes. In total, the new Terminal 3 covers an area of 385,000 square meters, and can handle 9,000 passengers per hour.
Disabled passengers are welcome at Sofia Airport, and provided with assistance from the airports ground staff. Information desks and points are located throughout the airport. Passengers will be helped to disembark from the aircraft, as well as be assisted through the processes of passport control and baggage collection. Reduced mobility or disabled passengers should request assistance from Sofia Airport at least 48 hours in advance of their arriving flight to ensure that sufficient time is available in which to organize the support required.
There are various transportation options when leaving Sofia Airport arrivals. Many passengers prefer to hire their own rented car from one of the car hire companies at the airport. There are car hire companies within the arrival halls of the airport, for example, Hertz, Avis, Sixt, National, Budget and Europcar. Alternatively, taxis or private transfer services will also offer a convenient, comfortable and quick journey. If your budget is little tighter, buses offer transport to the nearby stations in Sofia, as well as to other further afield destinations.
Passengers arriving at Sofia Airport will find the weather to be particularly favorable during the summer months of July and August, and a dropping down to -5 °C in January. In general however, Sofia offers moderate continental type of climate, which can divided into summer, winter, monsoon, spring and autumn. Further tourist, transport or general information is available from the information desks within the airport terminal buildings.
There are many ways in which to reach Sofia Airport in time for your departure flight. If you are driving your own car, there are plenty of parking spaces in the parking areas of the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Taxis are plentiful, or one could book a private transfer service. If you are looking for a less expensive means of transport, buses travel frequently to the airport from Sofia City.
At Sofia Airport there are a great selection of car hire companies available at listed below are a selection:
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