Airport departures
Sofia Airport is the busiest airport in Bulgaria, handling over 3 million passengers per year. It is an international airport, and an important gateway to and from Eastern Europe. Sofia city center is only 5 km away from the airport Many visitors come to visit the beautiful city of Sofia and other parts of Bulgaria such as Plovdiv, Varna and Bourgas. The spectacular beach front resort of Sunny Beach during the summer or the Ski-resorts of Bansko during the winter. Sofia Airport consists of two terminal buildings, all equipped with the facilities needed by departing passengers.  Passengers can choose from a wide variety of destinations from Sofia Airport departures, as well as from many different airline companies.

Some of the main airline companies in operation at Sofia Airport include Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air, Thomson Airways, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Air France. They fly to destinations such as Frankfurt, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Barcelona, London Heathrow, Malaga, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Manchester, as well as many more. Other airline companies at Sofia Airport include Easyjet, Air Malta, Aerosvit, Alitalia, Austrian Airways, Cyprus Airways, Czech Airlines, El Al, LOT Polish Airlines, Niki, Olympic Air and Turkish Airlines.

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Sofia Airport opened a new terminal building, named Terminal 2 in 2006 as well as a new runway and taxiways. Terminal 2 also contains two new guest lounges – Preslav and Pliska. The Preslav guest lounge is located on the ground floor and has seating area for 50 people and a fully equipped business center. The Pliska guest lounge is located on the first floor and has seating for 40 people. Pilka guest lounge is also close to the Duty free shopping area. There are three SA Buy/Bye shops to purchase Duty-free goods in Sofia Airport departures, one in Terminal 1 and two in Terminal 2 departure lounges. There are also SA Spirit of Bulgaria shops, one in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2, both selling excellent choices of high quality Bulgarian wines and spirits.

Sofia Airport is fully equipped for the comfort of disabled passengers. provides assistance to all departing, arriving or transit / transfer PRM passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility free of charge. This is in accordance to new regulations, whereas in the past the airline companies were responsible for offering assistance through their ground handling agents. Passengers who need help at Sofia Airport departures should contact Sofia Airport on (+359 2) 937 36 30 to ensure the appropriate assistance can be arranged. The disabled passenger will also be assisted with boarding the aircraft.

Other facilities at Sofia Airport departures include currency exchange services in the shopping area of the Departures hall and arrivals terminal. Terminals 1 and 2 have internet and Wi-Fi points, The airport also has a Doctors office located in the departures area, with services offered to both departing and arriving passengers. The Lost Property Office is located in Terminal 1. Sofia Airport also has a very up-market VIP Lounge, located in Terminal 1, Departures area offering International TV, Wi-Fi and Broadband Internet connection. There are 4 rooms as part of the VIP lounge and also a private car park area, the lounge is fully stocked with an excellent selection of magazines and newspapers.

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 for short and long stays in both terminals, 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 (No. 84) travel frequently to the airport from Sofia City.

There are many car hire companies available at Sofia Airport listed below are a selection:

These are all reputable Sofia companies that offer a wide range of vehicle selections and quotes to suit each individuals needs. If you are unsure of which car hire company to use, our car hire service will help you to find the best quote and car selection. The service will compare all Sofia car hire companies and display the best that these companies can offer. For a free Sofia Airport car hire quote please select the link.