Free Sofia Tour’s Tips and Tricks

More info about your stay in Sofia and in Bulgaria. Practical advice (inside tips & tricks) about anything from more sightseeing to exchanging money.

April 3, 2018
Sofia night transport

Night Transport in Sofia

Night Transport in Sofia? When? Where? How? Great news everyone! There is going to be public night transport in Sofia. From April 7th  2018 until the end of the year 6 bus lines will be running during the night. So what is the deal? There will be 4 new lines that cross the city and connect the large neighborhoods. The four lines are as follows: N1, N2, N3 and N4. Here is also a map of their routes. Sofia night transport routes N1 will be running from Liulin district 1 and 2 towards Mladost 4 district with 50 stops. N2 will be running from Obelya district towards Studentski grad district with 38 stops. N3 will be running from Ovcha kupel district towards Levski dristrict  with 33 stops. N4 will be running from Drujba district towards Gotse Delchev district with 49 stops one way and 55 stops the other way There is going to be a transfer location where all of the lines meet so that one could be able to change […]
March 26, 2018
cycling in Sofia

Cycling in Sofia

Riding a bike in Sofia Hooray! The snow is gone, the temperatures are slowly rising, everything around you, including yourself, is waking up from a long winter’s slumber and what better time to take out your bicycle, hop on it and feel the wind whistling in your ears? Cycling in Sofia? There is no better time of the year to ride a bike in Sofia than spring or summer, so we decided to give you a little bit more information on the topic, should you ever decide to go around on two wheels. Riding a bike in the city could be quite frustrating and cycling in Sofia is indeed a challenge due to the bad infrastructure, lack of proper cycling lanes and bike parkings, but mostly because of the poor bicycle culture in general. However, this doesn’t stop thousands of people to choose the bike as a means of transport in the city and that number is growing steadily every year. There are quite a few reasons and a lot […]
March 8, 2018
bulgaria by train

Bulgaria by Train (The Ultimate Guide) | Trains in Bulgaria

Train travel in Bulgaria – the practical angle Bulgaria’s railway network spans over 4000 km of rail track linking most sizeable towns and cities. The main rail hub is in the capital city Sofia, which has connections to Romania, Serbia, Greece and Turkey. Train tickets for trains operating in Bulgaria can be booked in advance. The national railway company is known as the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) (БДЖ) Most trains are antiquated, slower than the buses and soaked in post-communist feel, which only adds to the unique experience. Taking your time to travel from A to B among common locals and flashes of diverse scenery, you get a feel of what life was like back in the Communist times when it was not possible for the Bulgarian passengers to simply continue beyond the country borders like they do today. Train types Trains are classified as ekspresen (express), barz (fast) or patnicheski (slow passenger). Naturally, the patnicheski trains are used to provide connections to the smaller or more remote towns and would be the better choice for […]
February 7, 2018
Winter in Sofia

Winter in Sofia

Welcome to winter in Bulgaria! This is how we locals survive during winter time! We want to pass this insight onto you, our lovely visitors. Keep in mind thought that you might just fall in love with Sofia and decide to make it your new home 😉 Depending on what region of the world you hail from, the moment you poke your face out from your cozy hotel/hostel/airbnb room, it might feel like a warm spring kiss, or a bone chilling North Pole slap in the face! Either way, we’ve got you covered, and will give you our top five picks to make your winter visit to our lovely city as enjoyable as possible! Our top 5 picks for a great winter visit in Sofia: For our adrenaline junkies: It’s all about the powder a.k.a the snow! That’s right you saw it as you were landing – our beautiful Vitosha mountain! And yes we are totally going to brag that once work is over during the winter season we can […]
January 19, 2018
Taxi Car

Taking a taxi in Sofia – what should we know?

Hi everyone! The following  post aims to give you more information about taxis in Sofia and the taxi-network in the capital of Bulgaria. How to take a taxi in Sofia? The most secure way to take a taxi in Sofia is to order one via phone, internet or apps. This way the taxi company will keep some important data about the ride. So if a problem occurs, they can track the car, the road, the driver and the time of the ride, making it easier to solve the problem and leaving smaller room for scam. Of course you can also take a taxi on the street by just waving a hand to an approaching taxi-car. On every cab there is a light indicator on the front window. Green light means that the taxi is free and most probably will stop to pick you up. Red light means car is busy and probably won’t stop. On key places like Sofia Airport, Central Bus Station, Central Railway Station, Palace of Justice, etc. […]
January 8, 2018
Sofia Airport Terminal 2

Sofia Airport to City Center – All You Need To Know

To and from Sofia Airport Whether you’re planning on visiting Bulgaria’s capital or you just ended up at the Sofia Airport by chance, this article will give you all the information you need on getting from the airport to the city. The Sofia Airport is located at about 10 km away from the city centre. Luckily, there is a pretty good transport infrastructure to get you downtown. Available public transport includes the metro and three bus lines (84, 384 and 184). You can also pick-up a taxi in front of the Arrival building. From Sofia Airport to Sofia City Center BY BUS Until recently (May 2017) there were only 2 bus lines that were serving the 2 terminals of Sofia Airport. Bus line 84 used to pass through both Terminals (T1 and T2) and would take its passengers in downtown Sofia. Bus line 384’s route is Terminal 2 – Drujba district ( ‘Дружба’ in Bulgarian or ‘Comradeship’). Since May 2017 the line 84 splits into 84 and 184 for a trial […]
January 7, 2018
Skiing in the Vitosha Mountain

Vitosha mountain: Winter Olympics in Sofia or How to go Skiing

Winter sports at Vitosha mountain, Sofia? Few of the people visiting and falling in love with Sofia and Vitosha mountain are aware of the city’s longstanding ambition to host the Winter Olympic Games. Inspired by Sarajevo’s successful example from 1984, the Bulgarian capital has tried several times to win the competition for Winter Olympics’ host. It came closest in the run up for the 1992 Games by finishing second – only a couple of votes away from the victorious Lillehammer (Norway). Today, Sofia is a bit further away from fulfilling its Olympic dream. However, the city’s beautiful mountain Vitosha is still close enough. It remains one of the most preferred options for winter sports in Bulgaria. It is located only 30 minutes away from the city center by car. Vitosha mountain welcomes the fans of skiing and snowboarding not only in the winter weekends, but also during the week – at daylight and after sunset. How to ski and snowboard in Sofia and Vitosha mountain? The first and most important prerequisite […]
December 19, 2017
How to get to Bansko from Sofia

How to get to Bansko (from Sofia)

Dear travelers! We know many of you have already seen our lovely capital Sofia. You’ve probably walked around the historical part of the city with the Free Sofia Tour. You’ve strolled down the Yellow brick road, entered the ancient Rotunda of St. George, gazed at the beautiful St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. But now you probably want to spend some time outside of Sofia and you’re wondering where to go next? Well, for those of you who like skiing, snowboarding or hiking, going to one of our mountain resorts comes naturally as a next destination here in Bulgaria. One of these great places is Bansko. Let’s talk about Bansko! Bansko is a small town situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, surrounded by Rila, Pirin and Rhodope mountains. It is one of our most popular ski resorts and a popular site for recreation with its pine forests, mountain peaks and lakes near the town. The distance between Sofia and Bansko is 160km and it takes approximately 2 hours to get there by car and […]
October 1, 2015
Kremikovski Monastery

One day trip around Sofia – Kremikovski Monastery

Monasteries around Sofia Close to our city of Sofia, there is a curious destination that is not very well-known with tourists. It is renowned as Sofia’s Mount Athos, or “Sofiiska Sveta Gora.” The term refers to a group of monasteries around Sofia that was established in the Bulgarian Middle Ages (1185-1417) and constituted a spiritual community under a common management. The monasteries were founded at the feet of several mountains: Vitosha, Lyulin, Rui  Plana, Lozen , and the southern slopes of Stara Planina (which you may know as the Balkan Mountain). Over time, the monasteries formed a ring around the city (you can find a map of the area here). Originally there were 14 of them, but later on another 7 convents were added to the cluster. About the Kremikovski Monastery In the Stara Planina (Balkan) mountain, only 22 km away from downtown Sofia, you can find one of these monasteries – the Kremikovski Monastery. It was established during the reign of Bulgarian king Ivan-Alexander (1331 – 1371). During the Ottoman siege of Sofia in […]