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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.

March 22, 2013
Free Sofia Tour - Pub Crawl

Sofia nightlife with The New Sofia Pub Crawl

Are you are looking for Sofia nightlife activities? The New Sofia Pub Crawl are your guys! – http://www.thenewsofiapubcrawl.com/ They meet every night at 9PM at Park Crystal and will take you to several (usually five) of Sofia’s hidden and unique bars. If you are looking for loud and smoky rooms, that’s not the right event for you. But if you feel like hearing different stories about the places and hanging out with other guests from all over the world, you should visit them. The event costs 20 BGN and includes some free drinks at most of the places and free entrance to a club. Every location has its own style and is worth visiting it. For example, they will take you to this awesome candlelit bar, called Hambara (the barn). You would not find most of these places on your own or just wouldn’t dare to go in. No reservation required, just show up! The New Sofia Pub Crawl 7 days a week, price: 20 BGN. If clubbing is your thing, soon there’s going to […]
June 28, 2012
How to get to Vitosha mountain - Ultimate Guide | Free Sofia Tour

How to get to Vitosha mountain

Sofia is probably the only European capital with such a big mountain so close to the city center. If we don’t consider the European ministates like Andorra. Vitosha is a ski resort (though a bit underdeveloped), nice hiking place and gives you a great panorama view of the city. The city is also one of the highest capitals in Europe. It’s Andorra la Vella again on top, followed by Liechtenstein’s Vaduz and arguably Madrid. So the question inevitably pops up – ‘How to get to Vitosha mountain?’. Here are some options: WALKING AND HIKING IN VITOSHA This is actually how organized tourism in Sofia started. In 1895 the famous Bulgarian writer Aleko Konstantinov managed to convince around 300 people to leave the ‘dusty streets’ and ‘stuffy cafes’ of Sofia and get a refreshing walk from the city centre to the top of the mountain – Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) at 2290 m above sea level. In front of the National Theatre there’s a stone that marks the starting point of this interesting […]
April 11, 2012
Varna Collage

How to get to Varna

If you travel to Varna by plane Varna Airport is located about 7 km west of the town. As of 2017 WizzAir offer direct flight from Sofia to Varna.  There are a few options as follows: By bus You can easily catch bus number 409. The bus station is located in front of the VIP exit. The working time table over the weekdays is between 5:45 and 20:00 and over the weekend between 5:45 – 23:00. The arrival time is between 15 – 20 minutes. Prices are 1 BGN to the city and 3 BGN to Golden Sands and you pay to the person assigned for this in the bus. For further reference, click here. For a map of the buses, click here. Rent a car All rent-a-car offices are located in Terminal 1 (Arrivals). There you can find several well known rent-a-car companies like AVIS, SIXT, Budget and Dollar Thrifty. By taxi If there is no bus, and you don’t need a rent-a-car, you can take a taxi. The rate should […]
April 11, 2012

Hostels in Sofia

Looking for cheap, yet cosy accommodation in Sofia? Then you can choose between one of the hostels in the city. To make it easier for you, we made a list of the ones we know of – you can visit their websites or send them an email for more information. Do you know of any hostel that’s not on this list? We would be really grateful if you help us keep this list complete so that travellers have the most comprehensive source of information! Write us at info@freesofiatour.com. The hostels are listed alphabetically: Art hostel – art-hostel@art-hostel.com Be My Guest Hostel – bemyguest@abv.bg Canape Connection Hostel – hostel@canapeconnection.net Danish Hostel – eliass2300@gmail.com Elysia Hostel – elysiahotel@gmail.com Galiani Hostel – info@galiani-hostel.com Gulliver Hostel – info@gulliver1947-bg.com Hostel Mostel – booking@hostelmostel.com Internet Hostel – interhostel@yahoo.co.uk Kervan Hostel – kervanhostel@abv.bg Lavele Hostel – lavelehostel@gmail.com Levitt Hostel – info@levitthostel.com Nightingale Hostel – booking@nightingalehostel.com Orient Express Hostel – orientexpresshostel@yahoo.com Sofia Guesthouse – info@sofiaguest.com Sofia Peace Hostel – hostelpeace@gmail.com The Rooms Hostel – theroomshostel@yahoo.com
April 1, 2012
How to get to Rila Monastery - Ultimate Guide | Free Sofia Tour

How to get to Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery is probably the most popular Bulgarian tourist site. Rila monastery is the first thing that comes to your mind when you have friends from abroad visiting. I will dare to be accused of blasphemy and even say that sometimes it feels a bit of a cliché. But there’s a reason for that – no surprise it’s one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria. Words fail to describe this heavenly monument. Believe it or not, getting to the place is not the easiest thing, though. That’s why one of the most frequently asked questions is… How to get to Rila Monastery? Here’s the answer(s): To Rila Monastery by BUS: There’s only one daily public bus to Rila Monastery. It leaves at 10:20 from the West bus station (Ovcha Kupel). You can get there in around 25 minutes with tram N5 just behind our starting point at the Palace of Justice. The bus arrives around 13:00. It leaves to Sofia at 15:00 and is back in the city around 17:30. Return ticket cost […]
December 23, 2011
free things to do in Sofia

Free things to do in Sofia

Sofia constantly ranks as the cheapest tourist city in Europe. We believe it offers really good value. According to calculations of PriceOfTravel, backpackers need around BGN 30 per day for their stay in Sofia. The city is actually the cheapest in the world apart from Southeast Asia and India. For travellers who are even more budget-conscious, we have collected some completely free things to make your stay in Sofia even cheaper. Here are the best free things to do in Sofia: Transportation Obviously, transport and accommodation are big items in any travel budget. A lot of people come to Sofia hitchhiking which means near-free travelling. The good news is that almost everything interesting in city is within walking distance and in the city you probably won’t need public transportation at all (except for things like Boyana Church or Vitosha). Accommodation Staying with a friend is the best option to get free accommodation. Keep in mind, though, that it’s a tradition here not to go empty-handed to a friend’s place. Any present, no […]
October 27, 2011

Bulgaria Tourist Destination

Sofia is usually the perfect starting point for a trip around Bulgaria. There’s so many incredible places in our country that sometimes people might get confused. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. How much are thousands of pictures worth then? Priceless. Just take a look at the breathtaking photos in the Bulgaria Tourist Destination Facebook page. Here are just some ideas where else you could go from Sofia: Plovdiv – read how to get there Rila Monastery – read how to get there Veliko Tarnovo Koprivshtica
October 21, 2011
how to get to plovdiv

How to get to Plovdiv

Plovdiv the city of the 7 hills It is the second biggest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv – is a pretty good option for a day trip outside of Sofia. Usually the first option for people who have a day to spare outside the capital is the Rila Monastery. However, Plovdiv should not be underestimated because it offers a lot of variety and it could cater for all kinds of interests. It has a lot to offer when it comes to sightseeing and culture.  It also boasts a lot of lovely restaurants and shopping streets. Plovdiv is also 2019’s European Capital of Culture. That means that there’s plenty to explore in this beautiful ancient city! How to get from Sofia to Plovdiv and respectively from Plovdiv to Sofia? – We are here to help! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s start with a beautiful shot of Plovdiv’s Old Town: Getting to Plovdiv from Sofia is easy. Here are the common ways to do it: To […]
September 26, 2011
Museum of Communism

Museum of Communism

3 decades after the fall of Communism in Bulgaria, Sofia finally has 2 communist museums. Everybody kept saying how Bulgaria was the only country in Eastern Europe without a museum for these 45 years in its history. Without a Museum of Communism. Even in the National Museum of History there’s a weird emptiness between 1944 and 1989. Well, finally we can see the red star that used to be part of our tour for around 8 months properly displayed next to imposing statues of Lenin and Georgi Dimitrov. You can also learn how regular Bulgarians lived during this rather contreversial period of Bulgarian history. Museum of Communism – The Red Flat – Everyday Life in Socialist Bulgaria As of April 2019, Sofia has its first Museum of Everyday Life in Socialist Bulgaria – The Red Flat. Contrary to other museums dedicated to the Cold War, The Red Flat is all about how ordinary Bulgarians experienced this period. The concept is unique as you basically enter the flat of a regular […]

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