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.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s see some of the magnificent things Plovdiv has to offers from the albums of the city’s Facebook page and then we will explain how to get there:
There’s a bus leaving from the Central Bus Station at every hour (even every 30 minutes in the middle of the day). It takes around two hours and costs around 14 BGN one-way. Check out the timetable on the webpage of the bus station. The website is avaliable in German, English and Bulgarian.
In general trains in Bulgaria are not to be recommended. Unlike some other countries, trains here are slower, older and not so convenient as the buses. However, most of the times they are cheaper, especially if you use some kind of discount. Personally I prefer the trains because they give you more flexibility (at least to stretch your legs). Train to Plovdiv takes a bit longer than the bus but it’s also a good option. Check out the timetable on the website of the Bulgarian State Railways.
As usual, the best way to travel here. Get out of Sofia from Tsarigradsko shose and follow the E80 road (part of Trakiya highway). Car would also give you the flexibility to see some of the gorgeous places around Plovdiv.
Once you arrive in the city, the best way to explore the city is by a tour organized by our Association – the Free Plovdiv Tour (link to the tour here). The tour runs every day at 11am and 6pm (from May to September) and at 2pm (from October to April) in front of the Municipality building on the main street. It will give a general overview of the historical center and it is a great option to get your bearings.
Here are some ideas from our Blog of the Free Plovdiv Tour. (Link to the blog here)
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Last updated: August 2019