Useful Information

Transportation

From the Airport to the City Centre

By Taxi

The official airport taxi is OK Supertrans. You can catch a taxi at the taxi stands located in front of the western exit of the airport, or you can reserve one by calling  (+359 2) 973 21 21. The drive takes about 15 minutes and costs about 12 leva (6 EUR).

 

By Bus

The 84 and 384 public bus lines connect Sofia Airport to the city centre. A single travel ticket costs: 1 lev (EUR 0.5). Take a look at the overview of the public transport network in Sofia or call +359 700 13 233 to plan your route.

 

From the Airport to the Meeting Venue

By Taxi

The official airport taxi is OK Supertrans. You can catch a taxi at the taxi stands located in front of the western exit of the airport, or you can reserve one by calling  (+359 2) 973 21 21. The drive takes about 20 minutes and costs about 16 leva (8 EUR).

 

By Public Transport

Take the 84 bus from the airport to Sofia University. Switch to Metro Line 1 from Sofia University to Serdika Station. At Serdika Station, take Metro Line 2 to James Bourchier Station. From here it is just 200 metres to the hotel.

 


Sofia and Bulgaria

What the Lonely Planet says about Bulgaria:

From wild, wooded mountain ranges speckled with remote villages and enchanting monasteries to vibrant modern cities and long sandy beaches hugging the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria rewards exploration.

More information about Bulgaria is available on Lonely Planet and the Tourism Portal of Bulgaria.

 

What the Lonely Planet says about Sofia:

By far Bulgaria’s biggest city, Sofia is one of Europe’s most compact and walkable capital cities, although it’s still one of the least known by foreign travellers. It’s usually bypassed by tourists heading to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing out on something special. Sofia has a young and dynamic vibe, like a city waking up after decades of slumber, and is becoming a confident and cosmopolitan European capital. The old east-meets-west feel is still here, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and Red Army monuments topped with air-punching Soviet soldiers, but these days they share the skyline with glitzy shopping malls, five-star hotels and the best bars and clubs the country has to offer.

Although no grand metropolis, Sofia is nevertheless an attractive and cultured city with plenty to keep you busy for several days or more. Museums, art galleries, theatres, fine restaurants, they’re all here. Sofia is also a surprisingly green city, with huge swaths of parkland within the city boundaries and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha right on the doorstep.

More information about Sofia is available on Lonely Planet.

 


Currency, electricity, telephones and other practical informatio

The official currency is the Bulgarian lev (the plural is leva). It is abbreviated to lv.

EUR 1 ≈ 2 leva

Language and Alphabet

Bulgarian is a Slavic language and uses the Cyrillic script.

Electric Current in Bulgaria

220 volts, 50 hertz

Time Zone

Central European time (GMT + 2)

Climate

The climate is modified continental with certain Mediterranean influences. The average temperature in April is 11°C/52°F

Emergency Number

112

Tourist Information Office

22 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd (in the underpass of Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski).
Tel: (+359 2) 491 83 44
tourist _at_ info-sofia _dot_ bg

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00
Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-12:00

 

A city map is widely available at various newsagents and hotels.