Former King's palace

Airport Transfers

Taxi: The transfer time from Sofia Airport to the city center is approx. 20 min, and the fare is approx. 12 BGN (a fare is 0,77 BGN/km or 0,79 BGN/km). For your convenience and safety, we would recommend that you use the services of the taxi companies, which Sofia Airport has contracts with.

Bus: There is a direct bus line to the city center route No. 84, the ticket is 1 BGN. Departs from Terminal 1 & 2.

Bus stops at Orlov Most (Eagles’ Bridge) and Sofia University provide convenient transport connection to the underground and other public bus and trolley services. The entire journey takes approximately 40 min during weekdays and 30 min at weekends and on holidays.


Sofia is characterized with hot summers and mild to cold winters. The temperatures during your stay in August are to be rather warm between 26 and 30 Degrees Celsius (78.8 – 86 Degrees Fahrenheit).

What can you see

Some interesting touristic places you may visit during your stay in Sofia

(names of the objects are transliterated, in case you need to ask someone)

Also check this website:

Sightseeing bus tours:

Day trips to cultural places near Sofia:

National Art Gallery (Natsionalna Hudozhestvena Galeria)
Address: 1 Prince Alexander I Sqr, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, closed on Monday
Ticket fee: 6 BGN.

Sofia Art Gallery
Address: 1, Gen. Gurko Str. (entrance – from Kniaz Al. Batenberg Str.)
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00; Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00;
Closed on Mondays
Free entrance

Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzey za suvremenno izkustvo)
Address: 2, Cherni vrah Blvd. (Next to the Hilton Hotel)
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (closed on Monday)
Entrance fee: 3 BGN; students: 1 BGN

History Museum (Istoricheski Muzey)
Visitor information:
Transport: Marshrutka (minibus) 21 – from NDK to Boyana Church;
Buses 63, 111; Trolley 2 (you should get off on the last stop of trolley
2, the museum is just across the ring road. You can get the trolley 2 at
the Sofia University. You can also get bus 63 from Tsar Boris III Blvd.
and Akad. Ivan Evstatiev Geshov Blvd.
Entrance fee: 10.00 BGN

You can also use the Green Line "Vitosha" transport on weekend. It follows
the march route - National Stadium "Vasil Levski" → Vitosha
dendrarium area --> Zlatnite Mostove area. Departure times from the stops
are: - Stadium "Vasil Levski" - 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00 am – Arboretum
(Dendrarium) (direction Vitosha) - 8.45 9.45 and 10.45 - Zlatni mostove -
17.00 and 18.08.

Earth and Man National Museum
Next to the Hilton Hotel
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: 4 BGN
Guided tours (English and Russian): 30 BGN
Free photo
6 August - Free entrance

National Institute of Archaeology and Museum / Arheologicheski musey
In front of the Presidency and next to the Bulgarian National Bank
Entrance fee: 10 BGN
Student: 2 BGN
Guided tour in English: 20 BGN
Summer work hours (May - October): 10:00 - 18:00 (Monday to Sunday)

Natural Museum of Natural History / Национален природонаучен музей при БАН
Next to the Russian Church (St. Nikolay)
Entrance fee (Monday to Sunday): 10:00 - 17:00
Admission fee: 4.00 BGN (students: 2.00 BGN)
Guided tour [upon request by phone (+359 2) 988 28 94]: 20.00 BGN

Ethnographic Institute and Museum / Етнографски институт с музей при БАН
1 Alexander Batenberg Square (the first floor of the former Royal Palace -
the National Art Gallery is on the second)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday –10.00 am – 5.30 pm (day off – Monday)
Entrance fee: adults – BGN 3.00; students – BGN 1.00

National Museum of Military History
Opening hours:
Exposition: Wednesday - Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm;
Administration: Monday - Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
92, Cherkovna Str., Sofia
Transport: Busses: 9, 72, 120, 305, 413;
bus 72 (from NDK and Hilton Hotel - the bus stop at Evlogi and Hristo
Georgievi (direction to Orlov most) to the bus stop 92, Cherkovna Street
(the Romanian Embassy))
Trams: 20, 23

National Polytechnic Museum / Национален политехнически музей
66 Opalchenska Street (near the National Palace of Culture)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Monday to Friday; Sunday and Saturday - days
Entrance fee: 5.00 BGN; students - 2.00 BGN; Guided tour: 10 BGN; Photo
fee: 10 BGN

Boyana Church and Museum (11th century)
Opening Hours: Summer (April - October): 9:30 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Entrance fee: 10 BGN
Transport: NDK – bus 94, Last stop (Hladilnika), from there get bus 64 –
stop Boyansko Hanche – Street Belire Brezi
Bus 64 and 107;
minibus (marshrutka) 21
Tram 9 from the National Palace of Culture and get of at the last stop -
Hladilnikaq then bus 64 to Boyansko hanche stop. You can also take Bus 64
from bul. Bulgaria and bul. Akad. Ivan Evstatiev Geshov.:

The Bells (Kambanite)
Transport: Bus 314
Metro Line 1 (from Orlov most) to Mladost 1 station - take the bus 314 to
Sofia Park station (to the Kambanite complex - by foot)

Vrana Palace (Dvorets Vrana)
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 – 16:00
Transport: from Orlov most stop – buses 204, 214, 114, 604 – to Darjavna
Pechatnica stop– buses 5 and 7 – to stop Park Museum Vrana (Vrana Palace);
A direct bus 505 from Orlov most to Vrana Palace – only on Saturdays and

Churches and other religious places of worship

Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Katedrala Aleksandar Nevski),_Sofia
Free entrance.

Alexander Nevsky Crypt Museum
Address: 1, Alexander Nevsky Sqr,
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, closed on Monday

Saint Sofia Church (Sveta Sofia)
Address: Near Alexander Nevski Cathedral (the red brick church along the
Rakovski Boulevard)
With a crypt
Free entrance

Church of St Petka of the Saddlers (Sveta Petka Samardjiyska)
Address: Metro Station Serdica - Part of the Serdica Complex
The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi) (4th century)
Address: in the courtyard of the Sheraton Hotel near the Metro Station
Saint Nikolas Russian Church / the Russian Church (Sveti Nikolay / Ruska
Address:3 Tsar Osvobotiel blvd, Near the National Art Gallery and
Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Restoration works are going on inside.
Banya Bashi Mosque (Dzhamiya Banya Bashi)
Address:Near Sheraton, Metro Station Serdica

Sofia Synagogue (Sofiyska sinagoga)
Address: 16 Ekzarh Yosif, Opposite to the Banya Bashi Mosque

Where to go when in Sofia: restaurants, bars & nightclubs, cafés

More detailed information you can find in our brochure ACL2013 Know Before You Go