Cheap flights to Sofia depart from Manchester Airport as well as Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick airports near London. Some flights to Sofia may be available from other regional airports around the UK. Flights to Sofia will arrive at Sofia Airport. UK citizens will not require a visa to enter Bulgaria. The number 84 bus route provides connections between the airport and Sofia University in the city centre. Bus tickets are available from the newsagents in both terminals, and should be purchased before boarding the bus. Metred taxis can be hired from just outside the arrivals area of both terminals. The taxis can also be hired in advance from the booking office (located in both terminals). Passengers will receive a printed slip which they present to the taxi driver.
There is an extensive network of buses, trams and trolleybuses serving Sofia and the surrounding suburbs. Single tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or ticket kiosks. They must be validated by the ticket machines on board the vehicle. Those who intend to make multiple journeys can save money by purchasing a strip of 10 tickets. Daily and monthly passes are also available and can be used on all forms of public transport. They can be purchased from ticket kiosks and newsagents. Minibuses, known locally as marshrutki, are used by many citizens for transport. Destinations are listed on the front of the vehicle, and they can be flagged down on the street. Line One of the Sofia Metro is currently finished, and runs from Mladost to Obelya. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines in the Metro stations. Metred taxis can be easily flagged down in the streets.
Sofia’s history and beauty has made it a classic holiday destination for many visitors. The magnificent Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the city’s most renowned attractions. A short walk away from the gold-domed cathedral is the slightly more modest Hagia Sofia Church - one of Bulgaria’s oldest churches – and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, a tribute to fallen Bulgarian soldiers. Visit the Boyana Church on the city’s outskirts to see its remarkable collection of frescoes. The Earth and Man National Museum has a large, interesting collection of minerals and ceramics. Explore the Royal Palace, now home to both the Ethnographic Museum and the National Art Gallery.
Vitosha Boulevard is Sofia’s main commercial thoroughfare. Both sides are lined with many high-end designer boutiques, including names such as Versace and Armani. Those with a tighter budget may prefer to visit the Ladies Market. The bustling market is crammed with stalls selling ladies clothes, as well as freshly baked bread, traditional pottery and even car parts. Visit Hadjidraganovite Kashti to enjoy traditional Bulgarian food. The menu features plenty of hearty dishes such as stewed pork knuckle and mushroom soup served in a bread bowl. Join Sofia’s hip crowd at the stylish Chervilo and enjoy performances by famous DJs.