A guide to Sofia airport in Bulgaria

Sofia International airport serves the capital city of Bulgaria and is home to the flagship airline companies Bulgaria Air and Bulgaria Air Charter. Also, as one of the busiest hubs in the country, it has been chosen as operational base by Wizz Air and Ryanair in its ideal location only 10 kilometres from central Sofia. After a long remodelling process that turned its second terminal building into a large complex accommodating seven air-bridges, thirty eight check-in counters, connecting taxiways, a huge car park and an airport subway station, T1 was established as the terminal for Wizz Air, Easyjet and Bulgaria Air Charter operations exclusively, while T2 assumed the handling of the rest of the carriers flying to and from Sofia airport including the low-cost one Ryanair.

Travelling between terminals in Sofia airport, Bulgaria

There is a direct shuttle bus at the disposal of travellers and visitors so that they can go from terminal 1 to terminal 2 of Sofia airport (or take the reverse journey). Even when this distance is not too long, it can be difficult to cover on foot, especially if you are carrying several pieces of luggage. The service runs from 7am to 7pm every day and is free of charge, but take into account the fact that if you miss a bus, your wait for the next one will last about thirty minutes.

Which terminal in Sofia airport should I go to?

Depending on the airline you are flying with, your trip planning may differ considerably: if commuting by car or taxi, you can drive straight to the specified terminal or be dropped off at it; if you are using public transport, you will know in advance whether you need to allow for extra time or not.

If you are flying with Wizz Air or Easyjet, or you are catching a Bulgaria Air charter flight, go to Terminal 1.

On the contrary, you are advised to head towards Terminal 2 first if you are going to check in and fly with Ryanair, Transavia, Bulgaria Air, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Qatar Airways, FlyDubai, Jet2.com, Alitalia, Lufthansa or Aeroflot.

Flights to Sofia International airport

Will the capital of Bulgaria be your next stop in a business trip around Europe? Are you planning a weekend city break to Sofia with your friends? Flights to Sofia International (SOF) are operated from the origin airports listed below. As there might be more than one carrier operating the route or doing it on a seasonal basis only, we recommend you check availability and schedules with the aforementioned airlines.

You can travel to Bulgaria from airports in Spain (Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche, Barcelona-El Prat, Madrid Adolfo Suárez, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia); Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol and Eindhoven); Germany (Cologne-Bonn, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin Tegel); Russia (Moscow Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports); Italy (Milano Malpensa, Milan Bergamo, Rome Fimicino, Milano Linate); United Kingdom (Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, London Southend, London Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, East Midlands, Liverpool, London Luton, Manchester); France (Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Beauvais, Nice); and other hubs across Europe like Vienna, Zürich, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Athens Eleftherios Venizelos, Ljubljana, Budapest, Brussels, Belgrade, Dubai, Doha, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Dublin, Larnaca and Prague.

Public transportation from the airport to Sofia city centre in Bulgaria

By subway: In order to travel to central Sofia from the airport, arriving passengers must head towards Sofia airport metro station located in T2, purchase their ticket from the vending machines and hop on metro line 1. This service operates between 5:30 am and midnight every day, and it takes only eighteen minutes to reach the downtown. To connect with the main bus and train stations in Sofia, Bulgaria, you are advised to change trains in Serdika station and get on line 2, while other stops along the way of line 1 like Iskarsko shosse allows you to transfer to the Sofia-Plodiv and Sofia-Karlov lines.

By bus: There are two bus lines covering the route between Sofia airport and the city continuously throughout the day; thus, route 84 offers a round trip from central Sofia in Bulgaria to Terminal 2, Terminal 1 and back, and route 84 travels from the city centre to Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and back. In order to get your tickets, look for urban mobility kiosks in the public areas.

By taxi: If you resolve to commute from Sofia airport by taxi, follow the yellow marks on the floor of the arrivals halls leading you to the stands outside the two terminals. The authorised taxi cabs of this hub are identified as “OK Supertrans” vehicles.

VIP lounges in Sofia International airport

You do not need to fly first or business class to be entitled to enjoy access to the airport lounges in Sofia, Bulgaria. In some cases, you will be able to pay for a day-pass, or perhaps you are granted admission as a holder of loyalty cards like Priority Pass, Lounge Club or Dragon Pass, to mention but a few. Inside the lounges, where you can stay for up to three hours before boarding, you will find complimentary catering, free WiFi, business facilities, exclusive bathrooms, comfortable seating and other amenities. Below, all airport lounges of SOF are listed along with their location in the terminals.

Sofia lounge, after security on level 2 of Terminal 1.

Preslav lounge in Sofia airport, on level 0 of Terminal 1, accessible via an escalator or lift after passport control.

Pliska lounge on level 1 of Terminal 2.

-The VIP lounge of Sofia International airport, situated on the western wing of Terminal 1. Passengers accessing this lounge are generally escorted by airport staff as part of the VIP concierge services offered.

Dining and shopping in Sofia airport of Bulgaria

Before departing Bulgaria and as long as you have some time to spare at the departures lounges, you will get the chance to shop the finest brands at the Tax free and Duty free stores in Sofia airport: Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Dior, Swarovski, Fossil, Samsonite, Lindt chocolates, Havana cigars, Kenzo and Valentino, not forgetting a vast selection of traditional souvenirs, magazines, books and even flowers.

To grab a quick bite to eat, a hot cup of coffee or a pint of beer, head over to the Deli Sandwich Bar in the public zone of T2, the World News Café also in the public departures of terminal 2 or the Sky Café after security.

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