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Sofia Airport

General information

Sofia Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Bulgaria, it is mainly used by Bulgaria’s flag carrier Bulgaria Air and low-cost carriers Wizz Air and Ryanair.

Location

Where is Sofia Airport situated?

The airport is located east of the capital. Via the ‘Tsarigradsko shose Blvd’ and ‘Bruksel Blvd’ you can get from the city to Sofia Airport by car.

How many terminals does Sofia Airport have?

Sofia Airport has two terminals, the old and small Terminal 1 and the new and larger Terminal 2. Most flights depart from T2, including flights of national airline Bulgaria Air. Terminal 1 is only used by low cost airlines Wizz Air and Ryanair. Sofia Airport metro station is next to Terminal 2. A free shuttle bus runs between terminals T1 and T2 every 30 minutes (Inter-Terminal Transfer)

On the ground floor of Terminal 2 you will find the check-in desks and the public area of the Departures hall and Arrivals hall. Check-in desks 1 to 24 and gates A, B, C are used for international flights. After security, you can reach the international Departures hall on the upper floor via escalators. Check-in desks 25 to 34 and gate D1 are reserved for domestic air traffic. The Arrivals hall is divided into International Arrivals and Domestic Arrivals, close to the airport’s taxi stand and and bus stops.

The Departures hall and Arrivals hall of Terminal 1 are not interconnected for passengers. The Departures hall of Terminal 1 at Sofia Airport is small with 17 check-in desks and 7 gates, there is little waiting room, but there is a nice café-restaurant on the first floor.

Airport Map


Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Sofia Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in Bulgaria.

Airport Distance
Niš Airport (Serbia) 144km
Skopje Airport (North Macedonia) 167km
Pristina Airport (Kosovo) 195km

Transportation

Car

The distance from Sofia Airport to the centre of Sofia is 11 kilometres. By car, it takes 20 minutes to get to the centre of Sofia.

From SOF Airport to Sofia City centre by Car
11 km
20 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Sofia Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Sofia Airport you can travel by bus and metro. Visit the Sofia Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Sofia Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Sofia is about BGN 20.-. Book your taxi at Sofia Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From SOF Airport to Sofia City centre by Taxi
11 km
20 min
BGN 20.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Sofia Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Sofia Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Sofia Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Sofia Airport.

Services

Flights

Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Sofia Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Sofia Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Sofia Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Bulgaria Air
  • Ryanair
  • Wizz Air
  • easyJet
  • Lufthansa

Accommodations

Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Sofia Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

business

Metropolitan Hotel Sofia, a member of Radisson Individuals, Sofia

Metropolitan Hotel Sofia provides free WiFi, free airport shuttle, upon request and availability and free private parking on site. The relax centre comes with a gym, a sauna and a steam bath.

luxury

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel, Sofia

The modern 4-star Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel is located in a new business district, only 750 metres away by car from Sofia International Airport Terminal 1 and 1 km from Sofia International Airport Terminal 2.

family

Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel, Sofia

Located in Sofia,1 km from the Sofia airport, Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel offers free airport shuttle and free parking. A restaurant with garden views is available. Free WiFi access is provided throughout.

Hotels in Sofia

Looking for the best hotels in Sofia? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

business

InterContinental Sofia, an IHG Hotel, Sofia

Located in the heart of Sofia, InterContinental Sofia offers two restaurants, a 24/7 fitness centre and city and mountain views. The hotel’s location provides easy access to the main historical and cultural buildings, as well as to the shopping area.

luxury

Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia, Sofia

Enjoying a privileged location in the heart of Sofia, next to Serdika Underground Station, the exclusive Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel. It includes Bar Basilica and Restaurant Labels.

budget

Hello Sofia Guesthouse, Sofia

The Hello Sofia Guesthouse occupies a historic building in the centre of Sofia, 800 metres from the National Theatre and 1 km from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Sofia Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!

Ticket

Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with Lunch & Admission

Visit 2 of Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage sites on a day trip to the Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains and the Boyana Church on the outskirts of Sofia. Go to the cave where the miracle-worker Saint Ivan Rilski lived, see medieval paintings and more.

Activity

Sofia: Communist Walking Tour

Find out what it was like on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain in Sofia by joining our Communist tour. Discover a 45-year-long period compressed into an informative 3-hour walk as you learn about the factors that led to communism and its aftermath.

Tour & transport

From Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Small Group Tour

Explore 2 of Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an exciting minibus tour from Sofia. Visit the Rila Monastery and get breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Then, see stunning pre-Renaissance frescoes at the Boyana Church.

Reviews

  3 reviews

Have you visited Sofia Airport lately? So far, 3 airport passengers have written an airport review about Sofia Airport. This airport has an average score of 2 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport review

Javor Kolev
1 year ago
★★★★★

I can only review Terminal 2, where I have both arrived, and picked up friends arriving, in the last 3 months. Arrival works well, procedures are fast, even with the Covid checks which are right after pass control. Luggage handling is fast as well.
When picking up arriving friends, I park in the car park under T2, which is the most practical and easy option, it costs 3lv/hour. In summary, Sofia airport T2 is a modern facility, only a few shops, and eating places are simple, but it is efficient, clean, with competent staff, and has always worked well for me.

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