Sofia is the great heart of Bulgaria, rich in history and yet still young. Not without reason do the residents call their city “ageless”. The long history of Sofia is still visible today in the well-preserved relics and remarkable structures from the times of the Romans, the Ottomans and the Tsars.

Socialist-era housing blocks in the outskirts and the former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party offer reminders of the more recent past of this EU member state

Modern Sofia is a cosmopolitan city, which continues to surprise visitors of all ages. Few large cities have as many trees in their charming neighbourhood streets or parks in their centres as Sofia. Close by lies the Vitosha mountain range, where locals and visitors enjoy relaxing on walks away from the dynamic life of the city.

A leisurely stroll along Vitosha Boulevard with its many boutiques and cafés is very enjoyable. Sofia’s shopping mile advances everyday towards a popular meeting point. Seeing and being seen is the name of the game.

Culture fans also find their fill in Sofia. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its gold cupola, the St. George Rotunda and the public baths with active mineral springs: the capital of Bulgaria is full of wonderful sights worth discovering.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital and largest city of Bulgaria

  • Population

    approx. 1.27 million

  • Size

    approx. 492 km²

  • Public transport

    Good bus and tram network, two underground lines

  • Climate

    Humid continental climate. Cold winder with fog and snow, warm and sunny summer

  • Best time to visit

    The weather is best between spring and autumn

  • Good to know

    Taxis are usually cheap in Sofia. The fare must be displayed in the vehicle. If the price is not visible or seems too high (comparisons recommended), it is advisable to take another taxi.

  • Nice to know

    Sofia is one of Europe's oldest cities. It has been inhabited permanently since the New Stone Age.

  • Airport

    Sofia-Vrazhdebna; around 10 km east of the city centre

  • Bus

    The bus route 84 takes you into the city centre; every 15 minutes, journey time approx. 30 minutes.

  • Underground

    The underground line 1 is planned to serve the city centre from summer 2015.

  • Taxi

    Book only at the official OK Supertrans desk in the arrivals hall. Their official taxi stand is in front of the west exits from terminals 1 and 2. The journey into the city centre takes around 20 minutes depending on traffic.