The 40th IAD Conference

The 40th IAD Conference

Public Transport in Sofia


Trams, trolleybuses and buses cover the whole of the city, including the outskirts. Tickets must be bought from kiosks prior to boarding and validated on the bus or tram. Look for the punching devices on the wall of the bus, insert the ticket and punch. Many trams and trolleybuses now have ticket machines at the front, where you can buy a ticket that does not need punching. The ticket is only valid for the journey on that particular tram/bus; if you change - you will need to punch a new ticket. One ticket costs 1 lev (0.5 Euro).

Sofia has two underground (metro) lines which intersect in the city centre at the Serdika stop. One line runs from the East (Inter Expo Centre) to the West (Lyulin and Obelya), via the city centre while the other, shorter line runs from South (Kempinski hotel) to North (Nadezhda). Tickets cost 1 lev and can be bought from the ticket machines at the entrance to the stations.

Daily travel card is valid for every kind of public transport which costs 4 levs (2 Euro).

Arrival and Transport in Sofia

Sofia airport is located only 10 km from the city center, in the eastern part of the capital. The journey from the airport into the town is taking not more than 30 minutes. Sofia airport now has two terminals, T1 and T2. Most scheduled flights operate out of Terminal 2 (the new one), Terminal 1 being used for charter flights and budget airlines, such as Easy Jet and Wizzair. Check carefully with your airline from which terminal it operates. The website of the airport has live flight information in English (www.sofia-airport.bg).

Public bus No. 84 stops at both terminals and travels down Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd. via the University (close to the conference venue) to Gurko Str. in Sofia city centre and vice versa. The bus ticket can be bought at the newspaper kiosk in either terminal.

International trains provide a large number of routes to Sofia, arriving from such places as Kiev, Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest and other common cities to the main railway station in Sofia (www.bdz.bg).

Sofia international bus station is adjacent to the main railway station (tis.centralnaavtogara.bg). Most buses arriving from or going to the countryside or abroad come here.

You can take underground (metro) transport from the Main railway station (or the International bus station) to the Serdika metro station and walk on foot to conference venue or to the Sofia University metro station nearby the venue after changing the metro line 2 with metro line 1 at the Serdika metro station for one metro stop.