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Sofia Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Sofia Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

At about 11 PM security asked me why I was there. What they want to hear is that you are taking a flight out the NEXT morning. I didn't have to show my ticket. -a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Sofia Airport.

What to Expect

  • A modern international airport with two separate terminal buildings. Terminal 1, the smaller and older of the two terminals, is designated for low-cost carriers. The newer and bigger Terminal 2 handles major international airlines. A wide variety of shops and restaurants are available, but close at night, so have food and beverage handy for late night snacking!
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • A popular spot for sleeping is the cafe area in Terminal 2, with plenty of armrest-free benches. One of the cafes has a few leather couches to sleep on until about 4:00AM, when the cafe prepares to open.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Sofia Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Sofia Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or purchasing a lounge pass. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Sofia Airport.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Sofia Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ibis Sofia Airport - (10 minute walk from Terminal 1) Free airport shuttle. 4 minute ride from Terminal 2. Shuttle Hours: 24 hours, upon request.
  • Novotel Sofia - (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.
  • Metropolitan Hotel Sofia - (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Sofia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Airport Tours - A guide will lead you on a 5-kilometer route for a 60-minute tour through the apron, along the taxiways to the runway and the Iskar river bridge. Visit the airport fire and rescue station and the unique noise protection screen. You must register at least 5 days in advance. Rates: BGN 99.00 / EUR 50.40 per person.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes, located in the Arrivals and Departures Halls (landside).
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - Yes, ICE Exchange has 3 locations: Terminal 1, Baggage Claim • Terminal 2, Baggage Claim • Terminal 2, Level 1.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free is available at the airport. As well there are a variety of shops including several convenience style shops. Hours: Not known.
  • Family Services - The airport has four nursing rooms (two in each Terminal) available for changing and nursing. Cribs are also included.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food and beverage concessions. However vending machines can be found in the Arrivals Hall.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Location: Terminals 1 and 2, departure area, landside. Rates: Small suitcase - BGN 10; big suitcase - BGN 15.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Pharmacy - Yes, available in Terminal 2, Landside. Hours: Not known.
  • Post Office - Location: Terminals 1 and 2, departure area, landside.
  • Prayer Room - Location: Terminal 2, level 1, airside, opposite gate C1.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

Information not available

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

City bus 84 offers service between the airport and General Gurko Str, with several stops along the way, including to both airport terminals. A one-way journey from one end of the route to the other takes about 40 minutes. City Bus 384 travels between the airport and Druzhba 2 on a 25-minute route, with several stops made along the way. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine in the T1 Arrivals Hall (landside), or from the Razprostranenie na Pechata booths in both terminals.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Avtojet • Budget • Choice Rent a Car • Enterprise • Europcar • Firefly • Gates Car Hire • Hertz • Motopfohe • Sixt • Tany 97 • Thrifty.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by free shuttle bus service, which runs in a circuit every 30 minutes between 7:00AM - 7:00PM. After hours, shuttle bus service must be requested at the Information Desk or by telephone. Shuttle bus stops are clearly marked in front of each terminal.

Metro

Sofia Airport is connected to the city center via Metro Line 1, in an 18-minute journey. Sofia Central Bus and Railway Station is only 30 minutes away if you change from Metro Line 1 to Line 2. Trains run from 5:30AM - 12:00AM, and you can catch one at the Sofia Airport metro station, located in the eastern part of T2.

Taxi

Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. If you wish, you can pay for your journey before boarding a taxi if you stop at the OK Supertrans taxi booths in the T1 or T2 Arrivals Halls.

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Last Updated: 10 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .