Sleeping in Airports

Sofia Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Sofia Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

A guy a couple of meters away was sleeping on chairs. Border guards approached him, woke him up and said that this was not a hotel to sleep in. – a traveller

SOF Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Sofia International Airport.

What to Expect

There are two terminal at Sofia Airport (code: SOF): the older Terminal 1 handles low-cost routes and Terminal 2, opened in 2006, houses standard international carriers. A free shuttle bus connects the two terminals. Amenities include a variety of eateries and shops, including duty-free, though none are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re camping out. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sofia Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / September 2019)

Where to Sleep

According to a traveller in June 2021, security guards will wake up overnight sleepers.  We have no additional details about whether travellers are being asked to leave the terminal or just woken up to make it difficult to sleep. For the daytime sleeper, Terminal 2 is a bit more welcoming than Terminal 1; however, it seems that most seats have armrests or are made of metal. Try the cafe area in T2 for some leather couches. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag for comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby, including one in walking distance of T1.  See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes.  » Check Rates
  • Novotel Sofia – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Metropolitan Hotel Sofia – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

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.

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, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Sofia Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, International Departures, Airside, Level 2, opposite Gate 1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Pliska Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level +1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Preslav Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 0. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Vitosha Aspire Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Level 1. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Sofia Airport.

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

Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour. A guide will lead you on a 5-kilometer route 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 – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, in the Arrivals and Departures Halls.

Currency Exchange – 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 and is open according to flight schedules. As well there are a variety of shops including several convenience style shops. Hours: unknown.

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. Restaurants are open 6:00AM – 11:50PM. Vending machines can be found in the Arrivals Hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: Terminals 1 and 2, departure area, landside. Rates: Small suitcase – BGN 10.00 • Big suitcase – BGN 15.00. You can also weigh your bag here for BGN 1.00 / piece to insure it meets flight requirements.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there is mobile changing boxes available airside.

Pharmacy – Location: Terminal 2, Landside. Hours: unknown.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s post office. Location: Terminals 1 and 2, Landside, departure area.

Prayer Room – Location: Terminal 2, level 1, airside, opposite gate C1.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Sofia airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAeroflotAir France • Air Serbia • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Bulgaria Air • Buta Airways • EasyJet • El Al • flydubai • LOT • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • TAROM • Transavia • Turkish Airlines • Wind Rose Aviation • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

SOF airport is well connected to the bus system. City buses 84 and 184 offer service between the airport and General Gurko Str, while city bus 384 travels between the airport and Druzhba 2. Journeys last between 25 and 40 minutes depending on destination and time of day. 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 and more. Note: Majority of the agencies have offices in Terminal 2.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by a free shuttle bus, which runs every 15 minutes between the hours of 5:00AM – 11:00PM.

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 (follow the blue lines on the floor).

Taxi

OK Supertrans is the official taxi service provider of the airport. Follow the yellow path to find the taxi booths (available in both the T1 or T2 Arrivals Halls).

Last updated: 2020-06-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.