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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). 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. [ more lounge info ]

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

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

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

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
  • 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 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. 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 – 11:30PM. 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. For BGN 1 (per piece) they will also weigh your luggage to insure it meets flight requirements.

Mobile Charging – As of December 2017, there were no designated mobile charging areas. One reader did find a working outlet in men’s washroom. Perhaps the women’s washroom will also have one.

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 – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

Information not available

Airlines

As of February 2018, Sofia airport is served by the following airlines: Bulgaria Air • Wizz Air • Aegean Airlines • Ryanair • Air Serbia • Thomson Airways • Enter Air • Qatar Airways • FlyDubai • Jet2 • easyJet • Alitalia • Turkish Airlines • Germania • Azerbaijan Airlines • Lufthansa • Wind Rose Aviation • EL AL Israel Airlines • Smarwing • Austrian Airlines • Rossiya Airlines • LOT.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The 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.

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.

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

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).

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.