When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Sofia?
For the cheapest flights to Sofia, it’s best to book during the city’s low season, typically September to January. During these months the temperature is significantly lower, January being coldest with an average temperature of -1 degree Celsius and the chances of both rain and snow increase. This is by far the best time to visit Sofia on a budget as tourist levels are lowest.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Sofia?
It is generally recommended to book your return flights a couple of months before departing if you’re after well-priced Sofia flights and want to secure your desired departure dates and times. However, there’s often a great deal to be had on last-minute flights. If you’re a fan of classical music, make sure to visit between mid-June and mid-July to catch the Varna Summer International Music Festival.
Flying to Sofia Airport (SOF)
Sofia Airport (SOF) is the largest international airport in Bulgaria and it is situated just east of the capital. It offers a huge number of direct flights to cities worldwide, including most major UK airports.
When flying from London, both British Airways and Bulgaria Air offer direct return flights from London Heathrow to Sofia, whereas carriers like Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines run flights to Sofia that stop off in Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Vienna. If you wish to fly from elsewhere in the UK, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol airports all offer similar indirect Sofia flights to those which depart from London Heathrow.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
SOF is comprised of two terminals, one of which was built in the first half of the 20th century and is generally used for low-cost and charter flights, and a newer, second terminal, opened in 2006, which is much more spacious. Both terminals offer a wide selection of restaurants and cafes, along with several travel retail and duty-free shops. There is also access to several bank branches, ATMs, currency exchange services and a prayer and meditation room.
Getting to the City from Sofia Airport (SOF)
Located just 10 km east of the city centre, it is extremely quick and easy to reach Sofia from SFO. The metro station is located minutes from terminal 2 and it takes just 18 minutes from SOF to the city centre. Public bus lines also serve the airport and provide transport to Sofia University, the Druzhba residential district and Tsarigradsko shose metro station. You can also catch the train straight into central Sofia from the recently built railway station located 2.5 kilometres from the airport at Iskarsko shose metro station, which is two stops away from the airport on the metro. Finally, both taxis and car rentals are available from Sofia Airport.
Why Visit Sofia?
Sofia is the fascinating result of a melting pot of civilisations, empires and kingdoms that have all, at one point or another, called the region their home. Over a number of millennia, it has been moulded and shaped into a city which is so rich in culture and history that to spend any number of days exploring its wondrous streets would be considered a treat.
Every inch of Sofia is covered with artefacts from years gone by and everything from ancient Roman to Soviet architectural styles can be spotted by the keen observer on any given street. From the 4th century Rotunda of St. George in the centre of Sofia to the modern Business Park Sofia on the periphery, this historical centre has lived to see a multitude of ages go by, all of which have left their own unique mark on the city.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
If you are a UK national looking to visit Sofia then no travel visas are required as Bulgaria is an EU member state. If you are a non-EU national residing in the UK, a visa may be required, depending on your country of origin. The currency used in Sofia is the Bulgarian lev. We recommend that you exchange some currency before your arrival in case of emergency, but further lev can be obtained when you arrive through bureaus de change throughout the city.