Bulgaria’s bustling capital is easily reached from the UK and all other countries from the EU having benefitted significantly from the rise in low-cost flights across Europe. Out of London, regular international flights depart daily from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports, with travellers heading out of the capital able to benefit from competitively-priced airline tickets, particularly if they are able to book online or some time in advance.
Over recent years, these two national carriers have been joined by low-cost airlines EasyJet and Wizz Air, thereby giving passengers plenty of cheap flight options all year round. Flights are usually about two hours in total, meaning that it’s quick and easy to get to this wonderful European city without risking stop-over flights.
Bulgaria’s national carrier, Bulgaria Airlines, currently offers the greatest range of services between the UK and Sofia, flying between the city and Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports.
Sofia is strikingly cosmopolitan, the city has slowly established itself as a tourism destination in its own right, rather than being simply used as a base from which to explore the rest of the country, including its natural highlights and charming small towns and villages.
Effortlessly combining the old with the new, Sofia is the perfect getaway destination for those travelers looking for a buzzing, cosmopolitan capital without the tourist crowds.
Within the historic old-town, highlights include the stunning Saint Cyril and Methodius National Library, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the former royal palace at Battenberg Square, as well as the modern National Palace of Culture.
Just a short drive from the capital, the hotels and resorts of the Black Sea coast are a popular draw among locals and tourists alike, while the Rila and Pirin Mountains offer breathtaking hiking trails for walkers of all abilities looking to get back to nature.
The Vitosha mountain is great to visit renting a car. There are beautiful sports next to the road where you can see the whole of Sofia, Bulgaria. Especially in the night when the lights are on this is a very beautiful sight. If you sit in the car with your champagne, fresh from the mini bar. With your private driver waiting for you. You’ll feel like a king.
The city center during the day can be bad to drive. It will be really crowded and the traffic will go very slowly.
The city center in the evening and night is a different story. While driving pass the clubs you can check what’s going on. Next to that, you’ll always be able to go fast to another club or invite some friends inside the car.
The most places in Sofia won’t be that difficult to reach for you. Because, where other people have to try and find a parking space. Your driver will just go for a ride and wait for you.
At last, the main reason why you should rent a car while visiting Sofia is while the city is so wide spread. From north to the south the borders are more than 20 km from each other away. From east to the west it’s a little less but the airport is more than 5 km extra away.