Getting There

Taxi
Coach or Bus
Train
Car

Bansko mountains from the road

 

Getting There

Bansko is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour transfer from Sofia airport. However, journey times have reduced significantly over the last couple of years as roads have been improved.

An alternative to flying to Sofia is to fly to Plovdiv which is roughly the same distance away. Personally we have not tried this route.

There are rumours about a local airport being built near Bansko, but as far as we know they are just rumours at this time.

There are a variety of ways of doing the transfer between Sofia and Bansko varying in cost and convenience. These include taxi, coach, scheduled bus and if you're very brave a train (though we've never found anyone that has had the time or inclination to take the train!).

Taxi

Whilst you can hire a taxi at the airport is is recommended that you arrange a taxi transfer before you travel. There are a lot of companies who provide this service which is typically around 60-70 Euro each way. This price is likely to reduce as other methods of transport become cheaper and thereby more competitive.

We can arrange your transfer for you via our managing agent, Stefan in Bansko.

Be careful as some companies are less scrupulous about insurance, etc.

Coach or Bus

There is a recently new service from a company run from the UK called BanskoExpress. This is useful if you are arriving at Sofia via EasyJet or Wizzair.and is about 28 Euro return. This must be booked in advance. The downside of using this service is that you may be delayed when planes arrive late or luggage goes astray. BanskoExpress provide transport suitable for the number of passengers they have booked as so if you are lucky you may travel in a car instead of a minibus or coach.

There are scheduled bus services from the central bus station in Sofia. These costs as little as 14 Lv (about £6) but obviously only run when scheduled.

Trains

You can try if you like but you're braver than me and an awful lot of Bulgarians I've spoken to!

Car

Bansko is around 160km from Sofia. Cars can be rented from most of the usual names, but it is recommended that you book in advance. Please be conscious of the fact that police are very vigilant and will stop you and fine on the spot for speeding offences.