Transportation

Transportation outside Sofia

In the State Agency for Refugees centers outside Sofia (such as Harmanli, Pastrogor, or Banya), almost everything is within walking distance.

To travel between towns and cities, use buses and trains. For more information on routes and schedules, visit Avtogari.info (only in Bulgarian). For train schedules, you can also visit the BDZ Passenger services website.

Sofia public transportation

The best and least expensive way to get around the city is through the public transportation system, including buses, trams, trolleybuses and the underground metro.

For detailed information, including schedules, visit the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre website. There are also mobile apps, such as Moovit: Bus, Rail, Tube, Maps and Sofia Public Transport, to view information and schedules on your phone.

Types of public transportation

You can travel by:

  • Bus
  • Tram
  • Trolleybus
  • Metro (underground):
    Line M1: Slivnitsa — Business Park
    Line M2: Vitosha — Obelya — Sofia Airport
    Line M3: Ovcha Kupel — Botevgradsko shose (under construction)
  • “Marshrutka” vans

“Marshrutka” are mini-vans with various routes throughout the city. You can hop on and off on demand (they don’t have designated stops). The price of the ticket is 1.5 leva.

Taking a metro in Sofia

Important transportation lines

  • Line 260: Goes to the Ovcha Kupel registration and reception center
  • Line 78, 119, 90: Goes to the Vrazhdebna accommodation center
  • Line 79 (bus), 11 and 12 (trams): Goes to the Voenna Rampa accommodation center

Night buses
There are four main night-bus lines that cross the city and connect the large neighbourhoods.

These are:

  • Line 1: Lyulin District 1 and 2 – Mladost 4 Qr
  • Line 2: Studentski grad Qr – Obelya Qr
  • Line 3: Iztok car depot – Ovcha kupel 2 Qr
  • Line 4: Druzhba 2 Qr – Gotse Delchev Qr

You can find the map of these lines in Bulgarian and English here.

These four lines have a common stop at Knyaz Alexander First Square. From this stop, you can make a connection to your destination.

Hours

Public transportation in Sofia officially operates between 5 a.m. and midnight every day. However, most transportation is limited after 10 p.m.

You can check the routes and schedules of the public transportation lines in Sofia on Urban Mobility Center’s website.

Public transportation at nighttime in Sofia operates between midnight and 4 a.m. and departs every 40 minutes. You can check the night transport schedules and lines on Urban Mobility Center's website.

How to ride

To use public transportation in Sofia, you have to buy a ticket.

Apart from the night bus, you can ride any tram, bus or trolleybus with the same kind of ticket. The metro (underground) requires a different type of ticket. However, the price is the same for both tickets.

Cost

You get one ride for each ticket.

Ticket type

Cost

One-way ticket

1.60 leva (approx. €0.80)

Cards and e-tickets for 10 travels*

12 leva (approx. €6)

Daily pass

4 leva (approx. €2)

Monthly pass

50 leva (approx. €25)

Annual pass

365 leva (approx. €187)

Night bus ticket

2 leva (approx. €1)

*Cards and e-tickets must be used one at a time. They cannot be used by 2 people on the same bus or tram.

Where to buy tickets and cards

Tram, bus, or trolleybus

You can buy tickets:

  • Directly from the driver
  • From vending machines inside the vehicles
  • At some bus stops (if there are ticket kiosks)
  • From Urban Mobility Centre offices

Night bus

You can buy tickets from the conductors who are on the bus. There are conductors on every night bus.

Metro

You can buy tickets:

  • From the ticket offices at metro stations
  • From Urban Mobility Centre offices

For more information on where to purchase tickets, visit the Urban Mobility Centre website.

Tram ticket in Sofia

How to use a ticket, card or pass

Ticket

Once you have a ticket, you have to validate it by running it through one of the perforators in the public vehicles. Usually, there are at least 4-5 of these devices in every tram, bus or trolleybus.

If you buy a ticket from a vending machine inside a tram, bus, or trolleybus, you do not need to perforate your ticket. The date and time of purchase will be printed on the ticket. You can only use a ticket once. Each vehicle’s perforators leave a unique pattern of holes through your ticket so you can’t reuse a ticket.

Night bus ticket

The conductors who sell tickets onboard will mark the date of purchase. Unfortunately, even if you have a subscription card for other public transport lines, you will not be able to use it since only daily trips are included in the price. That's why you have to buy a ticket.

Daily card

The daily card looks like a normal ticket, but you don’t have to run it through the perforators. Keep it with you at all times in case there are people checking for tickets.

Monthly pass

The monthly pass is a plastic card. Keep it with you at all times in case there are people checking for tickets.

What if I don’t have a ticket?

If you don’t have a ticket you risk being fined 40 leva.

The people responsible for keeping the order within the public transportation system are called “controllers.” They all have the same uniform and you can easily recognize them.

If you are fined, you have to pay the fine on the spot. Then the controller will give you a regular ticket and you can continue your ride.

The controller must show his or her official ID card. You cannot be fined if the controller does not show you an ID card.

Bringing luggage on public transportation

If you have a large piece of luggage that is around the size of a person, you have to buy an extra ticket for your luggage.

With a ticket, you have the right to carry up to 2 pieces of hand baggage (including musical instruments). Each piece of luggage can be up to 140 cm (height, width, length). You cannot be fined if the size of the luggage is not measured with a meter tool.