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The 6 Best Ways to Travel Around Bulgaria

Sophia cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a popular destination around the world for amazing views, vibrant European culture, and relics of the old. Although this is a wonderful city to visit, you might have to deal with crowds on your trip.

Most Bulgarian cities are equipped with various transportation options. Here are the best ways to get around during your trip:

Car Hire

Having a car hire in Bulgaria will prove to be convenient during your trip, especially if you’re planning to stay for a long time.

Hiring a car gives you the freedom to be independent of other people’s schedules. You can take spontaneous trips from destination to destination and explore as much as you want.

There are places to rent a car in most of Bulgaria’s major cities. You can rent a car for as little as 25 euro per day and even drop the car off in a different city.

Car-Share

If you want some of the freedom that comes with having your car, but you don’t want to pay a high price, consider car-sharing.

Car sharing is popular in Bulgaria because students wanted to take trips back and forth from their homes during weekends and university days.

Although you won’t have complete freedom, this option allows you to meet local people and learn more about the culture of the area.

You can find a car-share by asking around on Facebook.

 Train

Trains are one of the most popular transportation options in Bulgaria. On a train, you get a chance to take in scenic views of landscapes and interact with people.

However, trains in Bulgaria tend to run slow. Only choose to ride a train if you’re on a leisurely trip and don’t mind waiting.

Bus

Bulgaria has a reliable network of bus companies that maintain low prices. Nearly every city and small village in Bulgaria can be reached by bus.

If you are hopping on a bus from Sofia, you can use either Central station terminal or bus station “Zapad” (west).

Bus drives in Bulgaria are very pleasant. If you ask politely, they might be willing to drop you off somewhere in between stops on the primary route.

You can also take something called a minibus. Minibuses allow you to travel between smaller villages on the coast. Tickets for minibuses are priced similarly to public buses but you’ll have to purchase the ticket directly from the driver. Departures times can usually be found of the bus’s front windows.

Hitchhiking

Oddly enough, hitchhiking is another popular method of transportation in Bulgaria. If you are an adventurous traveler, don’t hesitate to try hitchhiking in Bulgaria.

In the summer seasons, you’ll only have to wait an average of 10-15 minutes to find someone who’s willing to give you a ride.

In Bulgaria, it’s not uncommon for people of all ages to hitchhike for rides to the mountains or seaside.

Taxi

Taxis can be flagged down in most of Bulgaria’s cities and towns. Rates vary depending on the service, but Bulgarian taxis are usually affordable.

You can charter a taxi for a longer trip with a negotiable rate. To calculate the rate, it’s a matter of knowing the rate and distance per kilometer, plus waiting time.

All taxis are obligated to list their rates clearly on the window. Rates vary depending on the time of day, time waited, booking method, etc.

Warning: Be wary of drivers who try to charge you too much because they recognize that you’re a tourist. This is common in some countries and you can usually negotiate a fair price when you confront them from attempting to scam you. You’re likely to run into these dishonest drivers at like airports or train stations.

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