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Transfer - Sofia to Bansko and back  

Private Transfer

As in Britain there are many options for a private vehicle transfer between Sofia and Bansko. One is met at the exit gate and driven door to door. Depending on traffic the journey will take between two and three hours.

A company we have found very helpful is:

(please note that we have no control over the operators and cannot be held responsible for their operation)

Car Hire

Again there are many possibilities available. Most of the major rental companies will reserve you a car and many have booths at the airport. Others will send a representative to meet you. There are also some smaller Bulgarian companies which we have found pleasing in the past including:

(please note that we have no control over the operators and cannot be held responsible for their operation)



The poor person's option or the adventurer's choice?

There is a very good bus service between Sofia and Bansko by long distance type coaches taking between three and four hours. There are various companies operating from two Sofia bus stations and the cost is very reasonable (about 18 lev [£9] one way in 2017).

The main bus station is the very smart Central Bus Station (Tsentralna avtogara) which was built in 2004 and can outdo the facilities of some older airports. (Unfortunately they seem to have discontinued the English version of the website.) It is situated to the north of the centre of Sofia. If you follow the link via the timetable you will be able to access the up-to-date information. The route is Sofia to Gotse Delchev which stops at Bansko. However, only four or five buses to Bansko run from here and the last departure is at 1645 hours so it is often better to go to the alternative bus station.

The alternative bus station is the Avtogara Ovcha Kupel (also known as Zapad West) (one guide suggests you take tram #5 from behind the Palace of Justice, and get off at the eleventh stop - we think a taxi might be preferable). Ovcha Kupel is an old bus station to the south west of Sofia centre off Tsar Boris III Boulevard.

For a guide to the times of buses to Bansko see which is a site giving details of all transport in Bulgaria. Also has useful telephone numbers etc.

All the buses seem to have a ten to fifteen minute break at one of the big towns where many of the travellers get off for a smoke or coffee - a chance for a 'natural break.'

As always it is helpful to have your destination written down in Cyrillic script.

The bus station in Bansko is to the north of the town. Taxis are usually waiting there.

Page updated 19.06.2014