Trains in Bulgaria
Bulgaria offers over 4000 km of rail track. The main rail hub is in the capital city Sofia, which has connections to Romania, Serbia and Turkey. Experience diverse scenic views onboard Bulgaria's trains.
Train types in Bulgaria
- Route Map
- Domestic Trains
Domestic trains in Bulgaria
Faster trains (routes: Sofia to Plovdiv, Sofia to Varna, Sofia to Burgas).
Reservations are required (approximately €0.25, or BGN 0.50 in local currency).
Local 'rapid' trains.
No reservation needed.
Slower local trains.
No reservation needed.
You can bring your bike on the train in Bulgaria. The fee is 2 BGN (Bulgarian lev, approximately €1) and you can pay this at the ticket desk.
- Domestic routes
- International routes
The following routes using trains in Bulgaria don't require reservations:
|Plovdiv to Burgas||5 hours|
|Sofia to Burgas||8 hours|
|Sofia to Plovdiv||3.5 hours|
|Sofia to Varna||7.5 hours|
Sofia has direct international train connections to several countries. Reservations are recommended.
|Route||Which train?||Travel time||Reservations|
|Sofia to Bucharest (Romania)||International (INT 460)||11.5 hours||Required|
|Sofia to Budapest (Hungary)||Intercity (INT 490, NT 340, FT 340)||20 hours||Required|
|Sofia to Thessaloniki (Greece)||Regional (RE 361)||7 hours||Required|
|Sofia to Istanbul (Turkey)*||International (INT)||13 hours||Optional|
*The train from Sofia to Istanbul ends at Istanbul Halkali station for an undefined period of time. This is a suburban station about 25 kilometers west of the city's central station.
Which trains in Bulgaria require reservations?
Cost: Approximately €0.25, or BGN 0.50 in local currency.
You may have to pay an extra commission.
How can I make reservations for Expresen Vlak trains in Bulgaria?
At Rila travel agencies, which you can find at train stations across Bulgaria.
Check locations on the BDZ website.
A reservation is called "zapazeno myasto" in Bulgarian.
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Tips and Tricks for Bulgaria
Spelling of names in Bulgaria
The local spelling of Bulgarian cities can be found at train stations in Bulgaria and on timetables in the country.
Good to know:
Sofiya (written as "София") = Sofia
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