Getting to Bulgaria
You cross a number of countries. Up to Vienna there are no customs and visa formalities. It is more different crossing the countries of former
Yugoslavia; it is recommended to use the route
Vienna-Budapest-Belgrade-Sofia. The roads are first class, most of them highways. The distance
from Vienna to Sofia is about 1,500km. National drivers' licenses are valid in Bulgaria. Insurance has to be made in advance or paid at the border. Cars (self-drive
and chauffeur driven) may be rented at the border checkpoints and in all tourist offices throughout the country. Speed limit:
50 km/h in populated areas
90 km/h outside populated areas
120 km/h on highways.
See also European Long Distance Paths pass through Bulgaria:
E3 Black Sea - Iberia
E4 Mediterranean Arc
E8 Atlantic - Istanbul
Both foreign, as well as several Bulgarian state-owned and private airline companies link the country with the five continents. Domestic services
operate and charter flights are organized to resorts in summer and winter.
London: 3 hours
Moscow: 2 hours
New York: 14 hours
Paris: 3 hours
Rome: 2 hours
Tokyo: 23 hours
Zurich: 2 hours
Most important world air distances from:
The international airports are:
Sofia airport – tel.: +359 2/ 937 22 12
Plovdiv airport – tel.: +359 32/ 60 11 11
Varna airport – tel.: +359 52/ 50 08 34, 50 08 40
Bourgas airport – tel.: +359 56/ 87 02 48
The main trans-European and trans-continental trains run through Bulgaria. Sofia is directly connected with Paris, Vienna, Munich, Berlin.
See Rail Map of Bulgaria
There are sea and river connections via the Black sea and Danube. The majority are tourist cruises rather than regular boat links.
Black Sea ports Bourgas and Varna offer an extremely good access to Ukraine, Russia and the countries of the Mediterranean basin