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How to get to Bansko

Flying to Bansko

These days getting to Bansko from the UK or most parts of Europe is nice and easy. From the UK it’s possible to get a direct flight to Sofia (capital of Bulgaria) which is the closest airport to Bansko from the following cities: 

  • London
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Liverpool

By using Skyscanner it’s possible to quickly find the most competitive prices and the journeys that will best suit you and your group. In addition to the direct flights it’s also possible to fly with multiple stops (occasionally works out cheaper but much worse for the planet) which is also something Skyscnner will cover for you. In addition to the main airlines that are compared on SkyScanner it’s also possible to fly with BulgariaAir as well as British airlines, on both sites you’ll find more details. It’s worth noting that if you choose to holiday with us we work with Carbon Footprint to offset the carbon emitted on your return flight but if not it’s worth considering supporting companies such as Sustainable Travel where possible.

Bansko Town

Whilst we offer free airport transfers from Sofia with all our holiday packages it’s also possible to fly into Plovdiv as well as Thessaloniki (Greece) if this better suits your journey. Rough travel times from each city are as follows:

  • Sofia: 2 hours (100 miles)
  • Plovdiv: 3 hours (100 miles)
  • Thessaloniki: 4 hours (160 miles)

Shared/Private Transfers to Bansko

The easiest way to get from all airports is through transfer companies such as ShuttleDirect, Bansko express or Traventuria who can help you with either private or shared transfers, picking you up from right outside the airport and dropping you and all your bags to your destination. All their prices can be found through their websites.

In addition to a private or shared transfer it’s also possible to travel from Sofia by:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Rent a car
  • Taxi


If taking a bus you’ll first need to get to the main bus/train station and the best way to do this is via the Metro for 1.60 leva. At terminal 2 there is a metro station which is easily reached from terminal 1 via a free bus which runs every 30 minutes and takes around 5 minutes. Metro tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or the ticket machine with the trains running from 5am to midnight.

Once on the metro travel to the Central Railway station which is where the bus station is located.

Bansko’s Gondola


If you don’t fancy taking  the metro or you have many bags, grabbing a taxi may be easier. 

When you arrive in the arrivals lounge you will see many taxi drivers offering a ride into Sofia. We strongly recommend using OK Supertrans taxi and purchasing a ticket from the counter in the airport to avoid any problems.

Alternatively TaxiMe or Yellow Taxi apps can be used (similar to Uber). Journey time should be around 20 minutes and costs around 12 leva. 

If you’re looking to support a new initiative and support treener energy, renting an electric car through Spark electric cars may be an option however to date we haven’t got much experience with it to report.

Bus from Sofia to Bansko

Taking the bus is a very affordable and environmentally responsible way of travelling with the journey costing around 15 leva. From the central bus station to Bansko the buses depart every day at: 

08:30, 09:45, 11:25, 13:15, 14:00 and 16:45

Returning from Bansko to the central bus station the times can all be found on the Avtogaria website.

The bus takes around 3.5 hours so definitely not the fastest option but great if you’re a solo traveller on a budget. Bansko isn’t the final bus stop so it’s important to pay attention toward the end of the journey. Once in Bansko the bus stop is at the bottom of the resort (around 30 minutes uphill walk to the gondola so worth planning your journey.

Train to Bansko

If you’re in a hurry this option isn’t for you with the journey taking around 8 hours and including a midway change of train.  This one’s definitely for the more adventurous and sets off from the main train station in Sofia. Make sure you take food and drink on board with you.

Prices are as follows:

  • First class adult: 14.10 leva
  • First class children: 8.45 leva
  • Second class adult: 11.30 leva
  • Second class children: 5.65 leva

More information can be found here.

Rent a car

If you’re looking for a little more freedom renting a car is a great option. It’s reasonably affordable but it’s worth noting that Bulgaria driving is very different to driving in the UK. Expect to be overtaken aggressively and the occasional tailgating. Google maps is now pretty reliable with a motorway taking you a lot of the way once out of Sofia. Cars can be collected straight from the airport with many companies offering a variety of options. Some options available; Top rent a car, Choice or use Travel Supermarket to compare. Journey time is between 2 and 2.5 hours.

In summary, if you choose to holiday with us we’ll make your journey nice and easy, helping you find flights and then picking you up from the airport and bringing you straight to us. If not there are plenty of options above that will keep you nice and entertained.

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