Sofia Airport: Location, Destinations and Services

Sofia Airport (IATA code SOF) is Bulgaria’s main international airport and a hub for Bulgaria Air, Bulgaria Air Charter and BH Air.


Sofia Airport facts and figures

 

In 2019, the airport served more than 7 million passengers.

In its  Sofia Airport facility, Lufthansa Technik Sofia manages the repair and maintenance of narrowbody aircraft. The base serves customers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. 

The airport operator that takes care of flight security and passenger safety is Sofia Airport EAD.

Sofia Airport is also a base for Ryanair and Wizz air. Recently, the latter opened a new maintenance base at the airport in collaboration with Rose Air. The facility features three production lines with an overall capacity of 300 planes a year.

The current concessionaire of Sofia Airport is Sof Connect consortium (led by the French Meridian Investment Fund). The concessionaire has announced its ambitious plan to improve the infrastructure of Terminal 1, expand Terminal 2 and even build a new - third terminal.

The concession of Sofia Airport is expected to contribute BGN 2 billion to the Bulgarian economy, says the local Minister of Transport.


Location

 

Sofia Airport is located about 10 kilometers east of the capital, which makes it a suitable starting point for travels in Western Bulgaria. A large number of tourists  arriving at the airport head directly to the popular ski and snowboard resorts on Vitosha, Bansko and Borovets. The journey from Sofia airport to the ski slopes of Vitosha mountain is less than 1 hour.

 


Terminals

 

Sofia Airport has two terminals.

Terminal 1

This terminal serves mainly low-cost carriers such as Wizz air, Easyjet, etc.

Passengers can find a VIP terminal in the west wing of Terminal 1 equipped with its own separate entrance and also used for government and diplomatic flights.

As of 2006, the terminal has a new runway with a capacity of 25 takeoffs and landings per hour.

The capacity of Terminal 1 is 1.8 million passengers per year.

 

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is a hub for the national carrier Bulgaria Air. This new and modern terminal is also used by major carriers such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and others. Currently, Terminal 2 serves one low-cost carrier - Ryanair.

The Terminal 2 building was constructed by the Austrian company Strabag. It features 7 air-bridges, 38 check-in desks and covers an area of 50,000 m2 including a vast commercial zone.

The annual capacity of Terminal 2 is 2.6 million passengers. At rush hour the new terminal has a capacity of 2,500 people.

 

The current concessionaire of Sofia Airport is making plans for the construction of a new Terminal 3.

 


Transport

 

Sofia Airport offers quick and easy access not only to the capital, but also to various parts of the country, including winter resorts and Black Sea destinations.

To the capital

Passengers can get from Sofia Airport to the capital using:

  • Bus - lines 84 and 184 of the public transport connect Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 with the central part of Sofia city. The journey to the capital city center is about 30 minutes, and the ticket price is the standard one - BGN 1.60. Passengers should keep in mind that a suitcase with dimensions over 60x60x40 is charged extra.
  • The metro station at Sofia Airport is located at Terminal 2 (eastern part). The metro connects the airport to nearby neighborhoods such as Mladost and Druzhba, the city center (less than 20 minutes away) and more remote neighborhoods such as Lyulin. The metro also connects with the Central Railway Station and Sofia Central Bus Station. Here passengers can catch a train or coach to any part of the country.
  • If your flight arrives at Terminal 1, you can take the free shuttle bus to Terminal 2.

The journey takes about 30 minutes and leaves from the bus stop located next to the Terminals every 30 minutes.

Note that the inter-terminal shuttle bus runs from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Passengers who need to use it after 9 p.m. should know that it is also available on request. For more information contact the staff at the Information desks located in the public areas of the two terminals.

  • Taxis - Taxi stops are available at Arrivals at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • Car rental - Sofia Airport has contracts with several companies that offer car rental services. In the Arrivals lounge at both terminals, passengers can find extra information at the offices of Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Choice, etc.
  • Parking - both terminals have parking lots that allow for both hourly and longer-term use. The parking lot of Terminal 2 can accommodate over 800 vehicles.

Intercity transportation

The metro and the public buses take passengers to the Central Bus Station and the Central Railway Sofia Station, located close to each other. Here, passengers can catch a train or coach to different parts of the country.

Sofia Airport also offers domestic flights to the airports in Varna and Burgas, especially popular with tourists.


Airlines and destinations

 

Sofia Airport operates flights of major airlines such as Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airways and low-cost Wizz air, Easyjet, Ryanair and others.

Among the busiest routes are those to London, Munich, Frankfurt, Varna, Istanbul, Paris, etc.

In case your flight has been delayed or canceled at Sofia Airport in the last 3 years, according to European Regulation 261/04, you may be entitled to compensation of up to € 600.

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Services

 

Shopping

Travellers can find duty free shops at both terminals offering cosmetics, perfumes, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages. You can also buy confectionery, accessories, and souvenirs, like Bulgarian bio cosmetics, traditional spices or herbal teas. The shops also offer a great wine selection by the best Bulgarian producers.

The working hours of all duty free shops are aligned with the first departing and the last arriving flight at the airport. Product prices are displayed in Euros and passengers are free to pay using credit or debit cards. Cash payments are also accepted in BGN, EUR, USD, British pounds and Swiss francs.

Food and drinks

At both terminals, passengers can find vending machines for drinks and packaged food, as well as coffee bars offering soft drinks, sandwiches and desserts.

VIP lounge

At Terminal 1 travellers can find a VIP lounge offering free internet access, cable TV and complimentary food and refreshments. The lounge can be used for an extra fee or by passengers holding a Priority Pass, Diners Club, Club Card, etc.

 

Fun Fact

At Terminal 2, photography lovers can find a special site that offers an year-round opportunity to photograph planes taking off and landing at Sofia Airport.


Enjoy your travels and feel free to contact us in case of any flight delay or cancellation.