How to get to Varna
by dok in Tips and tricks on 2013-03-22

How to get to Varna?


If you travel by plane


Varna's Airport is located about 7 km west of the town. There are a few options to get to the city from the airport, as follows:


By bus

You can easily catch bus number 409. The bus station is located in front of the VIP exit. The working time table over the weekdays is between 5:45 and 20:00 and over the weekend between 5:45 - 23:00. The arrival time is between 15 - 20 minutes. Prices are 1 BGN to the city and 3 BGN to Golden Sands and you pay to the person assigned for this in the bus.

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Rent a car

All rent-a-car offices are located in Terminal 1 (Arrivals). There you can find several well known rent-a-car companies like AVIS, SIXT, Budget, Dollar Thrifty.


By taxi

If there is no bus, and you don't need a rent-a-car, you can take a taxi. The rate should be written on the door windows and should not be more than 1 BGN per km. Make sure that the taxi driver switches on the meter in his car, otherwise he might ask for any higher price and you won’t have any argument to refuse.


If you travel by car


From Sofia, Varna can be reached by Haemus Motorway E83 - A2. The road is around 470 km long and it should take you around 5 h. You will have to buy a vignette, the price of it for a week is 10 BGN.


From Burgas, take the motorway A-5, the way is around 120 km.


From Bucarest, take the European road E70, you will need to drive for about 300 km.


From Istanbul and Costanca, use road E87 from Romania.


If you travel by bus


Usually all of the buses make a first stop at the Assumption Cathedral in Varna, which you cannot miss when entering Varna. However, if you're sleeping and miss that stop or just have to wait for someone at the bus station just follow these navigations:

If you want to reach the city center, you can walk - just walk along the large boulevard called Vladislav Varnenchick towards East, and in about 20 minutes you will see the Cathedral on you right site.


If you have a lot of luggage and prefer to take a bus - take number 18, 18A, 118, 121, 148 or 409 from Vladislav Varnenchik Blvd. or 118, 121 from Slivnica Blvd. Prices are 1 BGN and you will be in the city center in less than 10 minutes.


If you travel by train


Our train station is within walking distance from the city center. Once you exit the train station pass, the underpass and walk up the street “Tzar Simeon” for about 10 min and you will be at one of the main squares with fountains in the middle. Walk left around the fountains and in about 100 m you will see the Cathedral.


If you are tired and prefer to take a bus, you can catch several buses -  7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 29, 31, 31а, 32, 39. There are 2 bus stations in front of the train station, so don't be surprised,  if one of those numbers pass by you. Either one of them will work fine. Travel time is not more than 10 min. Price is again 1 BGN.


As well you can use a taxi which wouldn't take more than 5 min to lift you up the city. Normal prices again should be written on the door windows and should not be more than 1 leva per km, however that depends on the taxi you choose.