Sofia to Bansko – how to get there

Sofia to Bansko - how to get there | Bourgas Airport Transfers

There are a few ways to get from Sofia to Bansko – by train , by bus or by shuttle or private transfer.

By Train

Travelling by train is a real adventure because it takes around 7:30 hours including waiting time at Septemvri station. Because of the mountainous terrain, the lines are narrow-gauge from Septemvri to Bansko , but at the same time you travel through a beautiful scenery. A Bulgarian skier or Holiday maker would rarely use this way to travel to Bansko but it’s worth trying during the summer. All information on trains and their timetable can be found at the Bulgarian National Railways’ official website.  Train schedule for 2015/16 :

Depart Sofia Arrive Bansko Duration
Train 1 07:15 14:06 7h
Train 2 10:35 17:02 6:30h
Train 3 22:45 07:21 8:30h

Sofia to Bansko

By Bus

There are regular bus service running a few times a day from the Central Bus Station in Sofia to Bansko. Average travelling time is from 3h 15 min. – 3h 50 min. If you are landing at Sofia Airport , the fastest way is to get the Metro to Serdika Station and change for one stop to Central Train Station. Do use a bus service only where you have plenty of time as it’ll take most of your day.

By private transfer

The quickest and the most hassle free way to travel from Sofia  Bansko. Once you get in the car it’ll take around 2h30min to your hotel or apartment in Bansko. If you are travelling with a  group of 4+ people probably this will be a cheaper option to travel. Need a stop for a coffe along the way ? – no problem. With this kind of service you’ll feel more relaxed especially when you are returning from Bansko and need to catch a plane or bus. Example prices for a

Sofia  Bansko private transfer

car 1-4 pax £12pp pp-price per person
mini bus 5-8pac £8pp pp-price per person

To check up to date prices for all routes from Sofia  Bansko send an email with the right number of passengers.