Map and how to get there

Attractions Restaurants

Nearest travel links

Airport Sofia
Train station Bansko
Car Car not necessary

Activities near Bansko

Sports Water sports, Horse riding, Skiing – property near ski resort, Waterpark, Fishing
Great for Walking holidays, Rural or countryside holidays, Cycling holidays

How to get there

Getting to Bansko

Car Rental - We would recommend Economy Car Rentals

They are cheap, they meet you at arrivals and get your on your way quick enough. Also the road down is pretty straightforward.

Taxi (private transfer) - You will be met at the airport or address/hotel and will have a private vehicle with driver take you to your destination in Bansko.

Prices per vehicle (not per person) are: Up to 2 people €120

Up to 4 people €150

Up to 8 people €180

Train - If time is not an issue, then travelling from Sophia to Bansko by train is a very beautiful and rewarding journey (it can take twice the amount of time than by car). The scenery is magnificent and takes you through the highest train station in the Balkans.

There is four trains a day in each direction with the termini of the 125 km narrow gauge line being Septemvri and Dobrinishte.

The journey from Plovdiv takes about 5.5 hours (9.90 LEV (~€5) one way) and that from Sofia between 6 and 7 hours (9.50 LEV (~€5) one way ). In both cases there's plenty of time to grab some lunch (and a takeaway sandwich and beer for the ride) when changing trains at Septemvri which has a couple of really cheap kiosks.

For times and up-to-date fares click here where you will find all the details. Clicking on the train number gives the station stops and schedule.

Bus - Buses from Sofia to Bansko are of the same standard and quality as in the Uk. Transfer time is roughly 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on route and weather conditions. A one way ticket is 16 LEV(~€8).

Bansko's bus station is located on the main Patriarh Evtimii road, about 5 minutes walk north of the centre, and is served by regular buses from Sofia and less regularly from Plovdiv.

Sofia Central Bus Terminal to Bansko (7 days) - 07.30, 08.30, 09.45, 14.00, 16.45

Bansko to Sofia - 05:40, 07:00, 08:40, 13:15, 15:20 (not Tues)

Schedule correct as of Oct 2011. We strongly recommend you use this as a guide only and confirm times/dates prior to travel.

Getting Around Bansko

Bansko is small enough to walk around but there are taxi ranks at the bus station, gondola lift, Hotel Strazhite and Hotel Pirin.

Trans Taxi 2 Patriarh Evtimiy Str., Bansko Tel: +359 (0) 7498 8505

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