The most frequent image is of the impressive edifice of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Memorial Church. The temple is the central patriarch's cathedral of the autonomous Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It was completed in 1912 after a design of the Russian architect Pomerantsev, approved by the First Great National Assembly. The Crypt of the Cathedral houses a collection of masterpieces of Bulgarian icon painting. Visitors can enjoy the exhibited more than 200 icons and frescos. A remarkable sight is the square around the Cathedral where the Monument of the Unknown Soldier with eternal burning flame is located. An open-air market of national costumes, embroidery and hand-knitted wares and garments and a small antiquarian and arts exposition enliven the square
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
St.Sophia church
Part of the same square is occupied by the St. Sophia Church, dating back to the 4th-6th century AD. In the end of the 16th century it was transformed into a mosque for a short time, but soon after the Liberation it was sanctified as an Orthodox church. Now the church is open to visitors. Behind the church is the grave of Ivan Vazov (1850-1921) - the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature. A monument to the poet rises in the small garden in front of the church.
The edifice of the National Assembly (build in 1884) is the third rightful candidate for the city's emblem. A motto inscribed on its main facade reads "Union makes strength" - a key element of the coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria. Opposite its building is the monument to the King Liberator of Bulgaria - the Russian Tsar Alexander II. The Russian church St. Nikolai is conspicuous from afar with its pointed golden cross. It was built in the years of 1912-1914 by Russian emigrants to Bulgaria.
The National Assembly

Currency, payments and foreign exchange

The official monetary unit in Bulgaria is called Lev. The following coins are in circulation.
1, 2, 5 stotinki - of yellow metal
10, 20, 50 stotinki - of white metal
100 stotinki = 1 lev – white metal
Currency may be exchanged in all Bulgarian banks from Mondays to Fridays in the regular working hours or in the numerous private exchange bureaus, some of which operate non-stop. Payments in Bulgaria are effected only in leva or in leva equivalent. In larger resorts and at places authorised to effect foreign exchange, certain payments may be effected in foreign currency.

As a rule, every article in a shop must have a price tag. Bargaining over prices is not customary in Bulgaria. The bargaining habit may be done only on the free private market. The main international credit cards can be used in the country. In every major town there are cash dispensers (ATM) which are available near bank buildings, main streets, stations and most visited places.
Some hotel bills, tickets of large agencies, items from luxurious shops and restaurants can be paid by credit cards.

City transport

Sofia is the largest transport junction of the country. The destinations of the transport segments are numerous, and the routes and stopovers – most varied. The maps, which provide a general idea of the road network and railway transport, show the main overland communication lines between Sofia and the rest of the inhabited places in the country. In general, Bulgaria’s transport network divides into southern and northern routes. Thus the bus-stations and the railway stations are oriented in these directions.
Here we offer the names and phone numbers for information and booking of tickets at Sofia’s major stations, according to the type of transport.

Sofia airport - 9372212; 9372211
Central railway station - 9311111
Central railway station – international tickets – 9879535
International bus station - 9314198; 9311296; 9312186

If you dial from your own country, please, dial the code of Bulgaria 00359 and then the area code – Sofia - (2), then the required number.
If you dial from another Bulgarian town , just dial the area code (02) and then the number.
In addition to these stations, well-familiar to all residents of Sofia, there are dozens of private carriers, starting from various places in the capital, notably numerous are the private buses to the Balkan countries and close destinations. Information on them can be obtained at the central bus station, especially when one is searching for alternative transport or is willing to change the date or time of the trip. Certain international destinations will be charged in hard currency.
You can get thorough transport information in the Transport Services Centre situated in the National Palace of Culture (NDK), 5 minutes far from our office. You can book and buy all types of tickets there for planes, trains and buses. City transport in Sofia offers wide opportunities and it is difficult to describe it without a city plan.
Every tourist should buy a detailed city map-plan of Sofia showing not only the lines but also the stops of the city transport.
In Sofia there are two subway lines, dozens of bus lines connect the capital with near-by settlements, as well as covering shorter distances in the city itself – trolley buses travel in many directions, trams cut across the entire city. A Transport Services Centre operates at the National Palace of Culture building (NDK), underground floor, level 2.

Sofia Airport is about 12 km away from Sofia Downtown Apartments. We recommend you to order a taxi form the taxi desks in the arrival hall to the address of  the flats. It costs normally between 10 and 20 leva (about 10 Euro).  Be careful with taxis waiting in front of the airport. Many of them are fake and will charge higher than the actual prices. There is a bus starting from the airport to Sofia University. From there you can take the subway to Opulchenska station.
Here are details of some of the popular taxi companies in Sofia:

  • OK Supertrans – 02/ 973 21 21;
  • Eurolease Taxi – 02/ 91 888;
  • Yellow Taxi – 02/ 91119;
  • S-express – 02/ 9 12 80;
  • Green Taxi – 02/ 810 810.
In Sofia there are two subway lines that intersect at Serdica station (next stop after Opulchenska towards the center). With the subway you can quickly and easily reach St. Nedelya Square, Sofia University, National Stadium, the National Palace of Culture, Central Bus Station, Central Railway Station, Inter Expo Center and others. Public transport tickets are purchased on stops or from the driver of the vehicle, and in the subway stations. A ticket for one trip costs 1 lev for the whole public transport. You can also purchase daily and weekly discount cards. For more information about the public transport in the capital, visit Sofia Urban Mobility Centre and Sofia Metro`s page.

Free Sofia Tour

If you want to get an idea of Sofia, its history and cultural heritage, stroll around the city with the Free Sofia Tour. Tours run daily from 11a.m. and 6 p.m., meeting point – the corner of Vitosha boulevard and Alabin street, in front of the Courthouse. The whole presentation is in English.