Exploring the heart of the Balkans
Located in South-Eastern Europe you will find one of the least visited countries. However the extraordinary diverse nature, consisting of spectacular river valleys, basins and mountains, the ancient history, the rich cultural heritage and the hospitable contemporary people are what make Bulgaria so unique.
A country that is suitable for all tourism types.
Bulgaria sits in the heart of the Balkans at the age-old crossroads of Europe and Asia. With centuries of grandeur and decline behind them, Bulgarians hold fast to the traditions of statehood, while the Greeks, Romans, Byzantine, Turks and latterly Russia have come and gone leaving an encyclopedic range of architectural styles.
The landscape bulges with monasteries, mosques and churches reflecting a rich cultural heritage dating back to the Thracians whose most infamous leader Sparticus became a thorn in the side of Rome.
As Bulgaria accelerates towards modernisation it can't escape its past, continuing to unearth the temples and tombs of the Thracians whose troves of relics date back to the Bronze Age.
There's nine UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites, including the perfectly preserved fourth-century murals in the Thracian Kazanluk Tomb, the Sveshtari Tomb near Razgrad, the 13th-century Boyana Church on the outskirts of Sofia, and the Ivanovo Rock Monasteries near Rousse.
Cosmopolitan Sofia sits in the geographic centre of the Balkan region on a 545m high plateau -making it the highest capital in Europe. The city is renowned for its open parks, alfresco bars, fascinating museums and the massive Aleksander Nevski Church.
Traditional Revival timber architecture abounds in the must see village of Koprivshtitsa in the Sredna Gora range, Bansko in the Pirin mountains and Plovdiv, the second largest city.
The Rila Mountains boast the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula: Musala (2925m.) Increasing numbers of travellers come to ski in the mountainous third of the country or hike and horse ride the 35,000km of way-marked trails. Others content themselves sunbathing on the wide sandy bays of the Black Sea coast.
Independent travel in Bulgaria is becoming more common; costs are low, and for those that care to unravel the confounding Cyrillic alphabet there is much to take in.
Train network in Bulgaria
Designed and built by local engineers, Bulgaria's first railway opened in 1888. Balgarski darzhavni zheleznitsi (BDZ) or the Bulgarian State Railways in English, is the national railway operator of Bulgaria. With just over 4,000 km of railway tracks, Bulgaria has a relatively small railway network. The main transport hub is Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. From Bulgaria, travellers can use the train to reach neighbouring countries such as Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey.
Tickets that get you around Bulgaria
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries)
- Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries
- Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries)
- Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass
- 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass
- 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.
- Bulgaria Single-Country Pass