A grand monument to former times:  Location map

Sofia's main station is a grandiose structure, like a giant monument left from an empire long-gone.  Which in a way, it is, even though it was only opened in 1974, a modern brutalist communist structure replacing the old station building of 1888.  Indeed, cash-strapped BDZ (Bulgarian Railways) is apparently struggling with the cost of heating such a huge space in winter.  However it underwent a major refurbishment in 2016 and now looks remarkably smart.

small bullet point  Platforms

small bullet point  Buying tickets

small bullet point  Left luggage, ATMs, food & drink

small bullet point  Hotels near the station

small bullet point  Walking & metro to the city centre

 

On other pages:

small bullet point  Trains from Sofia to other European cities

small bullet point  Trains from other European cities to Sofia

small bullet point  General information for European train travel

Sofia station

Sofia station after refurbishment. Courtesy Malte Fuhrmann.

Inside Sofia Central station

The great hall at Sofia's central station, after refurbishment in 2016.  Courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

Main hall, Sofia station

Another view of Sofia central's main hall, looking the other way.  Courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

Ticket office at Sofia station   Sofia metro

The ticket office at Sofia station.  Windows 21-23 for international tickets, open 09:00-21:00 (with several 15-min breaks).

 

The impressive Sofia metro will take you from the station to Sofia city centre, www.metropolitan.bg/en.

Platforms

Platform 1 is the one which runs alongside the station building, accessed directly from the station's main hall.

Platforms 2-11 are accessed by going down the escalator from the station hall into the passageway under all the tracks, then going up steps or escalator up to each pair of platforms.

Tip:  Each platform is divided into east (изток) and west (запад) ends.  On the departures board, the platform number is shown followed by a Cyrillic letter и or з to show which end of the platform the train is at.  For example, 2и is the eastern end of platform 2, in other words the part of platform 2 that is to your right as you walk from the main hall through the passageway under all the tracks.  2з is the western end of platform 2, the half to your left.

Buying tickets

Left luggage, ATMs, food & drink

Hotels in Sofia

  • For an inexpensive hotel with great reviews just outside Sofia Central station with great reviews, I recommend the Best Western Hotel Terminus, or 10 minutes walk away, the excellent Hotel Favorit which I've used myself.

Walk or metro to Sofia city centre

Sofia national theatre   Sofia cathedral

Sofia's national theatre

 

Sofia's Alexander Nevsky cathedral


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