A grand monument to former times:  Location & city 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.


Platform 1 runs alongside the station building, accessed from the station hall.

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

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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