Transportation

Public Transport

Public transportation in Sofia is represented by trams, buses and trolley buses running on scheduled service. Trams operate from 05:00-01:00 h, while buses and trolley buses operate from 05:00-23:00 h. There are no night services. There is also a single metro line, northwest from Sveta Nedelya Square to Obelya and Lyulin suburbs.

Tickets cost 0.50 BGN and are sold at kiosks situated at the major bus stops. Once on board, tickets should be perforated using the metal punchers located near the windows.

Taxis

Much has been done to improve the reputation of Sofia’s taxi drivers, who were said to overcharge foreign visitors. Now, all taxis are required to be yellow painted and operate by taxi-meter. Official charges are relatively cheap – 0.49 - 0.56 BGN per kilometer, and they must be clearly announced on the windshield of the car. The more reputable firms are OK Supertrans, Yes Taxi, SoFIATaxi. Taxi ranks are also located at strategic points throughout the city centre. Leaving a tip of 10 % is a common practice.

Driving in the City

Traffic jam during rush hour, which is at its worst in the evening 15:00-19:00, can be an annoying experience. However, once away from the city centre, traffic runs quite freely along the wide, open boulevards. Street names are almost exclusively in Cyrillic letters, so, even with a map, orientation can be difficult for drivers who only read Latin script.

Parking in the city centre is limited to two hours in designated Blue zones, which are found on Narodno Sabranie Square, Alexander Batenberg Square and Alexander Nevski Square. Visitors should avoid parking in restricted zones, even if the locals appear to do so. Sofia City Council is quick to use yellow wheel clamps on offending vehicles.






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