Sofia could be likened to a Sleeping Beauty rousing from her slumbers, reawakening to share her charm with the rest of the world. With relics from Roman times to the Soviet era, a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene, and the breath-taking surroundings of the Plana Zavala Mountain range, Sofia is ready to reclaim her rightful place as one of the leading lights on the European sky.

Facts

Population

Approximately 1,2 million

Currency

Euro (EUR) €1 = 100 cents 1 Lev (BGN) = 100 stotinki

Opening hours

Most shops are open from 10 am until 8 pm on weekdays and between 11 am and 7 pm on weekends. Big shopping malls are normally open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Newspapers

Duma Trud 24 Chasa The Sofia Echo

Tourist information

Tourist Information Centre The underpass at St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, Sofia Open July-September: Mon-Fri 8 am-8 pm. Sat-Sun 10 am-6 pm October-December: Mon-Fri 9.30 am-6.30 pm Closed on Public Holidays +359 2 4918344 tourist@info-sofia.bg

Travel to Sofia

Book your flights to Sofia with Etihad Airways and come to one of the oldest cities in Europe and visit the many monuments with a story to tell. Get ready to explore this city which is seen as the gateway to the Balkans from The East.

Top 5 Things To Do in Sofia

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a majestic Neo-Byzantine building with a capacity for 5000 people, the construction is ornate and striking without being opulent
  • The city is set near Mount Vitosha, the panoramic view across the peninsula is incredible and the mountain contains a national park and ski resort
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria is found inside a marvellous historic building and contains literally hundreds of rare objects and documents from Bulgarian history. Almost 2 million priceless books and millions of other paper documents are held here
  • Vitosha Boulevard is the retail and commercial centre of modern Sofia and runs across the city centre. It is filled with high-end fashion shops, department stores and boutiques
  • Ivan Vazov National Theatre is the most prestigious theatre in the country and one of the main landmarks in Sofia. The decorative façade depicts the obverse of the Bulgarian 50 Lev note

Plan Your Sofia Holiday

Sofia is a popular tourist destination even in winter when the resorts of Vitosha attract crowds of winter sport enthusiasts. The climate is a factor and the best time to explore the city is from late spring to early autumn, April to October.

Finding flight deals to Sofia is easy with Etihad popular deals. During events such as the Sofia international Arts festival held in October, we particularly recommend booking your tickets to Sofia well in advance. To find cheap hotels in Sofia travel in the off-peak October to April season.

Etihad Office in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria
GSA Solutions, s.r.o.
Šoltésovej 12
811 08 Bratislava, Slovakia
+421 232 661 499
reservations.etihad@gsasolutions.eu
Monday-Friday: 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00