Airfare to Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, and has been identified as a growing tourist hotspot. Main attractions in the city include Church of St. George, Vitosha mountain, Rila Monastery and numerous other historical religious sites.
Airfare to Sofia will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Consider flying into a nearby city such as Bucharest, Romania or into Greece and traveling overland via Eurail. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a daily train, bus or flight. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Athens, Budapest, Frankfurt, London or another nearby major gateway city. Because there are more connecting flights within Europe on low budget airlines versus direct flights, you can save some cash. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Bulgaria Air is the national airline and is based in Sofia. However, nearly 30 other carriers fly in and out of the city.
The most expensive air tickets to Sofia are found during peak holiday travel times, and during Eurail backpacking season. The peak travel season is June-August – book your hotel in Eastern Europe early.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Bucharest or Greece and traveling overland to Sofia via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Sofia, check out BootsnAll’s Sofia Travel Guide.