How to reach Borovets from Sofia
Borovets lies at an altitude of 1,300 metres, in the northern part of the Rila mountain. The highest point on the resort’s territory is at an altitude of 2,560 metres. Borovets offers excellent conditions both for winter and for summer recreation for tourists and for sports enthusiasts.
The winter period in Borovets is long, mild, and abounds in large amounts of snow. In the higher parts of the resort the snow cover can be in excess of 2 metres.
Sofia – Borovets: how to travel?
The Borovets resort lies 70 km away from Sofia and 120 km away from Plovdiv. The nearest town is Samokov. The road to the resort is maintained in good conditions throughout the year.
Sofia – Borovets via bus
You can reach Borovets from Sofia by bus by taking it from the Yug station (in Bulgarian: Avtogara Yug). The station is in the Iztok area, under the bridge, on Dragan Tsankov Blvd, 300 metres away from the Joliot-Curie underground station.
The bus station information phone is: 02/ 8722345.
Buses leave every 30 minutes, from 7 am until 20 o’clock. The distance from Sofia to Samokov is about 70 km. The trip takes about one hour. The bus fare in one direction is 6 BGN.
Then, from the Samokov bus station (19 Turgovska Street) minibuses leave for the Borovets resort every 30 minutes (from 8 am until 18 o’clock). The last stop is in front of the Samokov hotel. In the reverse direction minibuses leave from the Ela hotel (from 8:30 until 18:30). The bus fare in one direction is 1.30 BGN.
The Samokov bus station information phone is: +359 722 66540.
The other bus lines you can take are: Dupnitsa – Samokov (40 km), Plovdiv – Samokov (115 km), Sandanski – Samokov, Kostenets – Samokov.
From Sofia to Borovets via car
If you are travelling from Sofia to Borovets via car, you will follow the following route: Sofia – Gorublyane – Pancharevo – Samokov – Borovets.
The road from Sofia to Borovets is maintained in sufficiently good condition throughout the year. The only thing you need to do is pack your items and leave all problems behind.
The time the trip by car along the Sofia – Borovets route takes is around one hour, depending on the weather and the traffic. From the ring road you should turn in the direction of Pancharevo – Kokalyane – Pasarel – Samokov – Borovets.
In Borovets, there is sufficient parking space, mostly paid for. The largest and paid parking space is at the entry into the resort. The Rila and Samokov hotels offer parking spaces, but you can find where to park in front of small hotels as well.
You must rent a car well in advance, just place your order and you will get the car at the appointed time and in a place convenient for you.
Sofia – Borovets via taxi
For those of you who love to indulge in comfort and can afford a taxi, we suggest you should book a taxi/transfer from Sofia to Borovets. You will be picked by an experienced driver, from the hotel or from Sofia airport, and you will be driven to the destination you need to reach. Along the way, you will be able to delight in the beautiful views, and listen to fascinating stories about local sights.
Joint trips (Car sharing) Sofia – Borovets
For those of you who prefer budget holidays, we would like to recommend finding companions for your trip. You can do that via the special sites and Facebook groups.
Hitchhiking from Sofia to Borovets
If you are aficionados of exciting adventures, you can proceed to Borovets via hitchhiking. Just reach the ring road and go into the direction of Pancharevo – Kokalyane – Pasarel – Samokov – Borovets. It is easy to hitchhike your way around Bulgaria.