Sofia Airport, also known as Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport is Bulgaria’s main airport. It serves the capital of Bulgaria, which is Sofia. It is located five kilometres (3.1 miles) east from the centre of Sofia. It is operated by Sofia Airport EAD and serves as hub for BH Air, Bulgaria Air, Bulgarian Air Charter, and Wizz Air. The Vrazhdebna Air Base of the Bulgarian Air Force is also based here. The airport handled 3,815,158 passengers in 2014. It also operates charter flights.
Where to go
Sofia is the capital of and largest city in Bulgaria and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. This exciting and dynamic Eastern European city is home to a mixed European and Communist-style architecture and several beautiful orthodox churches. Some of the well-known places to visit here include the National Assembly of Bulgaria, Sofia University, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library, National Palace of Culture, and Central Military Club. Learn more about the city’s art, history, and culture by visiting some of its museums such as the National Museum of Military History, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Earth and Man National Museum, National Museum of History, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, and National Museum of Natural History; or galleries like the National Gallery for Foreign Art, National Art Gallery, and Sofia City Art Gallery. The churches in Sofia are immensely beautiful. There’s St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the world’s largest orthodox churches, and Boyana Church, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
About two hours from Sofia is Munich, the capital city of Bavaria and the third-most populous city in Germany. It is a major international centre of business, engineering, research, and medicine. It is home to numerous sights and tourist attractions. The city has four grand royal avenues, built in the 19th century, which has awe-inspiring architecture. There’s Briennerstraße, Ludwigstraße, Maximilianstraße, and Prinzregentenstraße. See Munich’s collection of palaces and castles, including the Schloss Nymphenburg baroque palace, the small moated castle of Residenz, the impressive Schloss Schleißheim, and Schloss Dachau, the favoured residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Not to be missed are its churches, too, including Frauenkirche, Theatinerkirche, Peterskirche, Michaeliskirche, Asamkirche, and the New Jewish Center. Some of the prominent buildings and landmarks in Munich are Neues Rathaus, Altes Rathaus, Maximilianeum, Hofbräuhaus, Feldherrnhalle, Siegestor, and the Statue of the Bavaria. Munich was transformed by Bavarian Kings into the art capital of Germany in the 1800s, therefore making it an extraordinary place to visit museums and galleries and see masterpieces of the finest artists in the world. Some of these famous places worth checking out are Glyptothek, Lenbach Haus, Museum Brandhorst, Pinakotheken, and Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum for Egyptian Art).
Unfortunately, Sofia Airport serves mostly European cities. The farthest flight it offers only take less than five hours. To reach farther destinations, it would be best to book a connecting flight through other airports in the region that the Sofia Airport connects to.
How to get out
Sofia Airport offers scheduled passenger flights to numerous destinations via several airlines that serve the airport. Some of these airlines include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, easyJet, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Mistral Air, Qatar Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, and Wizz Air, among others.
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