This section of the Trail is under development. It follows the itinerary of the ancient Via Militaris, closely.
It is an alternative for the Rhodope route described in Section 5 Sofia – Edirne
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It is beyond any doubt that Plovdiv is the most interesting place in this section of the trail. A Thracian city which, for most of its history was known as Philippopolis and called Filibe by the Ottomans.
How to get there
Sofia Airport (IATA code: SOF) is located 5 km east of the city centre. The airport has two terminals, connected by a free shuttle bus.
Next to Terminal 2 is the final stop of Metro Line 1 a fast connection to the city centre. Travel time ca. 18 minutes. Price 1.60 LEV, tickets from the ticket machine at the station.
Two bus lines, 84 and 184, also connect both terminals to Sofia University at the east side of the city centre. Travel time 35-45 minutes. Price 1.60 LEV, tickets from the ticket machine on the bus. See www.sofia-airport.bg
For city-transport see www.eway.bg or download the EasyWay public transport App
Sofia-Velingrad, bus from Sofia Avtogari, (3 times a day, duration 2h, price 4€-7€), see www.avtogari.info
Sofia-Plovdiv, bus from Sofia Avtogari by multiple operators, (1-2 per hour, duration approximately 2h 20 m, price 4€ -23€), see Rome2Rio
Train connection from Sofia train station, (every 1-2 hours, duration approximately 2h 40m, price 4€ – 6€), see Bulgarian Railways
Sofia-Kardzhali, bus from central station Sofia to Kardzhali,(3-4 times a day, duration 4h 20m, price 9€-€14€)
Sofia-Ivaylovgrad, train to Svilengrad (3 times a day, 5h, 18€-22€), taxi to Ivaylovgrad, (approximately 45 min, 11€-14€).
Plovdiv Krumovo Airport (IATA code: PDV) is located 12km south-east of the city centre. It has a limited number of connections. See www.plovdivairport.com.
The airport has a train connection with Plovdiv (leaving every hour from station Mavrudovo, duration 14min, price €1-€2) see www.bdz.bg
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