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Getting from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv City Centre

The city of Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second-largest city, dating back more than 6,000 years. Located on the Maritsa River, the town’s surrounding mountains, Old Town walls and colourful houses – that are as distinctly beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside – make this one of the most charming places to visit in Europe. You’ll also find some of the best examples of Roman architecture with the famous Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis where you can take in some of the best views of the city.

When arriving at Plovdiv Airport – also known as Krumovo Airport – the main modes of transport to reach the city centre are taxi, private transfer, or the bus. Taxis or private transfers are the quickest options, taking 22 minutes during light traffic, and are also quite affordable, especially if you’re travelling in a group. The bus option is a shared shuttle that takes around 25 minutes, excluding wait times, and departs 30 minutes after each flight arrival.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Plovdiv at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Taxi €15.40 22min 24/7
Bus €10.20 25min 10:00–22:00

Getting from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi is the quickest and easiest way to get to downtown Plovdiv from the airport. The journey takes just 22 minutes in light traffic, is relatively inexpensive, and will drop you straight at the door of your desired destination.

Taxi fare from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv city

Taxi drivers in Plovdiv charge a flat rate fee for the journey into the city centre. For up to 4 passengers, the fare should be around €15.40 (BGN 30), although this may vary slightly between taxi companies. Tolls and surcharges for travelling at night will be added on top. 

If you prefer to budget for your trip ahead of time, you can secure a competitive, set fee with no hidden costs when you book a private transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

22 Min.

*Prices will vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis from Plovdiv International Airport (PDV) are available 24/7.

Where can I take a taxi from?

The official taxi rank at Plovdiv Airport is located outside the Arrivals terminal; simply follow the signs with a taxi symbol.


When you choose to take an airport taxi from Plovdiv Airport to the city centre or your accommodation, you’ll be driven directly to your destination without having to wait around, making it the most convenient and easiest transport option.

Editor’s Note

Be prepared to pay with cash in the local currency of lev; it is best to have small notes and change on hand.

Useful Tips

Only use official yellow taxis where drivers are required to display their credentials.
Always confirm the fare rate with your driver before departing.
It's wise to request a receipt at the end of your journey in case you leave anything behind.

Getting from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv city centre by bus

BG Transport provides a direct shared shuttle bus from Plovdiv Airport to the ‘Yug’ Bus Station in the city centre. The journey takes between 25 and 35 minutes, depending on traffic, and tickets can only be purchased upon arrival.

A more reliable and personalised option is to book a private transfer in advance. When you book with a trusted company such as Welcome, a local English-speaking driver will meet you upon arrival and transport you directly to the city centre or your accommodation, so you don’t have to walk with your luggage.

How much is the shuttle?

A one-way journey on the shared shuttle from Plovdiv Airport to ‘Yug’ Bus Station costs €5.10 (BGN 10) per person. Tickets can be purchased with cash as you board the bus.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

The shuttle bus departs 30 minutes after every flight arrival.

Value for Money

The airport shuttle bus is available daily; it operates between the hours of the first and last plane landing at Plovdiv Airport.

Where do I take the shuttle bus from?

The shared shuttle bus departs from outside the Arrivals Hall at the airport. It is a large white van with the airport shuttle logo on the side so that it is easy to recognise.


The shuttle bus conveniently meets incoming flights, departing 30 minutes after each arrival so you can feel assured that there will always be one available. It’s important to note that if the bus fills up or if for any reason you are held up coming through to the Arrivals Hall, you may have to wait for the next bus to come. There is also limited space in the van so it is not ideal for anyone travelling with lots of luggage.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling with 3 or more people, a taxi or private transfer is a more convenient and affordable option.

Useful Tips

It is not possible to book a seat on the bus in advance; there are 16 seats available on each bus and an additional bus may be dispatched if the first one fills up.
There are no additional stops along the way.
There is limited luggage space in the van and bags will need to be placed in the aisle or in front of you at your seat.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv city centre? 

The main ways to get from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv city centre are by taxi or private transfer which takes 22 minutes in light traffic directly to the door of your destination, or a shared shuttle bus which takes 25 to 35 minutes, excluding wait times, and drops passengers off at ‘Yug’ Bus Station in Plovdiv.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv? 

You can expect to pay a fixed rate fee of around €15.40 (BGN 30) for up to 4 people when travelling downtown by taxi, excluding any extra charges. 

How far is Plovdiv city centre from Plovdiv Airport?

Plovdiv city centre is located approximately 14 km from the airport. The easiest way to reach the city is to take an airport taxi or private transfer, which takes between 22 and 30 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.

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