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How to get from Varna Airport to City Centre

Varna is a beautiful city located on the coast of Bulgaria. Steeped in history, the city centre has many cultural sights to explore such as Bulgaria’s largest Roman bathhouse and the famous Aladzha Manastir Cave Monastery.

Fortunately, Varna has its own airport that is just 9 km away from the city centre. A taxi from Varna Airport to the city centre will take just 10 minutes and is the best way to travel. Alternatively, you can catch a bus from the airport that shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. The bus is the more economical option but a taxi is more convenient. 

You can also book a private transfer in advance to maximise your vacation in Varna. That way, you can relax knowing your transport is handled, with zero wait times and friendly, English-speaking drivers.

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

Comparison of the options

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OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €26 10min 24/7 Book
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Taxi €10 10min 24/7
Bus €1 20min 06:00–23:30

How to get from Varna Airport to the city centre by taxi

A taxi or private transfer is the best way to get from Varna Airport to the city centre. Not only are taxis readily available 24/7, but a taxi journey is also much shorter than public transport. You can expect the trip to be around 10 minutes long.

Taxi fare from Varna Airport to city centre

A local taxi from Varna Airport to the city centre costs €10 (BGN 20). However, this is not a set rate. Your driver will use a taximeter to calculate the exact amount depending on the distance to your destination and the time of day. If you’d like a fixed-rate fee confirmed in advance of your journey, we recommend booking a private transfer ahead of time.

Cost

€10 (BGN 20)

Trip Duration

10 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Varna Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Taxis are available outside of Terminal 2. If it’s a busy flight day, you may have to wait in line for up to 10 minutes for a taxi.

Convenience

We recommend travelling from Varna Airport to the city centre by taxi because it’s more efficient and straightforward than public transport. Taking a taxi or private transfer means you’ll get complete door-to-door service, ensuring you, your loved ones and your luggage get to your hotel safely.

Editor’s Note

Taxis in Varna generally cater for groups of 4 people. If you need a larger vehicle, consider pre-booking a private transfer instead.

Useful Tips

It’s customary to tip your driver in Bulgaria. Around 10-20% is the normal amount.
If you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi, it’s best to book a private transfer in advance with a specialised provider, to ensure your specific needs will be catered for. Most local airport taxis are not readily equipped to accommodate wheelchairs.
If you travel between 22:00 and 06:00, your taxi fare will increase by 20%.

How to get from Varna Airport to the city centre by bus

A low-cost alternative to travelling by taxi is to take the bus from Varna Airport to the city centre. 

The 409 bus departs every 15 minutes and has multiple stops. It passes through the city centre and on to Golden Sands resort. The trip should take 20 minutes to the city centre but it depends on the stop you choose.

How much is the bus from Varna Airport to city centre

Bus tickets in Varna are priced by time. It costs €0.50 (BGN 1) for 1 hour of bus travel, or €0.75 (BGN 1.50) for 1 hour and 30 minutes of bus travel. 

To get from Varna Airport to the city centre, you’ll only need the 1-hour ticket. You can purchase a ticket on the bus or online in advance.

Cost

€0.50 (BGN 1)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Your bus ticket is valid for 1 hour of travel.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Buses are available from Varna Airport from 06:00 to 22:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

The bus from Varna Airport to the city departs from outside of Terminal 2. The bus stop is clearly signposted but you can always ask airport staff for help if you can’t find it. Look out for the 409 bus to Golden Sands.

Convenience

Taking a bus to Varna city from the airport is not as convenient as taking a taxi. However, the bus does run quite regularly and the journey isn’t too long. You will likely need to arrange further transport from the city centre to your hotel or apartment, but if you’re on a tight budget, the bus is a good option.

Editor’s Note

The bus is a great economical option for solo travellers or couples with light luggage.

Useful Tips

The bus is first come, first serve. So it may be crowded during peak times.
There is very little storage space for luggage on the bus. There’s also limited seating. If you’re travelling with heavy baggage, consider taking a taxi or private transfer instead. The cost isn’t extreme, and you can benefit from a totally relaxing ride to the door of your accommodation.
You can check the bus website for live departure updates.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Varna. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Varna Airport to the city centre?

There are two ways to get from Varna Airport to the city centre. The first is via taxi or private transfer. A taxi ride will take just 10 minutes in normal traffic conditions and cost around €10 (BGN 20). If you’re on a tight budget, there is also a bus from Varna Airport to multiple stops within Varna city. The journey will take around 20 minutes depending on the stop you choose to disembark at. Bus tickets cost €0.50 (BGN 1) per person.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Varna Airport to the city centre?

A taxi from Varna Airport to Varna city will likely cost €10 (BGN 20). However, the final fare depends on your destination. The distance and time of day can both affect the final amount. If you would prefer a fixed-rate fare agreed in advance, we recommend booking a private transfer with a professional, top-rated company like Welcome.

How far is Varna Airport from the city centre of Varna?

Varna Airport is 9 km away from the city centre. A taxi journey will likely take 10 minutes. On the other hand, the public bus will likely take 20 minutes. This is because the bus has several stops.

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