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Getting from Varna Airport to Golden Sands

Goldens Sands Resort is a stunning seaside resort located north of the picturesque city of Varna, Bulgaria. The long golden beach and family-friendly activities draw thousands of tourists every year. 

If you’re one of those lucky tourists, you’re probably flying into Varna Airport, as this is the closest airport to Golden Sands. To get from Varna Airport to Golden Sands, you have two main options. The first is to take a taxi or private transfer. A taxi should only take 30 minutes and is the most convenient way of travelling. Alternatively, you can take a direct bus from the airport to Golden Sands which takes around 50 minutes. 

Booking a private transfer from Varna Airport to Golden Sands is the best choice for convenience and comfort, allowing you to focus on planning an unforgettable beach holiday for you and your family. 

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

Welcome Pickups €39 30min 24/7 Book
Taxi €25 30min 24/7
Bus €1 50min 06:00–23:00

How to get from Varna Airport to Golden Sands by taxi

A taxi from Varna Airport to Golden Sands takes just 30 minutes in light traffic. The journey is straightforward and efficient. You can easily find taxis from the airport 24/7. So this will be the best way to travel for most travellers.

How much is a taxi transfer from Varna Airport to Golden Sands?

The taxi journey will likely cost between €25-28 (BGN 50-56) depending on the time of day and the distance to your exact destination. This is because Varna taxis use a taximeter to calculate your fare.


€25 (BGN 50)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Varna Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can get a taxi from outside of Terminal 2 at Varna Airport. There are taxis available at all times, however, there may be a short wait during busy flight times.


Travelling by taxi or private transfer is highly convenient. You and your loved ones will be taken directly to the door of your hotel or apartment. You also won’t need to manoeuvre public transport with all of your luggage.

Editor’s Note

Varna taxis are generally considered safe, however, some drivers do overcharge tourists. To prevent this, speak to the driver before your journey to get a rough estimate of the cost.

Useful Tips

It’s customary to tip your taxi drivers in Bulgaria. 10-20% of the total fare is the typical rate.
If you need a taxi for more than 4 people, it’s best to book a private transfer in advance. The taxis at Varna Airport tend to be 4-seater sedans.
Bring cash in the local currency, Bulgarian Lev, to pay for your taxi. Not all taxis are equipped with card machines.

How to get from Varna Airport to Golden Sands by bus

Travelling on a budget? Taking a bus from Varna Airport to Golden Sands is a low-cost alternative. 

The 409 bus from the airport departs every 15 minutes. It passes through Varna city centre and continues on to Golden Sands. It takes 20 minutes to get to the city centre and a total of 50 minutes to get to Golden Sands.

Keep in mind that these timing estimates are subject to traffic conditions.

How much is the bus from Varna Airport to Golden Sands?

Bus tickets cost €0.50 (BGN 1) per person to travel for 1 hour. If you’re travelling for 1 hour and 30 minutes, the ticket costs €0.75 (BGN 1.50). 

The 1-hour ticket should be fine to get you to Golden Sands in light traffic. However, if you’re travelling during rush hour or you want to take an additional bus to your accommodation, you might want to get the 1 hour and 30-minute ticket.


€0.50 (BGN 1)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

Buses depart every 15 minutes from the airport.

Value for money

Buses operate from 06:00 to 22:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can get the bus from outside of Terminal 2 at Varna Airport. Airport staff are willing to help guide you if you need help finding the bus stop.

Buses are available from 06:00 to 22:00. You can check when the next live departure will be on the timetable below. Note that during busy flight times, the bus may be very crowded as this is the only direct shared shuttle departing from the airport.


The bus is less convenient than taking a taxi, but it’s relatively simple to navigate. Because the bus travels all the way to Golden Sands and it is quite frequent, it can be an easy journey for solo travellers and for couples, although not so much for families or larger groups.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling light and have no time constraints, the bus could be a cheap option for you.

Useful Tips

Your ticket is valid for 1 hour of travel on any bus within the Varna area.
Luggage capacity is limited on the bus. If you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, you’re better off travelling by taxi or a private transfer.
You can buy your ticket on the bus.

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

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

Edit or cancel transfers

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Same price as a regular taxi from the line


Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi Services

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The expansion continued with Amsterdam, then Tel Aviv, each city benefiting from the same high level of operational technology and customer service. Welcome Pickups began operations in Madrid, Berlin, and  Dubai, rounding out their network. In 2024, the service will be available at over 350 airports worldwide, projecting to welcome more than 2 million passengers.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Varna Airport to Golden Sands?

There are two ways to get from Varna Airport to Golden Sands: taxi or bus. Taking a taxi is the fastest and most convenient method. The journey is around 30 minutes long and will likely cost under €30 (BGN 60). There is a direct bus from Varna Airport to Golden Sands that runs every 15 minutes. The journey takes 50 minutes and costs €0.50 (BGN 1) per person.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Varna Airport to Golden Sands?

You can expect a taxi from Varna Airport to Golden Sands to cost €25 (BGN 50) during the day and around €28 (BGN 56) at night. However, these are just estimates. Varna taxi drivers calculate their fares using a taximeter, depending on the distance travelled. If you’d like the peace of mind of a fixed-rate fare before you travel, consider booking a private transfer instead.

What is the distance from Varna Airport to Golden Sands?

The distance from Varna Airport to Golden Sands, Bulgaria, is 25 km. By taxi, the journey shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes in light traffic conditions. If you take the bus, the journey will take closer to 50 minutes.

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