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How to get from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach

Known for its buzzing nightlife, active water sports scene and family-friendly beaches, Sunny Beach is an amazing holiday destination for all ages.

If you want a fun holiday in Sunny Beach, you can get there from Varna Airport or Burgas Airport. You can travel from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach in two ways. The first is by taxi; a taxi will take around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the trip as it is a 99 km journey and it’ll cost around €60 (BGN 120). You can also travel by bus, however, this isn’t the most convenient route. You would have to take two buses: the first one from Varna Airport to the city centre and then a second bus to Sunny Beach. In total, the trip would take 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

For a totally stress-free and efficient way of travelling, why not book a private transfer from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach instead? That way, you can have your transport taken care of, so you can focus on what matters.

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

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €60 105min 24/7
Bus €16 165min 10:00–10:00

How to get from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach by taxi

A taxi from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach is efficient and hassle-free. The journey time is around 1 hour and 45 minutes. That may seem long but it’s understandable due to the 99 km distance – plus, the ride is a lot longer via public transport.

How much is a taxi transfer from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach?

You can expect a taxi from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach to cost upwards of €60 (BGN 120). However, the rate depends on your final destination. Your taxi driver will use a taximeter to calculate the cost of the trip depending on the distance travelled and the time of day. Generally, nighttime travel will cost an extra 20%. You should also budget around 10-20% for tips.

If you’d like the peace of mind of a competitive fixed rate, a Welcome private transfer from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach will guarantee you a reasonable fare.

Cost

€60 (BGN 120)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 45 Min.

*Prices 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?

You can get a taxi from outside of the Terminal 2 building at the airport.

Convenience

Taking a door-to-door taxi or private transfer is the fastest and easiest way of getting from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach. You won’t have to change vehicles as you would travelling by bus. You also have the freedom to bring more luggage.

Editor’s Note

As many tourists do this route from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach, it’s common to fall prey to unlicensed drivers who may overcharge you. Make sure you can see the driver’s license, rate card and taximeter in the taxi before starting your journey.

Useful Tips

On busy flight days, there may be more of a wait for a taxi from Varna Airport.
Some taxis take euros but it’s relatively rare. Be sure to bring cash with you in the local currency, Bulgarian Lev.
To avoid overcharging, speak to your driver about the estimated cost of the ride before getting into the taxi.

How to get from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach by bus

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach. You’ll need two buses to get there so you can expect the journey to take around 2 hours and 45 minutes including wait times.

First, you’ll need to take the 409 bus from the airport to the Varna bus station. This journey shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. It runs from 06:00 to 23:00 every day. Then you’ll need to take a second bus from Varna Bus Station to Sunny Beach. That trip is 1 hour and 50 minutes. The bus to Sunny Beach runs once a day at 10:00.

How much is the bus from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach?

The ticket from Varna Airport to Varna bus station costs €0.50 (BGN 1). You can purchase a ticket on board. The ticket from Varna bus station to Sunny Beach costs €7.67 (BGN 15) and you can purchase a ticket from the bus station kiosk or online.

Therefore, it’ll be a total cost of €8.17 (BGN 16) per person for this journey.

Cost

€8.17 (BGN 16)

Trip Duration

2 Hr. 45 Min.

There is only one bus per day available from Varna bus station to Sunny Beach.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The 409 Bus from the airport to Varna bus station is available from 06:00 to 23:00 and you may face up to a 35-minute wait..

Where do I get the bus from?

You can get the 409 bus from the airport to the bus station from outside Terminal 2. Your second bus to Sunny Beach departs from the Varna bus station – if you cannot locate it, ask the station personnel for assistance.

Convenience

Taking a bus from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach is not very convenient. You’d need to travel on a morning flight to be able to cover the full distance by bus and the journey is almost 3 hours long including wait times – which can be tiring after flying. Buses also have limited space for luggage.

Editor’s Note

Buses in Varna are economical but the timing has to align perfectly. Booking a private transfer will alleviate any worries of missing the only bus available to Sunny Beach.

Useful Tips

The 409 website publishes live updates for departures from the airport.
You will need Bulgarian Lev in cash to pay for your bus ticket on the 409 line.
There is a luggage limit on the bus to Sunny Beach. You can only carry one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kg, and two regular suitcases up to 35 kg each.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach?

You have two options if you want to get from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach. The first is to travel by taxi or private transfer. This is the most flexible and convenient option. The trip will take around 1 hour and 45 minutes and will likely cost about €60 (BGN 120). Alternatively, you can travel by public bus. You’ll need two buses; bus 409 will take you from Varna Airport to Varna bus station. Then you can take a bus directly to Sunny Beach from the bus station. In total, these two bus journeys will cost €8 (BGN 16) per person.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach?

A taxi from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach will cost you around €60 (BGN 120). However, as taxis in Varna operate using a taximeter, this is just an estimate. The exact cost will be calculated based on the distance travelled. If you’d like a guaranteed fixed-rate fare, consider pre-booking a private transfer to transport you and your loved ones to your Sunny Beach resort.

What is the distance from Varna Airport to Sunny Beach?

The Varna Airport to Sunny Beach distance is 99 km. It will take 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there by taxi. If you choose to take a bus, it will take around 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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