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Burgas

Getting there & away

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Bus

Yug bus station (845 722), at the southern end of ul Aleksandrovska, is where most travellers will arrive or leave. It’s just outside the train station and most destination signs are in English.

Buses and minibuses leave every 30 to 40 minutes throughout the day to popular places along the Black Sea coast, including Sozopol (3.50 lv, 40 minutes, every 30 minutes between 6.40am and 9.40pm), Nesebâr (2.50 lv, 40 minutes) and Sunny Beach (Slânchev Bryag; 4 lv, 45 minutes). Buses also go to Primorsko (5 lv, one hour, every 30 minutes between 6am and 7pm) and Kiten (4.60 lv, one hour, every one to 1½ hours between 6am and 8pm), but only four times a day as far as Ahtopol (6 lv, 1½ hours). Minibuses travelling directly to ‘Pomorie Central’ (; 2 lv, 25 minutes) leave every one to 1½ hours.

Each day, buses travel to Plovdiv (17 lv, four hours, 7.30am and 9.15am), Varna (9 lv, two hours, every 30 to 40 minutes), Stara Zagora (7 lv, 2½ hours, departs 10.30am) and Sliven (6 lv, two hours, about every two hours).

Two of the main intercity bus operators, Biomet (828 440) and Etap-Grup (845 857) have kiosks outside the Hotel Bulgaria. Both run several services to Sofia each day (20 lv, seven to eight hours).

Coaches to Istanbul are frequent and cheap. NRG Travel (844 774) and Karat-S (845 722), both just outside the train station, run between two and five services each day (35 lv, seven hours). Nışıklı Turızm (841 261; ul Bulair) has several daily departures (35 to 40 lv). Coaches depart from outside its office.

From the Zapad bus station (20 521; ul Maritsa 2), about 2km northwest of pl Troikata, buses leave for Malko Târnovo (7 lv, three hours, four or five daily), in the Strandzha Nature Park. Take city bus 4 from Yug bus station to get there.

Train

The historic train station (845 022; ul Ivan Vazov) was built in 1902. Through the ticket windows (8am-6pm) on the right you can buy advance tickets for domestic and international services, while same-day tickets can be bought at the windows (24hr) on the left. The left-luggage office (6am-10.45pm) is outside the station.

Seven trains travel daily between Burgas and Sofia (15.70 lv, seven to eight hours), and there are seven to Plovdiv (13.60 lv, five to six hours).

Express trains run from Burgas to Kazanlâk (7.50 lv, three hours), Stara Zagora (8.50 lv, three hours) and Sliven (5.40 lv, 1½ hours).

International tickets are also available at the Rila Bureau (845 242; 8am-4pm Mon-Fri, to 2.30pm Sat) inside the station.

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Air

Bulgaria Air links Burgas Airport (870 248; www.bourgas-airport.com) with Sofia (around €60/110 one way/return) every day (April through October), departing at 6.20am, and Austrian Airlines (www.austrianairlines.bg) flies three times a week between Burgas and Vienna. In summer, Wizz Air (02-960 3888; www.wizzair.com) connects Burgas with London Luton, Budapest and Warsaw. There are a number of agencies around town, one of the handiest being the Blue Sky Travel Agency.

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