Getting there & away
Despite its remoteness, Kotel provides access to many places around Bulgaria. From the little bus station (2052), 13 daily buses and minibuses go to Sliven (5 lv, one hour), the last leaving Kotel at 6pm. Note that there are two different routes for travelling between the two places, via either the main highway on the plain, south of and parallel to the Stara Planina, or over the mountain road, which is much more beautiful and takes the same time. Ask the staff which route individual buses will take.
Travelling from Kotel through Sliven and Stara Zagora, you can also get to Plovdiv (10 lv, four hours, four daily) and Sofia (20 lv, five hours, two daily). There are also three daily buses to Shumen (7 lv, two hours) and Burgas (8 lv, two hours), and one to Ruse (10 lv, four hours). Numerous buses and minibuses serve Kotel-area villages.