Getting there & away
The Yug bus station (828 151; ul Pristanishtna), about 2.5km south of the city centre, has regular buses to Sofia (10 lv, five hours), Veliko Târnovo (5 lv, two hours), Burgas (11 lv, 4½ hours), Shumen (5.40 lv, two hours), Varna (11 lv, four hours) and Plovdiv (12 lv, six hours). Also, one or two daily public buses go to Gabrovo and Pleven, and two to Dobrich. Buses and minibuses leave for Silistra (5 lv, about two hours) every hour or so. To get to the station, take trolleybus 25 or bus 11 or 12 from ul Borisova. A taxi will cost about 2 lv to 4 lv.
The Iztok bus station (844 064; ul Ivan Vedur 10), 4km east of the centre, has buses to nearby destinations such as Ivanovo and Cherven in the Rusenski Lom Nature Park. Take a taxi or city bus 2 or 13, which leave from ul Gen Skobelev, near the roundabout four blocks east of ul Borisova.
The Ruse-based company Ovonesovi (821 964) runs two minibuses to Bucharest daily, leaving the Yug bus station at 6.30am and 2pm. Tickets are 20 lv one-way or 30 lv return. Buy them either at the station or at Ovonesovi’s office on pl Borisova, in front of city hall on the corner of ul Panov. These buses return from Romania at 10.30am and 4.15pm from the Hotel Horoskop on Bucharest’s Piazza Uniri. A Romanian company also runs two daily buses from Ruse to Bucharest, at 11.30am and 4.30pm for similar prices.
The grand train station (820 222; ul Pristanishtna), Bulgaria’s oldest, is adjacent to the Yug bus station, about 2.5km from the town’s centre. It has four daily train services to both Sofia (14.50 lv, seven hours) and Veliko Târnovo (5.70 lv, two to three hours), and two more to Varna (9 lv, four hours).
In the station, the Rila Bureau (828 016; 9am-5.30pm & 9pm-5.30am) sells international train tickets. It’s best to buy a Bucharest ticket on the day of travel as there are sometimes delays. The train station’s left-luggage office (6am-1.30pm & 2-8.30pm) is past the main buildings and in a smaller one up the hill.
To get to the train station, take trolleybus 25 or bus 11 or 12 from ul Borisova. A taxi costs 2 lv to 4 lv.