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Getting there & away

From the bus station (830 890; ul Rilski Pohod), buses go to Burgas (13 lv, three hours, four daily), Ruse (7 lv, two hours, three daily), Dobrich (13 lv, two hours, four daily), Silistra (6 lv, 2½ hours, three daily), Veliko Târnovo (11 lv, two hours, several daily), Madara (1.50 lv, 20 minutes, five daily) and Veliki Preslav (1 lv to 1.30 lv, 30 to 60 minutes, three daily). There are also buses to Sofia (21 lv, six hours, hourly) and Varna (8 lv, 1½ hours, nine daily). Private buses, such as those operated by Etap Adress (830 670), also stop in Shumen on the route between Sofia and Varna.

From the train station (860 155; pl Garov) daily trains (including one express) go to Varna (3.90 lv, two hours, nine daily), and fast trains serve Sofia (10.70 lv, four to seven hours, two daily). There are services to both Ruse (7 lv, three hours, daily) and Plovdiv (13 lv, six hours, daily). A couple of trains stop at Madara. The station has a left-luggage office (24hr) inside.

Taxiswait outside both the bus and train stations, and are easy to find in town.