Varna Airport is the international airport serving the area of the historical maritime capital of Bulgaria. It is country’s third largest airport, important especially in summer during the leisure season. The airport is located 10km from Varna city centre, near the town of Aksakovo. The airport features both domestic and international flights to more than 70 destinations by more than 50 air carriers. In 2016 the airport handled 1.7 million passengers.
Public transport: When it comes to public transportation, Varna Airport is accessible only by bus.
Bus: Outside Terminal 2 there is a bus line 409 which provides connection between the airport and the city centre (and to the Golden Sands resort).
- The journey takes 20 minutes (to the Golden Sands 50 minutes).
- It is possible to get off at other bus stops in Varna, and at the resort Saints Constantine and Helena.
- The bus departs every 15 minutes.
- See the timetable.
Taxi service: Since the beginning of 2017 the taxi services at Varna Airport are entrusted to Triumf Taxi, the biggest and fast growing company in the sector in Eastern Bulgaria. The price is approximately 20€ per direction. You can find a taxi at the taxi rank in front of the terminal building.
Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.
Renting a car at Varna Airport: Rent your car directly at the airport in one of the offices of rental companies like Avis, Europcar, Sixt, etc. The car rental offices are located at the Arrivals Level. Still, the best way to rent car is to do it online, that way you’ll avoid the possible queue.
Renting a bus at Varna Airport: If you are travelling in a large group, you should consider renting a bus prior to your arrival so that the rental agency can prepare all the details and advise you on the meeting and pick up points at the airport.
FAQ – bus and transport from Varna Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, it shouldn’t be. The line 40 runs every day every 15 minutes, but it you don’t manage to catch one of the departures, you always have taxis at the taxi rank at your disposal. One way ride won’t cost you more than 20€.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Of course, there are few hotels to choose from, but all of them are approximately 6km away from the airport, so you need to take a taxi to take you there. Verna Palace Hotel, which offers 50 rooms for rent is the favourite one among tourists, has a good beach access as well. Hotel Mirage offers bed and breakfast service at low cost, so if you want to save some money, this is the place for you. Bellevue is another option, if you’re looking for a quiet holiday away from the actual resort. The room (and hotel in general) is lovely, clean and spacious, pool is nice and dining is delicious.
Q: I would like to visit Varna in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, the journey to city centre from the airport takes only 20 minutes, and the bus 409 departs every 15 minutes in both directions, so you won’t have trouble with exploring the city and making it to your next flight.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but there is also one bank office that provides financial services which can be found close to the check-in area. The Exchange offices are located in the public area of the departure lounge, in the arrival lounge and the baggage claim area.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Varna. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: The bus line 409 drives, other than to Varna city centre, to the Golden Sands resort. But if you want to visit some other place in the region, you have to go to Varna Central Station and check out the connections there.