Bulgaria (BDZ)

Country info: Bulgaria (България)

Rail companies: BDZ (Български Държавни Железници)

Bulgarian Rail Network Map

Currency: 1 euro = app. 1.95 Bulgarian Lev (BGN)


Train travel in Bulgaria: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info


National Train Service:

Train types in Bulgaria: Suburban, Passenger, Fast & International trains 


Couchette & Sleeper reservations fares on Bulgarian trains: 5 BGN for couchette, 10 BGN for 3 bed sleeper, 12 BGN for double sleeper (NB: 1st class ticket required) & 18 BGN for single sleeper

Majority of Bulgarian domestic tickets are sold only 5 days in advance, but for holidays period and summer season advance sale starts 20 days in advance. Domestic tickets for distances <100 km are valid for one day, 3 days for journeys >100 & <300 km and 30 days for journeys >300 km


 Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by train in Bulgaria (BDZ):

  1. Return ticket purchase gives passenger 10% discount compared to standard full fare ticket price
  2. For journeys with fast trains on certain routes BDZ gives 20% discount
  3. 20% discount applies also for the tickets on suburban journeys <50 km during weekends & public holidays
  4. Groups (3 to 6 passengers) receive 15% discount for one-way tickets on all Bulgarian trains
  5. For trains "Golden Sands" & "Seagull" from Sofia to Varna & Sofia to Burgas BDZ offers 30% when puchasing return tickets.


International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

SET tariff (valid for rail journeys between the members of South-East Europe Railways Group (SERG), which are the railway companies of Albania, Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro & Republika Srpska (ZRS)



Passengers can also take advantage of special Multilateral Agreement between a number of Central European railway companies. It allows to get 30% (or 40% for youth<26 years old and 50% for groups more than 6 passengers) discount from regular SCIC-NRT tariff fare on any return ticket purchased for connections between countries participants of the tariff Agreement (Czech Republic (CD), Hungary (MAV), Romania (CFR), Poland (PKP), Slovakia (ZSSK), Bulgaria (BDZ), Serbia (ZS) and FYR Macedonia (MZ)

Though at the same time potential passengers need to be careful and also consider possible bilateral agreements between Bulgarian Railways (BDZ) and rail companies in other countries (those might be cheaper at the end). In case of Bulgaria it's cheaper to purchase tickets to Serbia, Turkey and Romania using different discount (SET tariff)

b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

c) CityStars


One of the major deals for domestic & international train travels in the region is Balkan Flexi Pass (special pass offer for journeys in the area of south-east Europe). Balkan Flexi Pass (validity period of one month) allows unlimited number of rail journeys during of 5, 7, 10 or 15 days on rail networks of Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia & Montenegro 

Balkan Flexi Pass prices (2nd class):


It is also possible to purchase Rail Plus Card in Bulgaria, it gives the card holder 25% discount on any international ticket for train journeys between many countries in Europe. Rail Plus Card prices: <26 and >60: 30 BGN and 80 BGN for passengers between 26 & 60 years old



How to Buy Train Tickets in Bulgaria:

For certain trains/routes (e.g. Sofia to Varna, Sofia-Plovdiv-Burgas, Sofia to Gorna Oryahovitsa, Sofia to Blagoevgrad) within Bulgaria it is possible to purchase tickets online via BDZ website www.bdz.transportinfo.bg




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