Interrail in Bulgaria

How to travel by Interrail in Bulgaria. Overview and information to travel routes, Bulgarian train types, night trains and Interrail reservations.

The Interrail pass is NOT available for purchase in your selected country of residence (USA). You have to travel with an Eurail pass.


Interrail is valid on all trains of BDZ (State Railways).
For more information about train companies in Bulgaria click here.

Reservation and supplement:

Day trains: Seat reservation is compulsory on a few express trains from Sofia to Gorna Orjahovitsa, Ruse, Varna and Burgas and on the international train to Thessaloniki.
For more information about reservations in Bulgaria click here.

Night trains: Seat reservation is not compulsory.
For more information about night trains in Bulgaria click here.

Good to know:

You don't have to worry about many things when Interrailing in Bulgaria. The only train company is State Railways BDZ, operating all trains. The main routes run from Sofia towards the Black Sea from West to East across the country, connecting the important cities of Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas to the capital. International routes run from Sofia to Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Budapest and Bucharest. On main lines there are frequent connections, however not running at regular intervals, so you shouldn't miss your train if you dont want to wait long for the next one.

Timetables for Bulgaria are available in our schedule planner or the Interrail app which include all trains and timings. However we recommend to check timings on the website of BDZ or locally.

Reservations for international trains are sold at RILA travel agencies located at large stations: Sofia, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Ruse, Pleven, Gorna Orjahovitsa, Vratsa, Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo, Blagoevgrad, Vidin.

Bulgaria uses the Cyrillic alphabet, so most information will be in Cyrillic only. It helps to have a list of basic words, city names etc in both Cyrillic and Latin alphabet with you.

Do you have further questions and need assistance? Do not hesitate to ask in our friendly forum where you always get detailed help.

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