Traveling on a budget – Sofia, Bulgaria


Being a student if financially difficult – Being a student also has its perks. Suddenly you have some money and time, after your graduation, automatically you will look for the job to pay in order to finally use all your educational credential and start making money. The time at the university could be the last time when you both have money and time, you can use both in order to travel! Here at Placement UK we have developed a mini-series with best places to visit when you are on a budget! In this article, we will be covering Bulgaria!

Flight Prices

The flight ticket can differ, this depends on the season that you will choose to travel but these prices have been based on a Friday night departure and Sunday return.

The flights from London to Sofia can cost as little as £26 return and usually vary at around £40. The cheapest airlines that provide flights are Ryanair and Wizz Airlines.

Accommodation Prices

Accommodation prices can also vary depending on where you would like to stay during your getaway.

There are many 2-3 star hotels in Sofia – most located in the centre of the city with an average price of around £30 which makes it a very affordable place to visit for the weekend.

Another service that you should consider using is the Airbnb – a service where private land lords and average home owners rent out their flat for a night or two. I have found places to stay for less than £10 per night and it can go all the way up to £200 per night depending on where you would like to stay and what sort of budget you have.

Food, Beverage and Travel Prices

Meal for 2 in an inexpensive restaurant – £10.00

Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant – £35.00

2 Tickets for Theatre (best seats) – £18.00

Domestic Beer 0.5l – £0.50

One way ticket (public transport) – £0.70

What to Visit

Alexander Nevsky CathedralBulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia. Completed in 1912, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral Stauropigial Memorial-Church is an impressive landmark in Sofia. The church was built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish Liberation War (1877-1878).

Ivan Vazov National Theatre –  The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is Bulgaria’s national theatre, as well as the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

National Art Gallery – The National Art Gallery is Bulgaria’s national gallery and houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art with new exhibitions being held every single month.

National History Museum – Over 650,000 items show Bulgaria’s history from prehistoric times to the more recent communist past. Currently the main exhibition that is attracting the most attention is the collection of pictures, artefacts and diaries from an expedition to Antarctica.

Dragalevtsi monastery – Dragalevtsi Monastery of the Holy Mother of God of Vitosha is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery on the lower slopes of Vitosha mountain on the outskirts of the capital Sofia in western Bulgaria and also was the hiding place of the anti-Turkish revolutionary leader Vasil Levsk.

Average budget for your Weekend Getaway – £200 on average including flight prices (UK Departure)