Flights to Plovdiv arrive from across Europe with a large number of passengers arriving from any of the three regular services linking the second city of Bulgaria to Moscow. Plovdiv Airport has a history dating back to 1947, but saw a long period without regular commercial flights from the 1980s through to the 21st century. Seasonal services to Plovdiv are offered by Jet2 from Belfast International Airport throughout the Winter. Further services from the UK are limited, but do include year round services from Ryanair departing from London Stansted. Flights to Plovdiv actually arrive around 3 km from the city of Plovdiv with regular shuttle buses connecting passengers with the city's main railway station.
The city of Plovdiv has a history reaching back beyond the Roman period, with the ruins of the Roman settlement some of the most popular attractions in the city. The ancient theatre is perhaps the best known site within the city and dates back to the 2nd century and remains largely intact. Visitors looking for a more modern holiday can spend some time exploring the many shopping centres and districts, including the recently constructed largest mall in the district of Trakiya.