The capital of Bulgaria is a relaxed, easy-going city despite being the country's business and cultural centre. Because of its history as part of the Ottoman Empire and under Russian influence, it's also a great blend of east and west. Having a young population also means that Sofia has a vibrant nightlife while it also possesses a host of galleries and museums.
Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport is located a few kilometres to the east of the city. It is well connected to the city centre via bus routes 84 and 384 and also has a Metro station as well as car hire outlets. The city's main hotels also offer shuttle bus services to and from the airport. Major airlines servicing Sofia Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, Easyjet, Qatar Airways and Air France.
Sofia Central Station is directly linked to destinations across the Balkan region - with overnight services to Istanbul, Belgrade, Bucharest and Vienna. The main station is located just to the north of the city centre and has its own Metro stop. Bus connections to other districts are provided via the Bus Station.
Sofia's main Bus Station is located right next to Sofia Central Train Station, making interchange between them easy. Trams and city buses link together the Bus Station and other parts of town while international services depart for destinations such as Belgrade and Vienna.
Sofia has tram, bus, metro and train networks which effectively link every part of town. Bikes can be privately rented, and there are some marked cycle paths. Most journeys in the city are made by car, which should be safe for tourists if they choose to rent.