Smart Travelling indicates ways on how to get to Vitosha Mountain from Sofia. The majestic Vitosha Mountain inspires me any time or season I am back to Sofia, with its beautiful nature. The feeling of fresh mountain air makes my spirits rise.
If visiting Sofia for a couple of days, take the time to get to the Vitosha Mountain and take in some stupendous of Sofia from above. Here, check the popular routes and tips but also get a sneak peek through photos from our visits.
How to get to Vitosha Mountain from Sofia
Vitosha Mountain stands proudly at 2290 meters high located next to the capital of Sofia, only 15 km away from the city center. In reality, the southerly parts of Sofia are lying on the outskirts of the mountain. Being so close, it is the unique place for outdoor activities and recreation.
Our Frequent Visits
If working in Sofia during the ski season, you can make your way up after work. Locals do it a lot! On Thursday for night skiing and daytime every day of the week. Skiing equipment is available for hire from the main ski center on Vitosha Mountain.
Cost of Popular Activities
The price of the Vitosha ski pass is about 35 lev per day. Approx. €18 EUR, £16, US $22 for one day. Although there are 13 ski tracks, if winter is warm, only a few of them are open. If this is the case, alternatively make it to Bansko or Borovets.
Spring and Autumn
Both spring and autumn are fantastic seasons for a leisurely or a slow walk up to the mountain park. In autumn, don’t be surprised even to find blueberries, although the wild strawberries and raspberries are long gone.
From there you can walk along the plateau or hike any one of many marked paths, including one right up to Cherni Vruh (Black Peak) the top of the mountain (approx. 2 and a half hours’ walk each way). You can take the chairlift up or down to Black Peak to shorten the stride.
A relatively easy flat walk known as the ‘Panoramic Path’ winds its way around the mountain above the villages. The most beautiful part of walking is in the towns of Bistritsa and Zheleznitsa. The whole path has wooden signs with words of wisdom and plenty of oak stools and benches for a short rest.
Another popular route starts above Boyana Church and passes by the Boyana Waterfall on its way up to Zlatnite Mostove. From there you can see the so-called ‘stone river’ in its full glory. Take a picnic if you’re planning on doing the full walk up and down, and it’s always wise to have something warm to put on as the temperature can change quite quickly in the mountain, mainly if you have worked up a sweat and then stop to rest.
How to get to Vitosha Mountain from Sofia
The easiest way to get to Simeonovski cable lift from the city center is by bus 122. Setting off from the Central Railway Station take the blue metro line Lavov most, Serdika, NDK or European Union metro station in the direction Vitosha station up to the last stop that will take you to Paradise shopping center.
You can access Aleko Hut preferably with the gondola lift that departs from the ring road near the turn, off for Bistritsa and the ride is roughly 20 minutes to the top with two stops on the way. The two-way ticket for the cable lift costs about 15 BGN – €8.00. In the case you find the cable lift closed you can get there by Bus 66, and it is available only during weekends. Catch it from metro station Vitosha.
If you’re looking for the perfect picnic location around Sofia where to enjoy a lovely outing, have a picnic, forget about the everyday city life and surround yourself with nature, the Golden Bridges is the place to be. They are spectacular! They are one of the few natural phenomena, easily accessible near Sofia.
According to Google Maps, it takes 44 minutes to get there from downtown Sofia – in our experience; it is much less than that from the minute you reach the ring road. Coming here by bus, take bus #63 and get off at the last stop. It is usually over-packed during weekends. It is advisable to make it early the morning or at noon and avoid using it on public holidays.
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