The fine medieval town of Bansko is situated in south western Bulgaria at 925 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Pirin Mountains which is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountain ranges and is both a national nature reserve and a Unesco world heritage site.

Flying time from London is around 3 hours.

Sofia International Airport located 10km outside the capital is the most popular for Bansko.

  • Direct daily scheduled flights are available from the UK and Ireland from several major airlines.
  • Budget airlines lines flying to Sofa include Easyjet from Gatwick and Manchester and Wizz from Luton where return flights can be found from below 50 including taxes.
  • Distance to Bansko is 160km and driving time is typically 2 to 2.5 hours.


Plovdiv Airport  Plovdiv is Bulgaria's 2nd city and during the winter season many charter flights to are available with different airlines from many other regional UK airports.

Greece has two suitable airports Thessaloniki or Kavala. The Greek border is only 75km from Bansko.

  • Thessaloniki Airport has daily scheduled flights from several UK airports. Distance to Bansko is 240km and about 3.5 hours driving time.
  • Kavala Airport is mainly utilized by UK charter companies during the summer months flying from several UK airports. Distance to Bansko is 160km and about 2.5 hours driving time.

* Please note at this present time Greek car hire companies will not permit their cars being taken outside of Greece. Private transfers are not a problem and we can advise you on these if necessary.

Airport Transfers The easiest and quickest way to Bansko is with via a private transfer.

Typical Costs for a Return Transfer

  • 1-3 people:     130 Euro's
  • 3-4 people:     145 Euro's
  • 4-8 people:     178 Euro's
  • 8-14 people:   278 Euro's

There are several companies that can be recommended. They all use modern, comfortable vehicles, are English speaking and will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall holding a board with your name on it. We are happy to arrange this for you and depending on which company you decide upon no advance payment is required, you simply pay the driver on the day.

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Car Hire Information for Sofia Airport

A number of on-site car rental companies are based at Sofia airport with booking desks in the arrivals hall.

You may wish to consider to book car hire with Economy Car Hire Ltd and get:

  • Fully inclusive car hire
  • No insurance excess
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Free additional driver

* Many Bulgarian car hire companies will allow their cars to be being taken into Greece. If this is your intention you need to advise them at time of booking so they can arrange a Green Card.

Why not consider a two centre holiday, mountains and beach !

From Bansko the Greek Aegean coast of Kavala with its sandy beeches and vibrant night life is an easy 2.5 hour drive away. From Kavala you can also catch the ferry to the wonderful Island of Thassos, the crossing takes around around an hour. This we did in 2007 and are planning the same for 2008.

Alternatively please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you require any further information.