• Rila Shuttle runs every day from Sofia city
  • Departure at 9:30h from St. Alexander Nevski cathedral
  • from €19.99 per person (two-way)
  • Easy booking in 60 seconds
  • No payment in advance or credit/debit card required

Private transfers available also from €35.00 per person

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Rila Shuttle schedule

09:30 departure from Sofia city centre

Meeting point for the shared shuttle is at St. Alexander Nevski square. A map to the meeting point will be sent to you with your voucher.

The exact time of pick-up from your hotel in Sofia will be advised in your voucher.


11:30 arrival at the Rila Monastery


Free time to explore the site and surrounding area until 14:30.

There are several dining options in the area as well as an old bakery and small snack shop


14:30 departure from the Rila Monastery in direction to Sofia city. About 2 hours journey to Sofia


16:30 arrival in Sofia city. Drop off at St. Alexander Nevski square in Sofia city centre. 




Prices and insurances policy depend on the car rental company.


Usually, local Bulgarian car hire companies may offer you better rental terms & conditions  (lower or no excess at all, unlimited mileage, 2 drivers free of charge etc.), but their capacity might be limited when booking last-minute. 

Local car hire companies are usually flexible regarding pick-up and drop off of the car and may also offer delivery and collection from an address in Sofia city.

Credit and debit cards are usually accepted, as well as cash payments.


Some of the local rent-a-car companies:

International companies usually have a wide variety of car available at any time.

Read carefully the terms & conditions regaring fuel policy, insurance coverage (amount of excess included), drivers's minimum age, mileage included per day. International rent-a-car companies acceps only credit cars (not debit cards and cheques).


Some of the international rent-a-car companies:




There is only one public bus that goes from Sofia directly to Rila monastery - Rila Express.


Departure from Sofia at 10:20h.

Arrival at Rila monastery at 13:00h.


Departure from Rila monastery at 15:00h.

Arrival in Sofia at 17:20h.


Ticket price: 11.00 BGN leva (approx. €5.50) per person, one-way.

Seat reservation in not possible and availability is not guaranteed.


The bus departs from bus station Ovcha Kupel, located in the west part of Sofia city. You can get to the bus station:

  • by taxi - about 20 min ride from the city centre (depending on traffic conditions the time can increase)
  • by tram №5 - there is a stop behind the Palace of Justice in the city centre.
    The ticket for the tram is 1.60 BGN leva (approx. €0.80) and can be purchased from the ticket kiosks at some tram stations or from the driver (availability of tickets from the driver is not guaranteed)
  • by foot - about 1h 15min from Sofia city centre

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