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NOT APPLICABLE SINCE APRIL 1st, 2021

 
GETTING THERE
Getting to Sofia
By plane
Sofia airport is located 10 km from the centre of Sofia city. It has two terminals. Terminal 1 serves mainly low-cost and charter airlines. Terminal 2 is significantly bigger and currently serves many companies and Ryanair flights as well. There is a white free shuttle bus running every 30 minutes between the two terminals. There are a few kilometres between the two terminals and they are not in a walking distance. Public bus line 84 travels to both terminals. Allow 30 to 40 minutes to reach the city centre depending on traffic.

 

Sofia Airport and Subway Station, Photo by Internet

Getting to the hotel
Both conference venue and official hotels can be easily reached from Sofia International Airport by using the subway. The Metro No.2 Blue Line travels from/to Terminal 2. The trains run every day between 5:30 and 24:00 and take around 20 minutes to Park Hotel Moskva and 30 minutes to Sofia University Station. From this station Crystal Palace Hotel and BW City Hotel are reachable on foot. Make sure you check carefully the terminal that you are arriving at or departing from.
The subway operates with separate tickets that are not valid for other modes of public transportation. Tickets are only sold at the subway stations at cash-only ticket machines or at manned ticket booths (again cash-only). The cost of this transportation is 1.60 Lev. The tickets are only valid up to 30 min after purchase.
A taxi from the Sofia airport can be ordered as well. There is only one company that is allowed to service the airport (OK Supertrans). We recommend that you do not use taxi services offered outside the office of the taxi operator or in front of the terminal to avoid overcharge.
 
ORGANIZED TRANSFERS
Participants can order individual transfers from Sofia airport (bus/railway station) to their hotel or v.v. to CME Ltd. The price per person for one direction is 22 Euro. On arrival at Sofia airport, a member of the organising team with a sign with conference name will welcome participants. The organising team will take care of all transfer arrangements from the airport (bus/railway station) to the hotel. On arrival and during the first day of the event, delegates will be asked to confirm their departure times. Transportation will be organised from the hotel to the airport (bus/railway station) for those guests who have booked and paid the transfer individually.
Transfer(s) can be booked through the online registration form. 

 
PASSPORTS & VISAS
Bulgaria has the European Union's Common Visa Policy as a member country accepting European citizens freely. All non-EU citizens are required to have a passport to enter the EU with the appropriate visas. Conference attendees are personally responsible for making their own visa arrangements. You can find out more about visas at https://www.mfa.bg/en/services-travel/consular-services/travel-bulgaria/visa-bulgaria.
However, if you need an invitation letter, please send a mail to mira@cmebg.com.
 
MONETARY SYSTEM
The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev. Bank notes of the following denominations are in circulation: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Levs. 1 Euro = 1,95583 BGN.
There are foreign exchange offices and ATMs around the resort. It’s always prudent to carry a little cash, however, in case you can’t find an ATM or bank office nearby. You can always change cash at the hotel, though the commission will be high.
Make sure you have enough of the national currency when you plan to visit local markets and shops.

 
TIPPING                                                         
When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which is usually the case, 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum if you have been happy with the ride or for the sake of convenience.
 
CLIMATE
The climate in Bulgaria is moderate continental with beautiful blooming spring, dry and hot summer, long and pleasant autumn, and mild winter with lots of opportunity for skiing.
The weather in the middle of September warm and sunny with daily temperature of 25 ºC, which is very pleasant both for work and leisure.
You may check current weather in Sofia
HERE.
 
TIME                          
Summer time: GMT + 3 hrs. (April through October)

ELECTRICITY   
220 Volts, 50 Hz
Bulgaria uses CEE 7/4 (German "Schuko") power plugs and sockets