A great spot for nature lovers and party animals alike.
Approximate flight time: 3 hours 25 minutes (total distance 1,491 miles)
No of flights per week: 9
Airlines that fly direct: TUI, Jet2.com and Balkan Holidays
No. of Airports in Bratislava: Burgas Airport
Seasons: High = May-September ; Low = October-April
Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With its convenient location, there are plenty of options for you to get to Birmingham Airport. BHX is only a short half-hour drive away from the city centre of Birmingham. If you decide to come by car, you’ll find 7 car parks– all within walking distance of the airport terminal, or accessible by a free shuttle bus. If you prefer to travel by public transport, Birmingham International train station is located next to the airport. From here, there is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Your time at the airport should be enjoyable and Birmingham Airport has everything that you might need to relax or do some shopping before your flight to Bulgaria. As the 3rd largest airport in the UK outside of London, BHX has all the amenities you’d expect of an international airport.
With over twenty shops inside the terminal, you’ll be able to find any last-minute travel essentials that you might need. Spend time browsing the latest fashion, accessories and beauty products or bag yourself a bargain at World Duty Free. If you need some inflight entertainment, why not look for a new book, newspaper or magazine at WHSmith? BHX also has an ICE currency exchange service, so you can change some pounds to Bulgarian Lev before you fly.
If you’re in need of a quick bite before your flight, Birmingham Airport has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés for you to choose from. There’s a great selection of coffee shops if you need your daily caffeine fix, and healthier options can be found at Pret a Manger or Giraffe. If you are travelling as a family, Frankie & Benny’s is a great choice to host you and your little ones. And, if you’re with friends, you might want to kick start your holiday with a pint in Wetherspoon.
If you are instead looking for a more premium experience, or need access to quiet-zones and unlimited WiFi – why not book into one of the five airports lounges? You’ll find complimentary food and drinks, and sockets to power your devices before the flight.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Burgas Airport
Burgas Airport is the second largest international airport in Bulgaria and is located in the southeast of the country, approximately 10 kilometres from Burgas city centre. If you travel by car, you can arrive in the city in less than 20 minutes.
You can hire a car from Burgas Airport, or alternatively take a taxi to your destination. A 24-hour taxi service is available at the airport, and you can book online in advance.
The cheapest option for onward travel is to go by bus. Bus No 15 will take you to the central bus station at Burgas, and, from there, you can catch a bus or a small minibus to the resorts located to the south and to the north of the town.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Burgas
For most visitors, the port city of Burgas (sometimes written as ‘Bourgas’) is no more than a transit point for the historic towns further up and down the coast. But if you care to explore it, you’ll find beaches, salt lakes and cultural attractions. Nature lovers will adore the four lakes just outside the city, which are a haven for bird life and offer a plethora of activities.
The city is lively and well-kept with a pedestrianised centre, a long uncrowded beach, a gorgeous seafront park, and some interesting museums.
Bulgarian is the official language spoken in Burgas but most locals will be able to speak English in the tourist hotspots.
In Burgas, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and partly cloudy. Most holidaymakers visit in the summer where festival season is in full swing and the temperature of the lakes is most inviting.
Culture in Burgas
Burgas has so much more to offer than its easy accessibility to party resort, Sunny Beach. If you spend time in the town, you’ll find cultural attraction aplenty.
The Gramophone is a 2-m (6.5 ft) sculpture in the city centre, one of the symbols of Burgas. Legend has it that if you turn the handle and listen carefully, you will hear the name of the one who loves you. Check out the Concert Hall, State Puppet Theatre and Opera House, all offering a diverse programme throughout the year.
Burgas also boasts its fair share of festivals. The annual Sand Festival sees artists create fantastic sand sculptures. Every year the figures are united by a single topic: cinema characters, safari, fairy tales, carnival, etc. and are displayed all summer at Ezero Park. Another summer festival, the Spirit of Burgas Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Bulgaria, attracting top national and international rock, hip-hop and experimental acts and DJs.
Bulgarian cuisine is underrated and delicious. With creamy white cheeses, crispy fried foods and entrées baked in clay pots, you’ll be drooling just looking at the menu.