is a small town at the foot of Stara Planina (mountain
range crossing Bulgaria from its west border to the
Black Sea). The cable chair-lift and sunny south-facing
mountain slopes have made Sopot a favourite flying
site for many hangliding and paragliding pilots over
the last 20 years.
Sopot is easy
to access as the main road and the railway from Sofia to
Burgas pass trough it. There is also a regular coach line
to the neighbouring towns of Klisura and Karlovo (where
the road to Plovdiv begins):
There is a regular bus line from Karlovo (5 km
from Sopot) to Sopot every half an hour from Monday to
Saturday noon and every hour at weekends.
If you are coming from Sofia (130 km from Sopot)
you can take a train from the Central Railway Station to Karlovo
(7.15 a.m., 16.00 p.m., 22.15 p.m.), a bus from the
international bus station (in front of the Central Railway
Station) at 14.30 p.m., a bus to Kazanlak and change in
Banya (10 km from Karlovo), or some of the many buses
and trains to Plovdiv. Skynomad Club offers Sofia airport transfers to Sopot.
If you are coming from Plovdiv (55 km from Sopot)
you can take a bus to Karlovo (every hour).
If you're coming from Burgas (220 km from Sopot)
you can take a train to Karlovo at 5.20 a.m. or at 13.50 p.m.,
or a train or bus to Plovdiv.
If you're coming from Varna (350 km from Sopot)
you can take the night train to Sofia via Karlovo at 22.25,
the train to Plovdiv at 9.05 a.m. or a bus to Burgas (every
hour) and then a train or bus to Karlovo or Plovdiv.