Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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  • Black Sea Coast

    Black Sea Coast travel guide


    The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast is a popular summer (June to August) destination for thousands of Bulgarians as well as foreign visitors, who come for its warm sea temperatures, sunny climate, picture-perfect white sand beaches, modern resorts and favourable exchange rate.

    Although the Black Sea Coast has long been associated with large resort complexes catering mainly to European package tourists, there are also plenty of little hotels with private beaches. Seaside towns invite a more independent vacation, with their abundance of family-run guesthouses and a wealth of bars and restaurants adding local flavour and character. The coast is also one of the best spa regions in the country and resorts offer the added attraction of mineral baths, mud treatments and thermal springs.

    Clean beaches, safe swimming and wide sandy shores characterise the northern Black Sea Coast, with the lively city of Varna a good base from which to explore the region. To the south lie picturesque bays and unusual rock formations, as well as the trawler port of Bourgas, which is flanked by the old fishing villages of Sozopol and Nessebur.

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    The marine climate along the coast is characterised by warm, sunny days from May to October, with mid-summer air temperatures averaging 83°F (28°C) and sea temperatures as warm as 77°F (25°C). The wettest months are June, October and December. Winter is cold, though milder than the interior of the country where the snow falls heavily.

    Many of the beach resorts shut down for the winter season but the picturesque villages in the coastal region are still charming and pleasantly empty of tourists in the winter months. Summer is definitely peak tourist season on the Bulgarian coast, with its popular seaside resorts booming. Spring and autumn are also good times to visit because the weather is fairly mild and there is still sun to be enjoyed.

    Varna International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated on the western outskirts, about six miles (10km) from Varna.
    Time: Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the end of March to the end of October).
    Getting to the city: Public bus 409, which passes through central Varna and travels as far as Golden Sands resort, serves the airport; departures are from in front of the VIP hall. Taxis are available in front of International Arrivals, but the meters are often not working and it is advisable to agree on a fare with the driver before departure. Many resort hotels run their own shuttle services to and from the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental agents at the airport include Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Europcar.
    Facilities: The airport has currency exchange facilities, a large restaurant and duty-free shops.
    Parking Parking is available just opposite the terminal and is open 24 hours a day. The first ten minutes are free and charges start at BGN 3 for the first hour. A full day's parking will cost BGN 24.
    Bourgas International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Bourgas.
    Time: Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the end of March to the end of October).
    Getting to the city: Most passenger flights into Bourgas Airport are part of package holiday deals and visitors are conveyed by their host tour operators. Taxis are available, and local buses also serve the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental is available.
    Facilities: The airport has a bureau de change, bank, restaurant, duty free shop, post office and first aid facilities.

    No direct flights from Heathrow to this Destination