I have travelled with OK Taxi last month and have paid 3 times of that I should have paid! The rates have been displayed on the front window but at the destination the driver said they are only valid for journeys in the city centre not from the airport. The driver did not switch the meter on which they should have done by law. I paid over 33 lev for a 10 km journey. I asked the company (at the airport on my way back) what the price should have been and they said between 10-15 lev. Always ask for the price before you start the journey, in this way you might prevent driver's scam
Unique Suggestions Ask for prices before the journey and for the meter to be switched on
Fun Alternatives take the tube
Taxis can be nototiously hit or miss at Sofia airport, so it's best to avoid them.
Fun Alternatives The easiest solution is to prepare your transport options in advance. I've had very good experience with the prompt and efficient team at easysofiatransfer.com.
A few days ago we arrived at Sofia Airport and head on to the taxi office opposite the terminal. We were told a guide price to the city centre ( around 10-15 levas) but before getting in the taxi , the driver told us that will cost a min of 50 leva. I looked at the car which was an old Skoda Fabia , thoought for a second and asked to unload my luggage.
Thats is the official company operating there - which can not be trusted.
We went at the front of the arrival and departures where a dodgy taxis are waiting for customers and when ask for the price they say whatever the meter show - but could not give us an approx price. Don't know why but they looked like a prisoners just got out of the prison.
Never ever will come to Bulgaria without prebooking my taxi.
We went to have a coffe which was at a ridicilous price - around 3 euros till figure out what to do. At least I had an interenet on my phone and had a local search. Called the first tel number which came up under sofia airprot transfers - a company http://www.bulgaria-airport-transfers.com and they quote us a price of 25 euros for a mini bus Mercedes Viano. At least we had a luxury vehicle for our transfer although the price could have been lower.
When the driver arrived we are very happy as the service was imacculate - the price worth every penny. Booked them for the return although I could have find it a bit cheaper.
Fun Alternatives Always book in advance. If you are in Bulgaria and need a transfer - just google : Bulgaria Airport transfers or Sofia Airport Transfers and call the companies which come up at the firts page.
Alternatevely book with www.bulgaria-airport-transfers.com
avoid all land based casinos in sofia , something is wrong about them at most aspects .do not buy chips more than 5 euro value ,ie costs of free drinks u get there . if u do go choose princessa to the others
Unique Suggestions use 121 taxies they hardly cheat phone is 029732121
CK taxis cost thrice as much as OK taxi. They even copy the number so make sure you read the sign correctly. Taxi should read OK and not CK.
Unique Suggestions Read the sign the next time you choose your taxi. And have enough change.
People, please pay attention to the taxi you are going to use! This is really a very bad practice in Sofia-to be "robbed" by a taxi driver.
Look carefully at the sticker of the car-it is on the back door window and it's showing the prices! The normal price per kilometer is 0,50 BGN/km (a day price) and 0,70 BGN/km (night price).
The best taxi companies in Sofia are "OK Supertrans" (tel. +359 2 973 21 21), Radio CB Taxi (tel. +359 2 9 12 63), Yellow Taxi (tel. +359 2 91119) and "Taxi for 1 eur" (tel. +359 2 9 622 226).
When you need a taxi from the Airport to the hotel, look carefully at the sticker of the car. If you need a taxi from the Central Bus Station , please take one from the exit of the station. You'll notice there are taxis waiting there, they have a contract with the Bus Station, so they are legal and the price is acceptable (you have to go to the gates of the Bus Station and wait just in front of them for a taxi).
I have observed two interesting attempts to cheat the Sofia public recently.
There is good taxi company called OK Supertransport. Their name appears on their taxis in Cyrillic letters. There is another, cheating company, called OK Supershansport. They use the exact same colors, the same logo, and the same lettering as the good company. The name is exactly the same length in Cyrillic. If you are wandering around Sofia and can't read their alphabet, ask someone to write both names out for you on a piece of paper so you can look at it and compare the names to the names on the taxis.
The second example was also pretty ingenious. Someone painted their car to look exactly like a taxi. It even had the black and white squares under the windows. The only thing missing was the sign on top saying "taxi". Naturally, the inside was missing a meter and a license. This guy could charge whatever he wanted and put all the money directly into his pocket (no taxes). He followed me for several blocks driving at walking speed, calling me to enter his "taxi", but I finally turned off into a side street and he drove off.
Fun Alternatives The taxis from OK Supertrans are good, and the drivers are knowledgeable, meaning they use the fastest route to get anywhere. However, the trams and busses also go everywhere, and you can walk into a hotel lobby and find a map of Sofia with the public transportation system on it. If you're going west of the city center, the subway line is also excellent. Sofia is working very hard on adding extra stations to the subway, so soon it will cover other directions as well.
Finally, if you're in good health, walking is the best way to see the city. The important tourist sites are all within a few blocks of one another, and not only will you see the city from up close, if you walk enough you can save enough money to enjoy a taxi ride home at the end of a long day of tourism without feeling guilty!
Hotels will offer you airport transfer services often for EUR 15-20 from the centre of Sofia - this is substantially more than it is necessary to pay. The airport transfer from the centre of Sofia to the airport should only cost you about BGN 10 from the arrivals halls - ask before you get into the cab. Heavy traffic might make it slightly more expensive, although not by a substantial amount. In the event that you go to the wrong terminal at the airport, do not ask for another taxi - they will try it on with you - I was quoted EUR 10, then BGN 10 to get between Terminal 2 (new terminal building) and Terminal 1 (old terminal). I walked away - I then spotted a free bus between the terminals.
Unique Suggestions Take a cab from arrivals to the hotel - it is likely to be substantially cheaper than the hotel-operated airport transfer services - and use the airport transfer only on the way back as a way of spending any excess Leva you have left over.
Fun Alternatives Alternatively take the 84 bus from the airport to the University (end of the line) which will cost the price of a single bus ticket.
I took a taxi (called from my hostel) to the bus station for 3L ($2). When I came back from the bus station I jumped into a taxi and was charged 23L($15!). Luckily, I shared the ripoff with 2 other travelers . This is apparently legal for the taxis to charge insane rates, and they even print out a receipt and A BIG SMILE is included. P.S. I know I'm an idiot. This happened to another backpacker and he just refused to pay it all.
Always yellow cabs, but don't trust anonymous cabs. Check the OK TAXI or SUPERTRANS labels on the flank. Those are good. The other ones may not. I've been asked 30 leva from Rodina Hotel to the airport and I negotiated to have the run for 15 leva. No meter at all. The taxi had been called by a receptionist of the hotel. Two days later I called an OK TAXI by myself and, for the same run, I paid 3.58 leva, certified by the meter.
Unique Suggestions Ask for the price before you get in, then offer half the sum. Then enjoy your ride watching the city, the streets and the people.
Fun Alternatives BUS AND TRAMS ARE OK! I TRIED THEM.
The price per km could range to anything from 40 stotinki / 20 cents / to 7 leva / 3,5 euro/ and there is no force on earth that could stand for your rights in that case. Speaking bulgarian or being native doesn't help , as I have been tricked by those clever rubbers several times. The problem is that they look like any other taxi, from color or car condition, the only thing that can save you is to look very carefully for the prices that they are obliged to have displayed at the side and front windows ( in bulgarian of course) . "1280", "91280" and "2121" are the safest cab companies.
This is more of a comment, when arriving in Sofia, the taxi drivers tend to charge more to foreigners. If you are bulgarian you are ok. But a foreigner will be charged more to go to any distination.
Unique Suggestions If you have a bulgarian friend or speak fluent bulgarian then the drivers will think you are bulgarian and not over charge you.
Fun Alternatives Good rule is the other person who you are with or traveling with knows bulgarian, let them do all the talking. I have done that many times and it works.