Swiss Railways train in Zurich Station
Below is a detailed map of the railways of Bulgaria. You can zoom in by using the +/- buttons or by using the wheel on your mouse whilst hovering over the map.
The map has been extracted from the Railway Map of Europe with kind permission of the publishers.
You can purchase copies of the full map, as well as rail timetables, from The European Railway Timetable website
Bulgaria is standard gauge with a mix of diesel and electric traction: there are good domestic services connecting Sofia and Plovdiv with the Black Sea towns of Burgas and Varna. International services run through to Istanbul but the main line ends in the suburbs at Halkali and from there you need to take the metro through to the old Sirkeci Station near the Galata Bridge: however the metro continues through to the Asian side via the Marmara tunnel and connects with the high speed line to Ankara and Konya. Serbia and Romania are linked with a daily service from Sofia, that to Bucharest via the vast Soviet built double deck 2.5km long Danube Bridge between Ruse and Giurgiu but links to Greece are presently not being operated. One very interesting narrow gauge line runs into the Rhodope mountains from Septemvri, which is on the main line between Sofia and Plovdiv, south to Dobrinishte a distance of 125 kms: see link below . Another very interesting and scenic ride is south from Gorna Oryakhovitsa via Veliko Tarnova, a major university city and former capital of the second Bulgarian Republic: this route has recently had a major upgrade and is the direct route from Bucharest through to Istanbul via Dimitrovgrad.
In October 2021 the governments of Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania signed a memorandum to complete what is known as Corridor VIII: this would enable the building of a railway infrastructure which by 2030 would link Varna on the Black Sea with Durres on the Adriatic.
See link below for Bulgarian State Railways but contains nothing on mobility or cycles but has an online ticket purchase system, a dynamic map of train locations and the offer of a Balkan Flexipass which can be purchased in both 2nd and 1st class for travel in Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania (only valid on CFR Calatori services), Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
DS December 2021