Varna International Airport
Varna Airport is located in the northeast of Bulgaria, near the tourist beaches on the Black Sea. In recent years, the number of travelers has increased enormously, which is the reason the Bulgarian government has decided to outsource the exploitation to the German Fraport, which has begun the much needed modernization of the airport. The new passenger terminal will be ready in 2010.
At the moment, there are five terminals: terminals 1 and 4 are used for incoming flights, 2 and 3 for departing flights. Terminal 5 is located at quite some distance from the other terminals and is used during the summer, in the peak season. There is a shuttle service between this terminal and the other terminals.
Rates mentioned here are in the Bulgarian currency leva, €1.00 is worth approximately 2 leva (March 2008).
Varna International Airport
IATA airport code: VAR
ICAO airport code: LWBN
There is no train connection to Varna Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is located approximately eight kilometers to the west of the city of Varna and it is easy to reach. From Varna, take the E70 west, after approximately four kilometers, take the exit to the A2, then after about 3.5 kilometers take the clearly indicated exit to the airport. The beaches at Albena, St. Konstantin and Zlatni Piasaci can be reached via the city center of Varna, after which you follow the coastal road E87.
Buses to Varna and coastal resorts are in front of Terminal 1, near the VIP room. You can also buy bus tickets there. Bus line 409 departs every 15 minutes from Varna to Zlatni Piasaci. In the center of Varna you can switch bus lines to other beach destinations: lines 8, 9 and 109 (speed connection) all go to St. Konstantin.
Car rental - Varna International Airport
In the Arrivals Hall, there are service desks for car rental companies: Avis, Hertz and Sixt. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several car rental providers in a single quote.
At the bus station, there are also taxis, mind the rate per kilometer (BG leva/km). A taxi ride to the center of Varna costs between 8 and 24 leva, depending on the taxi and the traffic, and takes approximately 15 minutes.
In front of the terminal building there is a large parking area for short-term and long-term parking. Information about rates is not available. For regular visitors to Varna, there is a long-term parking area which costs €250.00 per year, more information on the website Long Term Parking Varna.
There are no hotels on the airport premises. The nearest hotels are located in Varna, including: Golden Tulip (tel: +359(0)52 683 000), Hotel Splendid (tel: +359(0)52 681 414), Plaza Hotel (tel: +359(0)52 684 060), Grand Hotel Musala Palace (tel: +359(0)52 664 100) and the Best Western Park Hotel (tel: +359(0)52 389 789). These hotels provide a free shuttle bus to and from the airport. For more hotels and to reserve online, visit Booking.com, they offer a wide range of hotels at very reasonable internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
The number of shops, restaurants and bars at Varna Airport is limited. This may change when the new terminal opens in 2010. At the moment, the airport has four snack bars, in addition, there are four Duty Free shops.
It is not possible to store baggage at Varna Airport. The lost and found office is located in Terminal 4 (tel: +359(0)52 573 423).
Between terminals 2 and 3, there is a general information desk (tel: +359(0)52 573 323), where you can obtain flight information and information about the airport and public transport.
The VIP Lounge in Terminal 1 at Varna Airport is open daily from 08:00-20:00 (tel: +359(0) 52 573 460, fax: +359(0) 52 500 838), email, it offers fax, copying facilities and computers with internet access, in addition, there is a small meeting room.
The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are modified toilets and wheelchair slopes. Elevators are available for boarding and disembarking disabled people, in addition, there are parking spaces for the disabled, near the terminal building.
There are exchange offices in terminals 3 and 4 and there are also ATM's in terminals 2 and 4. There is internet access in all the terminals, and there is a First Aid station in terminal 2.