Sofia Airport Duty Free

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About Sofia Airport (SOF)

IATA/ICAO Code:
SOF/LBSF
Address:
Bruksel, 1528 Sofia, Bulgaria
City: Sofia
Country:
Bulgaria
Phone:
+359 2 937 2211
Website: http://sofia-airport.bg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sofiaairport
Arrivals: Sofia Airport (SOF) Arrivals
Departures: Sofia Airport (SOF) Departures
Weather Temperature: 22°C
Conditions: Clouds
Humidity: 64%
Wind: 4.12 k/h
Pressure: 1015 hpa
Latitude/Longitude
42.69669342, 23.41143608
Map: Click to view airport map
Reviews:
Sofia Airport Duty Free
2.7 rating based on 12,345 ratings
Overall rating: 2.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews.
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Sofia Airport (IATA: SOF, ICAO: LBSF), is an airport serving the Sofia area in Bulgaria. Scroll down or click here to see what Sofia Airport shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities we have in our Duty Free Information 2022 Database.

It has one 3,600-meter asphalt runway that saw 3.3 million passengers come and go on 40,771 flights in 2021. Due to COVID-19, those numbers are down from the 7 million passengers in 2019. It is home to both commercial airlines and the Bulgarian Air Force.

SOF began in 1937 and opened its doors in 1939 when a waiting room was built. The military used the airport during WWII to move mail and perishables. By the 1960s, it met its maximum capacity of 600,000 annual passengers, so in the 1970s there was an expansion of the airport making room for 3 million passengers. The airport terminal quickly outgrew itself, and by the 2010s, there were two terminals and plans for a third terminal.

There are 400 parking spots by Terminal 1 and 800 parking spots by Terminal 2. Both lots are uncovered and can handle long- and short-term parking. Transportation includes public transport, shuttles, taxis and rental cars.

Sofia Airport Shops, Restaurants, and Facilities

Tax Free shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities at Sofia Airport include:

Duty Free & Travel Retail
Store
Terminal 1
Duty Free & Travel Retail
Store
Terminal 2
FAB
Store
+359 899 055 550
Terminal 1
La Casa Del Habano
Store
Terminal 2
Relay
Store
Terminal 1
Relay
Store
Terminal 2
Shop Selling Bulgarian Products
Store
Terminal 1
Shop Selling Bulgarian Products
Store
Terminal 2
Subra Pharmacy
Store
Terminal 2
Top Sellers Shop
Store
Terminal 2

Duty Free Allowance at Sofia Airport

If you are travelling to Bulgaria from a country within the EU, then you can bring in an unlimited amount of goods that you have bought in that country as long as the price you paid included tax and the goods are for your own personal use (this also includes items that you intend to be gifts).

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Sofia Airport from inside the EU

Despite there not being a limit on the amount of alcoholic and tobacco goods that you can bring in from a country in the EU, if you have goods that are more than the following guidelines, then there is a good chance that you will be questioned by a Customs Officer about what you intend to do with the goods:

  • 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, or 1 kg of tobacco
  • 110 litres of beer
  • 10 litres of spirits
  • 90 litres of wine
  • 20 litres of fortified wine

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Sofia Airport from outside the EU

If you are entering Bulgaria from a country outside of the EU, then your allowance changes to the amounts listed below. Again, these must be for your own personal use. If you intend to sell the goods or if you go over these allowances, then you may have to pay duty and/or tax).

  • 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
  • 4 litres of still wine
  • 1 litre of alcohol over 22% volume or 2 litres of alcohol less than 22% volume
  • 16 litres of beer
  • up to £390 worth of all other goods
Sofia Airport Reviews

★★★★☆
Terminal 1 - old, crappy and pending demolition/refurbishment soon. Used by low-cost airlines. Terminal 2 - new, very convenient and FAST terminal where you'd fly through passport control and the gate. Security is tighter than in most of the other EU airports, but is still a quick and painless few-minutes-only exercise. Food at the airport is almost not present... But hey, would you be even thinking of having a meal at the airport when you have some of the best and cheap food in the world awaiting you at every corner in tasty Bulgaria?!:)
- Julian Manov

★★★☆☆
Not very crowded, and good, free WiFi are definitely a plus! The airport however is a bit boring, and the restaurants are not really restaurants, but bars offering sandwiches only. Shopping is relatively poor. Again, on the plus side, the immigration and security is fast in T2
- Roman Majcher

★★★☆☆
To be fair first of all, I have only been to Terminal 1. I heard T2 is much better, but T1 is horrible. It looks like an old bus station in a former Soviet country. Very low quality food and drink services, and very low quality security control. What I did like a lot were the wall mural maps of Bulgaria and Europe - those are really nice!
- Andy

★★☆☆☆
No Fast Track for Business Class in Terminal 2. Confusing layout and very slow security took almost 30 minutes to process 50 people. Even though this is the new terminal its very confusing to find your gates such as A1 is hidden to the left and behind a lot of shops.
- Ryan Tyler

★★★☆☆
Sofia is my hometown so Sofia airport is always my point of departure. It is a small one and very compact and easy to find everything inside. I suggest you use a taxi to come to the airport as the public transport is not always on time or is too crowded, however you should try to avoid getting a taxi when you arrive as the prices are way too high departing from the airport area. Make sure you come to the airport with full stomach as there are not many places you can get decent food. The prices in the duty free shop on Arrivals are pretty good, so don't loose the chance to stop by and do some shopping. Enjoy your stay / Have a safe flight! :)
- Iliyana Todorova

★★★★☆
Sofia International Airport is a pretty airport in the area of the capital of Bulgaria and it consists of 2 terminal, an old and a new one, with a car park. I have never seen the old terminal but the new terimnal is clean, clear and quiet comfortable. The airport staff is very friendly but bit slow. Also the flights aren't always on time. The food is good but nothings special. So on the whole it's a great airport!
- Simeon Peikert

★☆☆☆☆
Terminal 1 at Sofia is a disaster. Five flights leaving, only four security belts available and open. Equipment kept breaking down. It took me 90 minutes after checking in to get through security and passport control to the gate.
- John McClane

★★★☆☆
Very small airport. No smoking area ( exp. business lounge). Poor food and retail services - only 2 shops and 2 small points with food and beverages. You can take subway direct to city centre or with transfer to business park - it's a good option
- Pawel

★★★☆☆
Plan your transfer to and from the airport well in advance. Public transport - Bus 84 goes to the city center. Overpriced cafes. Airport authorities ask people to arrive 2 hrs before flight departure for security reasons.
- Iliyana Todorova

★☆☆☆☆
Was like stepping back in time, Terrible Airport. Just wondering what it will be like departing from there.
- Paul Metcalf
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Latest articles about Sofia Airport

Bulgaria grants 10-year Sofia Airport concession fee deferral to offset COVID-19 impact

Bulgaria grants 10-year Sofia Airport concession fee deferral to offset COVID-19 impact

BULGARIA. The government has moved to make a significant adjustment to its 35-year concession deal for Sofia Airport with a Meridiam-led consortium. It will defer annual fee payments for ten years to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on air traffic. Meridiam, the Paris-based asset manager, has partnered with Germany’s Munich Airport in its bid […]

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