EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
Full list of countries whose citizens, holders of ordinary passports require/do not require visas to enter Bulgaria can be found here.
We recommend that visa requests are made well in advance (at least two months before arrival) to ensure there is enough time to process your request.
For more information about obtaining a VISA for Bulgaria, please visit the following website: www.mfa.bg.
The PLOVDIV REGATTA VENUE IS SITUATED WITHIN THE CITY, adjacent to the Maritsa River, making it easy to be reached by rail and road. Public transport services operate throughout the whole year.
Plovdiv is close to two international airports.
Sofia International Airport: 90 minutes by car (120 km).
The Sofia airport is in close proximity to highway A1/E80 that leads directly to Plovdiv.
Plovdiv International Airport: 15 minutes by car (12 km)
The Plovdiv Airport is a relatively a small airport with charter flights to Tel Aviv (IL) and Copenhagen (DK) as well as regular flights to London-Stansted (UK), Frankfurt-Hahn (DE) and Milan-Bergamo (IT) operated by RYANAIR.
Plovdiv can be reached by taking highway A1/E80 from Sofia. The distance is 120 km or about 90 minutes driving time.
It also lies on The European Transport Corridors No IV - Dresden - Prague - Bratislava - Gyor - Budapest - Arad - Kraiowa - Sofia – PLOVDIV – Istanbul with a diversion connecting Sofia - Kulata - Thessaloniki and No VIII - Duras-Tirana-Kaftan/Kafasan-Skopje-Deve Bair-Gueshevo-Sofia– PLOVDIV – Burgas-(Varna).
There is public transport from the regatta venue to the city centre and back via busses 10 and 17. The buss stop is located on the crossroad before the spectator entrance to the venue.
BY TRAIN/BY BUS
Plovdiv can be reached by TRAIN from Sofia in about 3 hours, but due to the relatively low quality of the Bulgarian train services – the OC DOES NOT RECOMMEND this option to be used by athletes and spectators.
There is an hourly BUS SERVICE from the Sofia Central Bus Station to Plovdiv. The trip takes about 2.30 hours.
ACCESS TO THE GENERAL GRANDSTAND
Access to the general grandstand can be reserved with a FISA Family grandstand tickets. Tickets for the remaining seats on the general grandstand can be purchased from our shop for the whole duration of the event.
A limited number of FISA family grandstand tickets will be available for purchase. FISA family tickets may only be purchased via your national federation.
The price is 60 EURO for the whole duration of the event and includes a reserved seat. FISA family tickets can be collected from the entrance to the grandstand.
VIP AND PRESIDENT GRANDSTAND ACCESS
Access to the VIP area and the president grandstand will be restricted to accredited persons.
Spectators can choose from a wide range of accommodation options in the city of Plovdiv and surrounding area. Additional information for spectator accommodation will be available from 15 January 2019.
THINGS TO DO/PLACES TO VISIT
Both athletes and spectators can take advantage of a free SIGHTSEEING TOUR around the most notable locations in the city or decide on a locations visit on their own with the assistance of the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE situated right next to the Central Post office:
Tourist Information Center 1
Address: ul. "Rayko Daskalov" 1, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv
Monday – Sunday : 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Tourist information center 2
Address: ul. "Doctor Stoyan Chomakov" 1, 4000 Old Town, Plovdiv
Phone: 032 620 453
Monday – Sunday : 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m
FOOD SERVICES AT THE VENUE
There are 4 restaurants and 6 food/beverage points at the venue for the spectators. Short information regarding their location, cuisine and prices will be available at the spectator information desk near the grandstand.