Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia
Explore Bulgaria's holy sites with a shuttle bus from Sofia to Rila Monastery. Departs daily and includes convenient centrally located meeting location.
This shuttle service offers shared transportation daily from Sofia to Rila Monastery. The tour starts with a pick-up from centrally located meeting place in Sofia - right behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, leaving the city at 12:30pm. Arrive at the UNSECO Rila Monastery around 2:30pm. Free time for your self-guided tour.
After arriving at the monastery, the driver will offer you the free option to take you few kilometers further up the mountain to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), the founder of the monastery. A 15-20-minute pilgrimage on the forest path will take you to the cave where Bulgaria's most praised saint has lived. Comfortable walking shoes and basic hiking abilities are required (rocky/slippery surface) if you decide to take this free option.
Leave Rila Monastery at 6:00pm and arrive back in Sofia city around 8:00pm at the original departure location - next to the Alxander Nevski Cathedral.