Travel and Parking for People with Disabilities
Information on travelling options for people with disabilities in Bulgaria. Find out how to use a 'blue badge' disability parking permit...
People with reduced mobility may find difficulties in getting around in Bulgaria. Few buildings, hotels and pavements are adapted to wheelchairs although since Bulgaria's entry in the EU, the government is obliged to meet EU criteria and plans are underway to facilitate access to certain buildings.
Services for passengers with reduced mobility are available with the following express trains in Bulgaria:
- Sofia – Plovdiv – Burgas: "Sunny beach" express train
- Sofia – Gorna Oriahovitsa - Varna: "Golden sands" express train
- Sofia – Karlovo – Burgas: "Seagull" express train
Some carriages on these trains are adapted for people in wheelchairs and toilet facilities are equipped in accordance with European and international standards.
Railway stations in Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Bourgas and Varna have restrooms and appropriate facilities for people with disabilities.
- For further information Tel: 02 920 0547 or 02 920 0269
- Reservations for those with reduced mobility should be made at least one day in advance
- Burgas Tel: 056 882 062
- Varna Tel: 052 662 3339
A system of transport called "car - train- car" is available for passengers with reduced mobility. This service must be booked at least three days in advance.
- Burgas Tel: 056 831 432
- Stara Zagora Tel: 042 648 082
A special information service for foreign disabled passengers is available:
- Tel: 02 988 5358 and 02 932 4336
EU regulations establish that people with reduced mobility should have free, special assistance when needed in airplanes, airports, baggage check-in and with flight connections. Responsibility has been passed to the airports to accommodate the needs of the disabled traveller. Air companies are at liberty to provide services to people with reduced mobility.
Each airline company has its own internal procedures, describing the type of disability they may accept as well as the specific services offered on board and on ground. The disabled passenger should always notify the company about their specific needs when booking the ticket. It is also important to be present at the check-in desk at least one and a half hours before boarding.
For information on assistance at the airport contact:
Parking places reserved for disabled people are indicated with a wheelchair symbol.
The blue badge is a standardised European Community disabled person's parking permit which provides parking entitlements to badge holders in all complying European countries - a blue badge from one country is valid in another. A person coming to Bulgaria from another EU country may find it easier to apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking.
- For further information from the European Commission website: Click here
Things to keep in mind:
- Disabled parking is not allowed on roads where parking is normally prohibited
- Time limits must be observed even with a disabled parking badge
- When parking on roads where payment is required, check with the local Municipal Council to see if payment is still required
- Driving and parking in pedestrian zones is prohibited
- Some car parks allow free parking to holders of a disabled parking badge