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Old June 16th, 2014, 12:13 PM   #6041
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Hello Friends,

if someone could give a little advise,

iŽll be on my way to Burgas in July, coming from Kalotina.

Is it better to pass Sofia on the northern or southern bypass?

Thanks in advance!
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Old June 16th, 2014, 12:22 PM   #6042
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Hello Friends,

if someone could give a little advise,

iŽll be on my way to Burgas in July, coming from Kalotina.

Is it better to pass Sofia on the northern or southern bypass?

Thanks in advance!
You should choose the south ring definitely! The north ring is in bad condition. There are some construction works on the ring road when you enter Sofia from west, despite that it is more comfortable to choose the south ring.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 02:47 PM   #6043
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I drove the north ring a few weeks ago. It is not so bad, there are no holes, just bumps here or there and the traffic is almost zero, so it is definitely not a bad choice. The south ring goes through urban areas and the traffic is very congested. And you have to pass through the construction works on the west arc where the traffic is really obstructed and jammed.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #6044
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In July there will be a lot of gastarbeiter traffic on the northern bypass. Both options suck. Last time I drove though the city, but it was a holiday, so there was not much traffic on the streets. If I had to avoid the city I would have taken the southern part.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #6045
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Thanks to all for your kind answers!

IŽll try to avoid the turkish caravans by avoiding the weekends...

i was also thinking about going straight through Sofia (on OSM and Google-Maps it seems to be at least the shortest way... and maybe there will be time for a short stop in the centre, as iŽve never been to Sofia) but i know what a Balkan rush hour can mean...

So, generally, when is the main rush hour in Sofia - if its possible to tell?
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Old June 18th, 2014, 02:14 AM   #6046
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If you're able to pass through Sofia outside rush hours, it's quite a relaxed drive depending on your standards of course and there is a lot of things to see.
I also wouldn't advise the northern ring road because of the Turkish caravan during the summer holidays.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 11:43 AM   #6047
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If you'd like to make a short stop, you could use this route, which is almost straight through the city - only a right and a left turn. You could stop here, or here, for example, but you have to pay - either via an sms to +359 1302, sending the license plate of your car ( the one that's on its plate ) or directly to one of the gyus with yellow-green jackets. Beware, that you could have your car towed-away, if you do not pay, or you stay over the limit of 1 hour. You could send another sms after the first hour, extending the parking time for one more hour. If you send an sms - wait until a confirmation sms is sent back to you, to be sure that your car have been registered.

For more details on parking in city centre : https://www.sofiatraffic.bg/en/parki...-parkirane/p/1

Alternatively, you could leave your car at one of the buffer parkings, for example here and then take the sub-way back to the city centre, so you could have more time and do not care about your car being towed-away

Have a nice trip!
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:30 PM   #6048
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Thanks again to all!

Thats a very nice idea @alex.krastev if i dont loose to many time at the border i will definetly think about this.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 01:37 AM   #6049
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If you're able to pass through Sofia outside rush hours, it's quite a relaxed drive depending on your standards of course and there is a lot of things to see.
I also wouldn't advise the northern ring road because of the Turkish caravan during the summer holidays.
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If you'd like to make a short stop, you could use this route, which is almost straight through the city - only a right and a left turn. You could stop here, or here, for example, but you have to pay - either via an sms to +359 1302, sending the license plate of your car ( the one that's on its plate ) or directly to one of the gyus with yellow-green jackets. Beware, that you could have your car towed-away, if you do not pay, or you stay over the limit of 1 hour. You could send another sms after the first hour, extending the parking time for one more hour. If you send an sms - wait until a confirmation sms is sent back to you, to be sure that your car have been registered.

For more details on parking in city centre : https://www.sofiatraffic.bg/en/parki...-parkirane/p/1

Alternatively, you could leave your car at one of the buffer parkings, for example here and then take the sub-way back to the city centre, so you could have more time and do not care about your car being towed-away

Have a nice trip!
I advise you against going through the city center - Tsarigradko shose boulevard is under rehabilitation and number of lanes is reduced. Also in front of parliament there might be a protest.
On alternative route Lion bridge junction(Maria Luisa/Slivnitsa) is under construction.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #6050
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So sorry to hear about the floods in Varna
I hear also that Veliko Turnovo region is not quite ok, also that the road 55 (VT-Gurkovo) is closed? Can you confirm that and for how long? Damaged by the floods or something?

Any real-time or updated site with the road situation (and in English or translatable anyway....)

Thanks
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Old June 21st, 2014, 02:19 PM   #6051
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It will take ~1 month to repair the damages.
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Also, you can check for regular updates here (only in Bulgarian).
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 10:07 PM   #6052
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III-609 in Tsareva livada village has been damaged as well so it will go under rehabilitation in the following months as well.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 08:51 PM   #6053
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Old June 24th, 2014, 10:09 AM   #6054
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It will take ~1 month to repair the damages.
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Also, you can check for regular updates here (only in Bulgarian).
Thanks, so basically, Republika Pass is replaced by Shipka Pass... got it
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Old June 25th, 2014, 10:59 AM   #6055
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13,000 cars passed in a day to Greece via the new Makaza border checkpoint, most of them from Romania. Seems that Romanian media made the new route quite popular. That resulted in a traffic jam at the checkpoint.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 08:21 PM   #6056
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at the moment is a real chaos in the Romanian forums regarding diversion through Shipka and customs crowded Makaza
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Old June 25th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #6057
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at the moment is a real chaos in the Romanian forums regarding diversion through Shipka and customs crowded Makaza
Sorry to hear that. What are people planning to do?
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Old June 25th, 2014, 11:57 PM   #6058
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Sorry to hear that. What are people planning to do?
Ferry from Constanta to Thassos.
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Old June 26th, 2014, 12:50 AM   #6059
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Ferry from Constanta to Thassos.
Are there such ferries?
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Old June 26th, 2014, 07:18 AM   #6060
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Sorry to hear that. What are people planning to do?
currently for a month how long repairs on Republika choose to Shipka deviation or Targoviste - Kotel - A1 - Stara Zagora, Dimitrovgrad.
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