Getting To Sunny Beach
The Sunny Beach Resort is primarily served by two main airports. These are Bourgas, which is 30 minutes drive from the south and Varna, which is 90 minutes to the north.
Bourgas airport is really only fully operational in the main season between May and October, with departures from many airports in the UK, Ireland and other European cities. There are however regular flights throughout the year from the UK with Wizz Air (from Luton) – and other European cities.
Year round flights operate to Varna and to the capital city Sofia from London and Manchester, so if you plan on visiting Bulgaria from the UK outside of the main season, then Easyjet now fly from London Gatwick to Sofia every day from under £100 return including taxes!
British Airways fly from London Gatwick to Sofia daily, but not currently to Varna.
Whether you fly into either Bourgas or Varna, I transfers to and from the apartment can be arranged via my Property Agent in Sunny Beach, if you wish.
All details here and below are just a guide and could be liable to change. Please do your own research for accurate flight times, availability and pricing.
Experience more of the beautiful countryside and culture of Bulgaria
If you are traveling into Sofia, the brand new Central Bus Station has domestic routes to practically everywhere in Bulgaria. There are numerous ticket counters for all the different operators and destinations are clearly listed. There is also an information desk where the staff speak some English.
Sofia to Bourgas takes approximately 7 hours and should be no more than 50 leva (about £20) but this can be a great way to experience another side of Bulgaria and a cheaper flight option. Alternatively you could catch the train, with a first class ticket, for around the same price. You will find the train station right next to the Bus Station.
Details below were valid for the 2019, but may have changed for 2021. Please use as a guide only and check with the airlines direct for this year’s pricing and offers.
Flights to Bourgas from the UK
Budget airline Wizz Air fly direct from Luton every other day with one-way fares starting at around £50 (+ taxes) between mid June and early October, but only if booked well in advance. The fare rises steeply to around £250 during peak times and when booked nearer the date of travel!!
Balkan Airways and Thomsonfly operate flight only from most regional airports from around £125 return low season if booked in advance but can be as much as £295 in high season! It seems that it can often pay to try and get a last minute deal as Thomson Fly, for example, were offering a one-way tickets from Nottingham East Midlands for £29.99 plus taxes last summer.
XL Airways operate from Manchester and London Gatwick. Thomas Cook and First Choice also operate flight only at similar prices as most of the other charter operators.
Air Bulgaria fly from Gatwick twice a week from £186 inc taxes. They also fly from Dublin three times a week from €210.
Avro advertise flights from Gatwick from £159 and Manchester from £160.
Skyscanner advertise flights from Gatwick and Manchester from £160.
Just the Flight advertise flights from all UK airports, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Prestwick. Also from Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork.
Airflights also list flights from most UK, Scottish and Irish airports.
Cheapflights, Dail a Flight, Skydeals, Which Budget and lastminute.com are also a good source for deals.
Flights to Varna from the UK
British Airways fly from Gatwick four times a week from £60. They also fly from Dublin and Edinburgh changing at Gatwick from £150.
Air Bulgaria fly from London and Manchester twice a week from around £125.
Skyscanner advertise flights from London and Manchester from £160.
Just the Flight list flights from most Uk, Scottish and Irish airports.
Flights to Sofia from the UK
Wizz Air fly from Luton four days a week from around £49.
Air Bulgaria fly from Manchester twice a week and from London daily.
Airline Network is a good choice for scheduled flights using Lufthansa , Austrian Airlines , Czech Airlines and Air France to name but a few with a change in the relevant country.
Just the Flight also list flights from UK, Scottish and Irish airports.
Flights from other Countries
Flights are also available from many other European countries and countries from the rest of the world. Please do a local search to find these if you’re planning to visit Sunny Beach from outside the UK.
All 4 of Bulgaria’s international airports have websites that, with the exception of Plovdiv, have live arrival and departure boards.