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Description | Contacts | Travel conditions
Description

The first railway line on the territory of Bulgaria, linking Ruse and Varna, was launched into operation on 7 November 1866.
According to the Railways Act, passed by the National Assembly on 31 January 1885, the state entirely undertook the building and the operation of the railway network in Bulgaria. Based on this act, the system of the Bulgarian state railways was established..
On 1 August 1888, the first railway line connecting Caribrod-Sofia-Vakarel was opened, entirely designed and built by Bulgarian engineers and architects.
Eminent figures of the socio-political life of Bulgaria at the end of the 19th century such as Todor Kableškov, Ilarion Dragostinov and Zahari Stojanov worked as railwaymen.
At that time one of the places for entertainment on a holiday was the railway station. After leaving the church, men and women, "dressed up as if for a wedding", went to the railway station to stay there for an hour or two, to watch the arrival and departure of the trains. It was a common conviction that every decent citizen ought to come to the station at least once a month, when the weather was nice, to have a bottle of "lemonate" in the buffet where his or her attire was expected to be seen by everybody. These festive visits were discontinued when platform tickets were introduced.

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Contacts
Basic phone : 02/ 932 33 33
Stationary phone : 02/ 932 34 19
Мobile phone : 0884/ 139 481

Railway agencies and stations in Sofia
1.Central Station Sofia
- Information about train timetables, tel. +359 2 931 11 11, +359 2 932 33 33
- Railway agency, advance sales – domestic services
- working hours: 07:30 - 19:00
- ticket-office, tel. +359 2 932 22 70
- sleeping – car tickets, tel. +359 2 932 20 90
2. Railway ticket agency Rila
- Information, tel.: +359 2 865 84 02 and +359 2 932 42 80
- international service information and ticket sales – tel.: +359 2 865 71 86
- domestic services, ticket sales, tel.: +359 2 865 91 08 and +359 2 932 42 96 and tickets for sleeping berths, tel: +359 2 865 91 08 and +359 2 932 42 94
IN THE COUNTRY:
1. Asenovgrad: railway station, tel. +359 331 29 70, working hours: 05:30 – 21:30
2. Blagoevgrad: railway station, tel. +359 73 885 695, working hours: 05:00 – 19:30 3. Burgas: railway station, tel. +359 56 84 50 22; +359 56 84 45 01, information about sleeping berths – tel. +359 56 882 403, working hours: 07:00 – 18:30
4. Varna: railway station
- information, tel: +359 52 630 414 and +359 52 630 444, working hours: 06:00 – 22:00
- advance sales, tel.: +359 52 662 33 43, working hours: 07:00 – 18:00
5. Veliko Tarnovo:
- Railway agency, advance sales – 2A “Kaloian” Str., tel. +359 62 21 30 working hours: from Monday to Friday 07:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 18:00
- railway station, ticket-office, tel.: +359 62 620 065, working hours: 00:00 – 24:00
6. Vraca: railway station, tel.: +359 92 624 415, working hours – 06:30 – 18:00
7. Velingrad: railway station, tel.: +359 5 21 41, working hours: 08:30 – 15:00 and 16:00 – 19:00
8. Gabrovo: railway station, tel.: +359 66 805 339, working hours – 07:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 19:00
9. Gorna Orjahovica:
- Railway agency, advance sales - № 13 “Makedonia” Str., tel.: +359 618 4 21 34, working hours: from Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00
- railway station, ticket-office, tel. +359 618 5 60 50 and +359 618 6 33 33, working hours: 00:00 – 24:00
10. Dimitrovgrad: railway station, tel. +359 391 666 22, working time: 00:00 – 24:00
11. Dobrich, railway station, advance sales –tickets and sleeping berths, tel.: +359 58 602 281 working hours: from Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:30 Saturday and Sunday – information about train timetables – tel.: +359 58 603 078
12. Dupnica - railway station, tel.: +359 701 218 366, working hours – 04:00 – 24:00
13. Kazanlak - railway station, tel.: +359 431 6 20 12, working hours – 01:00 – 23:00
14. Karlovo - railway station, tel.: +359 335 9 46 41, working hours – 03:30 – 24:00
15. Karnobat - railway station, tel.: +359 559 2 21 50, working hours - 00:00 – 24:00
16. Kardjali - railway station, tel.: +359 361 6 12 26, working hours – 03:00 – 24:00
17. Kjustendil - railway station, tel.: +359 78 55 06 23, working hours – 05:00 – 18:00
18. Mezdra - railway station, tel.: +359 910 91 33 33, working hours – 07:00 – 19:00
19. Nova Zagora - railway station, tel.: +359 457 2 20 93, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
20. Pazardjik - railway station, tel.: +359 34 444 720, working hours (information) – 00:00 – 24:00; working hours (advance sales) from Monday to Friday – 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00
21. Pernik - railway station, tel.: +359 76 603 050, working hours – 04:00 – 24:00
22. Pleven - Railway agency, advance sales, tel.: +359 64 831 133, working hours – 08:00 – 18:30; railway station (information), tel.: +359 64 813 333, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
23. Plovdiv - Railway agency, advance sales, tel.: +359 32 622 732, working hours – 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:30; railway station (information), tel.: +359 32 622 729 and +359 32 632 720, working hours – 05:30 – 24:00
24. Podujane - ticket-office – 359 2 932 30 89, working hours – 01.06. – 30.09. – 05:30 – 24:00 and 01.10. – 31.05. - 05:30 – 23:00
25. Razgrad - railway station, tel.: +359 84 660 704, , working hours – 01:00 – 24.00
26. Ruse - Railway agency, advance sales (tickets and sleeping berths for the country and abroad) – 33 “Kniajevska” Str.; tel.: +359 82 834 860; working hours: From Monday to Friday – 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:30;
- railway station (advance sales on tickets and sleeping berths for the country) – tel.: +359 82 828 016, working hours – 09:17:30 and 21:00 – 05:00,
- railway station (information) – tel. +359 82 820 222, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
27. Sandansnki - railway station, tel.: +359 746 3 22 35, working hours – 07:30 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 17:30
28. Svilengrad - railway station, tel.: +359 379 7 30 12, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00 and 13:00 – 23:00
29. Svishtov - Railway agency, advance sales – № 2 “Al. Konstantinov” Str., tel.: +359 631 6 40 98, working hours – 08:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 17:00
- railway station (information) – tel. +359 631 604 35, working hours – 04:30 – 19:00
30. Septemvri - railway station – tel.: +359 3561 24 26, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
31. Silistra - railway station – tel.: +359 86 821 813, working hours – 09:00 – 20:30
32. Sliven - railway station – tel.: +359 44 622 614, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
33. Stara Zagora - Railway agency, advance sales - № 7 bul. “Mitropolit M. Kusev”, tel.: +359 42 622 729, working hours – 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:30
- railway station (information) – tel.: +359 42 626 752, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00
34. Haskovo - Railway agency, advance sales (country and abroad) - № 1 pl. “Gradska bolnica” Str., floor. 3, office 8, tel.: +359 38 602 444, working hours – from Monday to Friday – 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:30
- railway station, tel.: +359 38 624 125, working hours – 05:00 – 11:00 and 14:00 – 23:00
35. Shumen - railway station (information), tel.” +359 54 860 155, , working hours – 07:30 – 18:30
- ticket offices – tel.: +359 54 855 349, working hours – 03:00 – 01:00; tel.: +359 54 860 155 (after 18:30)
36. Iambol - - railway station (information), tel.” +359 46 662 626, working hours – 00:00 – 24:00;
- Railway agency, advance sales - № 3 “Rakovski” Str., tel.: +359 46 662 646, working hours – 08:30 – 17:00

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Travel conditions

Transportation of consignments and parcels
Transportation of parcels is carried out on trains that have luggage wagons in their compositions from and to stations open for this activity.

Items of luggage are accepted as parcels with a weight of up to 35 kg, 2 m in length and 1 cub.m. of volume, well packed and with a label placed by the sender on each separate parcel, the label containing: the forwarding and receiving station, signs or numbers of the parcels, the senders and the receivers address.
Not accepted for transportaion are:
parcels with old, unremoved labels and indications, as well as those wrapped in polyethylene only;
parcels containing explosive, self-inflammable, ignitable, poisonous, corrosive, bad-smelling, contagious, radioactive and other similar substances;
The sender is charged for notifying the receiver if the carriage document does not contain an indication "Will appear without notification".
When handing in the parcels, their value must be declared by the sender.
The railway carrier may check the content of the parcels declared. In cases of untrue data, the carrier may refuse to accept the parcels for transportation.
The delivery term of a parcel begins to elapse on the day following its handing in. The term for carriage is one day for parcels without re-loading, and two days for those with re-loading.
The delivery term ceases to elapse when the carriage was discontinued due to reasons beyond the railways or exonerating for them.
Parcels are released against an identity card /letter of attorney/.
Parcels that have arrived are kept free of charge until midnight of the day following the day of notification.
The notification of the client on the arrival of the parcel is made by telephone or a telegram and is paid by him.
Parcels are kept in specialized premises free of charge for up to 24 hours after the notification. After that they are charged 1 lev each per parcel and per day begun for the first 5 days, and 2 levs each for every following day.

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