Public buses in Sofia

The Sofia public bus system (Bulgarian: Автобусен транспорт София) forms part of the public transport network of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.

Sofia Public bus system
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Public transport buses in Sofia, 2019.
Overview
OwnerCapital municipality
LocaleSofia, Bulgaria
Transit typeBus
Number of lines92[1]
Operation
Began operation20 April 1935
Operator(s)Sofia Public Bus Transport Company JSC, Sofia Public Electrical Transport Company JSC and two private operators
Technical
System length2,380 km (1,478.9 mi)[2]

In operation since 1935, the system presently comprises 92 routes.

HistoryEdit

The public bus transport in Sofia developed relatively late compared to the other types of transport in the city. The first operational line was opened on 20 April 1935. Soon after that six more lines were opened, bringing the total network length to 23 km.[2]

During the communist era, the bus fleet consisted mainly of Ikarus and Bulgarian-made Chavdar buses. After the political changes in 1989, however, the fleet has gradually been modernised.

LinesEdit

As of November 2020, the following bus lines in Sofia are in service:

Line Route Garage
1 Geo Milev Bus Terminal — Kokalyansko hanche // Kokalyane village Malashevtsi
3 Geo Milev Bus Terminal — Dolni Pasarel village Malashevtsi
4 Mladost 1 — Kokalyansko hanche Drujba
5 Geo Milev Bus Terminal — Dolni Lozen village Malashevtsi
6 Geo Milev Bus Terminal — German village Malashevtsi
7 Iskar train station - (BRC) - Gorni Lozen village Drujba
8 German village - Krivina village Drujba
10 Busmantsi village — Dimitar Milenkov Drujba
11 Geo Milev Bus Terminal — Ovcha Kupel 2 Zemlyane
12 Iztok Bus Terminal - Dolni Bogrov village MTK Group
14 Iskar train station - Iskar car depot Drujba
18 Orlandovtsi Bus Terminal - Chepintsi village MTK Group
20 Lions' Bridge Square - Lokorsko village MTK Group
21 Central Railway Station - Voynegovtsi village MTK Group
22 Central Railway Station - Podgumer village MTK Group
23 Orlandovtsi bus terminal - Kurilo train station Malashevtsi
24 Orlandovtsi bus terminal - Benkovski MTK Group
25 Iliyantsi bus terminal — Mirovyane village MTK Group
26 Obelya - Gnilyane village Malashevtsi
27 Knyaginya Maria Luiza Metro Station - Katina village MTK Group
28 Lokorsko village - (Podgumer village) - Mramor Malashevtsi
29 Iliyantsi bus terminal - Balsha MTK Group
30 Obelya - Balsha MTK Group
31 Obelya - Golyanovtsi village MTK Group
42 Lyulin 8 - Bankya bus station Zemlyane
44 Bankya bus station - Gradoman village // Verdikal village // Ivanyane village Zemlyane
44Б Slivnitsa Metro Station -Bankya bus station Zemlyane
45 Ovcha Kupel - Vardar Metro Station Zemlyane
47 Slivnitsa Metro Station - Gradoman village Zemlyane
48 Slivnitsa Metro Station - Mihaylovo village Zemlyane
49 Slivnitsa Metro Station - Klisura Zemlyane
54 Slivnitsa Metro Station - Kalotina road junction Zemlyane
56 Vardar Metro Station - Malo Buchino village Zemlyane
59 Knyazhevo - Tolumska village // Marchaevo village Zemlyane
60 Central Railway Station - Ovcha Kupel dstr. Zemlyane
63 Tsar Boris III blvd. - Byalata cheshma str. Zemlyane
64 Sofia Zoo - Centre of hygiene Zemlyane
65 Sofia Zoo - Manastirski livadi Zemlyane
67 Divinity school - Simeonovo Zemlyane
69 National Oncology hospital - Tsareva neighborhood Drujba
70 National Oncology hospital - Plana village Drujba
72 Pliska hotel - Zapaden Park Malashevtsi
73 Ovcha Kupel 2. - Gotse Delchev Zemlyane
74 Central Railway Station - Gotse Delchev Malashevtsi
75 Geo Milev bus terminal - Eagles' Bridge Drujba
76 Mladost 4 - Gotse Delchev Drujba
77 Central Railway Station - Zapaden Park Zemlyane
78 Central Railway Station - Vrazhdebna Malashevtsi
79 Hristo Botev - DIP Stind Malashevtsi
81 Obelya Railway Station - Ivanyane village MTK Group
82 Central Railway Station - Lyulin 5 Malashevtsi
83 Sofia Zoo - Hyundai Bulgaria Zemlyane
85 Stefan Karadzha - Vrabnitsa 2 Malashevtsi
86 Svoboda - Malashevtsi MTK Group
88 Sofia Zoo - Druzhba 2 Drujba
90 Malashevtsi - Buhovo town MTK Group
93 Sofia Zoo - Simeonovo Gondola lift Zemlyane
94 Sofia University - Student's town Malashevtsi
98 Sofia Zoo - Zheleznitsa village Zemlyane
100 Benkovski - Road Building Equipment Malashevtsi
101 Central Railway Station - Fondovi zhilishta Malashevtsi
102 Ovcha Kupel 2 - Student's town Zemlyane
103 Ovcha Kupel bus terminal - Bonsovi polyani Zemlyane
107 Boyana Church - Karpuzitsa Zemlyane
108 Lyulin 5 - Hyundai Bulgaria Zemlyane
111 Mladost 1 - Lyulin 1,2 Zemlyane
113 Mladost 1 - Mladost 4 Drujba
117 Iztok bus terminal - Buhovo town MTK Group
118 Iztok bus terminal - Zhelyava village MTK Group
119 Iztok bus terminal - Kremikovtsi Steel Complex // Botunets village MTK Group
120 Sofia Zoo - Levski G Malashevtsi
122 Sofia Zoo - Simeonovo Gondola lift Zemlyane
150 Obelya 1 - Voluyak village - centre // Fruit store Malashevtsi
204 Druzhba 2 - Gotse Delchev Drujba
213 Central Railway Station - Mladost 4 Drujba
260 Gorna Banya - Prague blvd. Eridantrans
280 Student's town - Sofia University Malashevtsi
285 Stefan Karadzha - Vrabnitsa 2 Malashevtsi
294 Student's town - G.M.Dimitrov Metro Station Malashevtsi
304 National Historic Museum - Drujba 2 Zemlyane
305 Central Railway Station - "Peyfil" culinary factory Drujba
310 Lyulin 5 - Stochna gara square Malashevtsi
314 Mladost 1 - Bistrica village Drujba
384 Sofia Airport Terminal 2 - Druzhba 2 Drujba
404 Central Railway Station - Druzhba bus depot Drujba
413 Central Railway Station - Technopolis Mladost 4 Drujba
505 Eagles' Bridge - Vrana park (Weekend, Special Days) Malashevtsi
604 Iskar railway station - Pirogov hospital Drujba
Electric bus lines
9 Iskar autobase - Gen. Gurko str. Drujba
309 Lyulin 1,2 - Iliyantsi Blvd. underpass Malashevtsi
E84 Sofia Airport Terminal 2 - Terminal 1 - Gen. Gurko str. Iskar trolleybus depot
E123 Geo Milev Bus Terminal - Simeonovo Gondola Lift Iskar trolleybus depot
E184 Sofia Airport Terminal 1 - Terminal 2 - Gen. Gurko str. Iskar trolleybus depot
Night bus lines (temporarily suspended)
N1 Lyulin 1 - Mladost 4 Malashevtsi
N2 Obelya - Student's town Malashevtsi
N3 Ovcha Kupel 2 - Iztok bus terminal Zemlyane
N4 Gotse Delchev - Druzhba 2 Drujba

FleetEdit

Stolichen AvtotransportEdit

Quantity Manufacturer Type Photo
60 BMC Procity CNG  
132 Yutong ZK6126HGA  
20 Yutong E12LF  
186 MAN Lion´s City G CNG  
15 Mercedes-Benz Intouro ME  
35 Mercedes-Benz Conecto LF  
48 BMC Belde 220-SLF  
30 Mercedes-Benz O345 Conecto  
49 Mercedes-Benz O345 Conecto G  
3 Mercedes-Benz O345S  
8 Mercedes-Benz O345G  
26 MAN SG262  
2 MAN SL232

Heritage fleetEdit

Built Manufacturer Type Photo
1983 MAN SD200
1988 Ikarus 280  
1996 Chavdar 141  

Stolichen ElektrotransportEdit

Quantity Manufacturer Type Photo
15 Higer KLQ6125GEV3 Chariot Ebus

MTK GroupEdit

Quantity Manufacturer Type Photo
66 BMC Procity CNG  

EridantransEdit

Quantity Manufacturer Type Photo
11 Mercedes-Benz O405N/2
4 Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
1 Tezeller Tezauto LF 280

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] - Bus, Trolleybus and tram routes in Sofia
  2. ^ a b History of the bus transport in Sofia