The conference will be hosted by Community cultural centre in Chepelare.

How to get there

Plovdiv is situated in the vicinity of motorway Trakia (A1) that links the city with the capital Sofia.

Travelling by air

From Sofia Airport

Sofia Airport provides daily flights from and to many cities all over the world. Plovdiv is only a 70-minute-drive away from the airport. Sofia Airport provides all services necessary for completing your transfer.

For more information:

At the airport take the subway and get off at the Bus Station.

At the bus station take the bus to Smolyan and get off at Chepelare:

This is the current timetable December 2017 (I can not guarantee that they are valid for September 2018 !!) from Sofia directly to Smolyan:

8.00 am

at 13.00

at 15:00

at 16.00

at 18.00

Otherwise there are other connections by changing in Plovdiv: i.e. by metro firt, then bus from Sofia to Plovdiv and final bus from Plovdiv to Chepelare

From Plovdiv Airport

Plovdiv Airport (Airport Krumovo) is located 10 km from the city.

For more information:

There is a bus every hour leaving from Plovdiv bus station to Smolyan with a stop at Chepelare.

Transfer from Sofia & Plovdiv Airport

You can arrange it through:

Travelling by bus

From Central Bus Station Sofia

There are busses from Sofia & Plovdiv to Smolyan Chepelare  

For more information:

Travelling by train

From Central Railway Station Sofia

You can take both direct express or fast trains travelling from Sofia to Plovdiv

and trains travelling the lines Sofia - Svilengrad and Sofia – Burgas and later take a bus from Plovdiv to Smolyan via Chepelare from Rhodopi Bus Station.

The trip duration is 2,30 hours.

For more information:

Travelling by car in Bulgaria

Highway vignettes Bulgaria


When passing through Bulgaria without vignettes probably can not do, vignette is necessary to possess not only when passing highway sections, but also on some roads 1st-3rd class. The validity of the mark may also be controlled border crossing departure from Bulgaria. Vignettes in Bulgaria are designed for both vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, but also for trucks over 3.5 tonnes and buses. Since the drivers of trucks and vehicles with more than 8 seats according to the official website at border crossings road tax levied even 43-58 euros. In addition to highways and roads are still charged the passage of some bridges and tunnels.

Bulgarian vignette prices for foreign vehicles for 2018


up to 3,5t with max. 8 seats

up to 12t
and vehicles with more than 8 seats
Euro 0, I, II

up to 12t
and vehicles with more than 8 seats
Euro III, IV, V, EEV and higher

trucks over 12t
Euro 0, I, II

trucks over 12t
Euro III, IV, V, EEV and higher

1 day


€ 11,00

€ 11,00

€ 11,00

€ 11,00


€ 8,00

€ 27,00

€ 21,00

€ 45,00

€ 34,00


€ 15,00

€ 54,00

€ 41,00

€ 89,00

€ 69,00


€ 50,00

€ 537,00

€ 413,00

€ 891,00

€ 685,00


Monthly vignette applies the same day of the following month (if the day neexsituje eg. 31 applies to the last day of the month)

Annual vignette is valid from 1.1. to 31.1. next year

Weekly vignette is valid for 7 days including the day of purchase


Information about the signs

§  Toll highway and some roads

§  Links

§  Motorcycles probably for free (no guarantee)

§  Sales at major border crossings



Fees for crossing bridges and ferries

In Bulgaria, in addition to road user charges in the form of toll stickers have collected a fee for crossing some bridges and transport vehicles using the ferry (ferry). These are places at the border crossing with Romania. A list of these segments, including indicative prices for cars up to 3.5 tons (could be transported and trucks) is shown in the table.


Indicative prices for ferries and bridges crossing



vehicles up to 3,5t

vehicles up to 3,5t with trailer

Giurgiu - Ruse (bridge to RO)

for free


€ 6,00

Silistra - Kalarash (ferry to RO)

€ 3,00

€ 7,00

€ 25,00

Vidin - Kalafat (bridge to RO)


€ 6,00

€ 6,00

Oriahovo - Beket (ferry to RO)

€ 3,00

€ 12,00

€ 40,00

Nikopol - Turnu Magurele (ferry to RO)

€ 2,00

€ 12,00

€ 32,00

Svishtov - Zimnicea (ferry BG - RO)

€ 3,00

€ 4,00*

€ 8,00

* price for cars with max. 5 seats

Where to buy Bulgarian vignette?

In Bulgaria, it is possible to highway sticker purchased at most usual places such as border crossings (the list nonstop stores at border crossings can be found at the end of this page) and petrol station (OMV, Petrol, Shell, Lukoil). Stamps can also be purchased online at, but since they are vignettes distributed in the form of classical labels (you must wait for it to arrive), we rather buy 'em at one of the border crossings or at the gas station.


Replacing damaged vignette

In case of damage or theft of the windshield with a valid annual highway signs, vehicle owners have the right to request a duplicate mark. For approval of the application is required with the completed form to add a protocol for damage or theft of the glass, the rest of the damaged highway signs and the second (control) portion of the annual mark.


Exemption from payment for persons with reduced mobility

The official website failed to trace the opportunity to claim a rebate of tolls for those with limited mobility, even for people living in the territory of Bulgaria or foreigners.


Road tax for vehicles with more than 8 seats

If you are going to Bulgaria with a lorry, bus or car, with more than 8 seats, it is likely that you will be the border crossing in addition to payment for the vignette still required fee for road tax of 43-58 euros. For more information on road tax for trucks and vehicles with more than eight seats can be found either in this document or on this website