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bansko transport

A new airport, new motorway, tunnels and bridges. It is amazing how much Bansko transfers have improved in the last 5 years. Under two hours of smooth motorway driving. 2014 saw the opening of a huge new section of motorway between Bansko and Sofia and it looks like another section will open early in 2015.

Ski Touring in Pirin

Ski Touring in Pirin

We have been working with our team of drivers for 11 years now, reliable and friendly, careful and professional. Everything you could ask for. George and his team have some of the nicest vehicles from small people carriers for the 2 or 3 of you to luxury coaches for groups of up to 50 people! Local people who care about our town and care about your stay here.

Pirin Balloons

Our professional drivers from can meet any flight from any airport. We have picked people up from the Turkish border, Skopia, Thessoloniki as well as Plovdiv and Sofia airports. Nothing is too much trouble and the journey always comfortable.

For more info about getting to Bansko and Bansko transfers please contact us:-

We can arrange private transfers to and from Bansko/Sofia for*:-

bansko-transfers1 to 3 people…………….€70

4 to 6 people…………….€85

6 to 8 people…………….€100

8 to 14 people…………..€210

14 to 18 people………….€260

 Please check for current prices and information with George

Mobile +359 898 455 355

* prices shown are for comparative purposes only current rates must be confirmed with direct

Avalon fire

Can we hire boots, skis, helmets etc quite easily? Yes, we use
Could you arrange a transfer from Sofia airport? Yes, we use www.bansko
Is Bansko a great place for children to learn to ski- ski schools etc? Yes, there is a large amount of beginners areas and instructors are reasonably priced and very good!
How much would lift passes cost? Prices vary every year but this year they are about 65lv per day please check out out link for deals
Is it easy to get to the gondola from the hotel? Yes, we have a  free shuttle bus from the hotel to the gondola station in the mornings.
Are there options for lunch up on the slopes? There are many restaurants on the hill for most tastes, from the VIP to budget,  if you prefer a packed lunch try
Will we have to go to the ski hire shop everyday or do we keep them and can we store them at your hotel? We do have a huge ski locker here at the hotel but most of our guests chose to leave their kit at the ski shop and collect it every morning
Does your room price also include breakfast? Yes and afternoon tea with soup and cake from 4 to 6 most days.
Would credit card details be enough to secure a booking or should we send you a bank transfer? Yes it would, please ring reception to pay a deposit , 00359 74988399

Getting There

Bansko is situated 170 km from the international airport of Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia.
Transfer time is approximately 2.5 hours



Ski Information 
The ski season in Bansko starts on the 18th of December and runs through to the 18th of April each year.

We have worked with the team at Ski Mania for nine seasons now and they are great! Offer some of the best service and equipment in the valley.

Bansko is predominantly a family resort with a good spread of pistes for beginners and 2 or 3 challenging slopes. However for the super advanced there is some awesome backcountry skiing. I have skied most of the faces and gullies on Todorka and can promise an epic ride. All the usual caveats apply as obviously backcountry skiing is a dangerous passtime. Have the right gear, experience and info. The best people to speak to are George and his team at Freemountains

Typically a weekly ski pass will cost 190 euros and ski/board rental costs around 15 euros a day. Ski lessons can be arranged for 15 euros an hour for groups and 20 euros an hour for private lessons. Please note it’s possible to buy cheap ski passes on line however these passes do not include insurance cover on the mountain and you will be required to pay an excess on your holiday insurance if you have an accident. I recommend you buy your ski passes direct from the lift company.


Summer Information


Mountain biking in Bansko, Avalon has been the main force behind mountain biking in Pirin for the last 6 years. We have created over 196km of cross country trails and built a dirt jump park in the main town park. If you want to hire a bike or need a guide we have local partners who can help. Guides can be arranged for groups from 50 lev per day and good quality bikes can be hired for 20 lev per day. On the last weekend of July we organise a rally called The Road to Nowhere for more info about mountain biking in Pirin, maps, trails or the race try

Hiking In Bansko, I have been a keen hiker all my life. with many years spent in the Alps, Himalaya and Hindu Kush. Pirin is a fantastic range for all types of trekking, a gentle potter up to alpine lakes or full scale assents of good granite faces. We have guides for all levels of ability also from 50 lev per day.

Horse riding in Bansko I have been out with most of the stables in the valley and the horse riding here is fantastic. On the Rila side of the valley there are three good bases for high mountain horse riding. In the valley there are two more good stables that cater for beginners and for meadow riding. Bulgarian horses are smaller, much tougher and more shore footed than the average British horse. Do not be surprised if you find yourself going up and down much steeper slopes than you would ever dream of in the U.K.

Golf In Bansko Pirin golf and country club is the foremost golf course in the Balkans with an exceptional club house and restaurant. The Pirin mountains make for an awesome backdrop. Keep an eye on their site for special offers and open competitions.


Transport can be arranged for you and/or your bikes to all road heads in Pirin.


Currency Information

The Currency in Bulgaria is the Leva, you will get a good rate of exchange from cash machines. You can change Sterling and Euros easily in town. Travelers cheques are not so popular but there are one or two banks in town that will change them for you.

British Embassy
9 Moskovska Str., Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: 00359 (0) 2 933 9222 (Embassy Switchboard)
Tel: 00359 (0) 2 933 9290 (Visa & Consular Section Switchboard)