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Located amidst the picturesque Rila Mountains, Rila Monastery is a cultural gem and a must-visit destination for travellers exploring Bulgaria. It is not a surprise that it is the most popular day tour on our website is the small group tour to Rila Monastery. It cannot be another way, as the Monastery is the biggest in Bulgaria and a very significant and beautiful site to visit.

If you're wondering how to get there, we've got you covered! Here are the best ways to get to the Rila Monastery:


  1. By Car - Rent a Car from Sofia:

Maybe the easiest way is to rent a car and drive by yourself to the monastery. It is located about 120 km from Sofia and most of the way is driving on a highway. So driving about 1,5 – 2 hours will be enough to reach the final destination. This would not be the cheapest way, of course, but renting a car gives you the flexibility to explore at your own pace.


  1. By Bus:

Regular bus services operate from Sofia to Rila Monastery. Check the schedule at the Sofia West Bus Station for departure times and ticket prices. The journey typically takes around 3 hours, offering a budget-friendly travel option.


  1. By Shuttle Tour: 

Joining a shuttle tour is a hassle-free way to visit Rila Monastery. These tours often include round-trip transportation from Sofia, guided visits to the monastery, and free time for exploration. Our small group day trip includes two UNESCO sites. Along with Rila Monastery, we will visit the Boyana church as well. Our small group tours are guided and you have a professional local guide who will take you around.


  1. By Group Transfer: 

Group transfers are ideal for those travelling with a larger party. Many travel companies and agencies offer group transfer services from Sofia to Rila Monastery. Enjoy the convenience of travelling together with fellow travellers while soaking in the scenery along the route. The shuttle transfers are self guided, and include only transportation.


  1. Private Day Tour: 

For a personalized experience, consider booking a private day tour to Rila Monastery. With a private guide and transportation, you'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary and explore at your own pace. It's a great option for families or couples seeking a tailored travel experience. You can check out our private guided tour to Rila Monastery.


  1. Private Transfer: 

Opting for a private transfer ensures comfort and convenience throughout your journey. Arrange for a private driver to pick you up from your accommodation in Sofia and drive you directly to Rila Monastery. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive without worrying about navigation or parking. You will have your time for self-sightseeing the area around the monastery. Our round-day private transfer is a great value for money, you can choose the pick-up time and our drivers won’t rush.


No matter which transportation option you choose, a visit to Rila Monastery promises an unforgettable experience filled with history, culture, and natural beauty. Plan your trip today and embark on a memorable adventure to this iconic Bulgarian cultural site!