Bulgaria - General Information
- 1 Country Name
- 2 National railway system
- 3 Language
- 4 Currency
- 5 UIC code
- 6 Timetable
- 7 Maps
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 Other Railways
- 10 Tourist Lines
- 11 Metro
- 12 Trams
- 13 Recent and future changes
- 14 Special Notes
- 15 See also
National railway system
National Railway Operator
Bulgarian State Railways - Bulgarski Darshavni Železnici (http://www.bdz.bg/en BDŽ), Български държавни железници (БДЖ).
Bulgarian, using Cyrillic script.
Lev (Lv, дв); 100 stotinki = 1 Lv
numeric 52; alpha BG
PDF timetables for internal Bulgarian services have not been found on the https://www.bdz.bg/en website since 2016 but a 2019/2020 version does exist as it can be viewed in the European Rail [ERG] Groups.IO Files section. The website https://www.bdz.bg/en/ has a facility in the middle of the home page to list realtime departures from a limited number of main stations. Bulgarian international services are listed individually on https://www.bdz.bg/en/timetable/category-time-table-international.html Time-table international.
Patevoditel (ПЪТЕВОДИТЕЛ). Includes all internal and international services. Almost completely written in Bulgarian, using Cyrillic script. The timetable map is diagrammatic and still shows a few lines that no longer have a passenger service. This can be very difficult to obtain, but a pocket-sized version "СЪКРАТЕНО РАЗПИСАНИЕ" with reduced detail is more generally available.
- European Railway Atlas: Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by M.G. Ball (1993) (ISBN 0-7110-2072-4)
- European Railway Atlas by M.G. Ball (2008 onwards). Note the transliterations used in these maps to Latin characters do not always correspond with the current BDŽ English station names.
- BDŽ map as per https://www.bdz.bg/bg/info/railway-map.html timetable book
- Maps and Plans - Bulgaria.
- Thorsten Büker's http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_bulgaria.php Map of Bulgaria with enlargements of http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_sofia-area.php Sofia and http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_gorna-orjahovica-area.php Gorna Orjahovica. Note that content is mostly outdated and page is not updated any more
- A map is available on the Infrastructure Authority website (although the English web page shows a link to the map the link does not appear to work)
The National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC), Национална компания "Железопътна инфраструктура" (НКЖИ).
The Network Statement page provides a list of Network Statements for various years, which can be downloaded in sections.
Standard. The BDŽ line from Septemvri to Dobrinishte is 760 mm gauge.
25 kV 50 Hz.
Rule of the road
Can be found in Annex 17 of the network statement.
Plovdiv Children's Railway (60 cm gauge and ~ 1 km in length).
See Sofia Metro.
Recent and future changes
A return service on Saturdays and Sundays between Plovdiv and Edirne (Turkey) started on 1 June 2019. This may be the first daytime working over this border crossing for a very long time.
Dupnica - Bobov Dol closed to passengers with the Decemeber 2017 timetable change. From 25 May 2017 until further notice passengers on regular services between Thessaloniki and Sofia have been taken by bus over the border between Kulata BDŽ and Promachon OSE. This service had been reintroduced from 10 May 2014, reopening the border crossing to passenger traffic. The http://p.bdz.bg/b/u/buk-solun-11251.pdf 2018/19 international timetable shows the weekly, summer only, Bucuresti - Sofia - Thessaloniki train running through without a bus segment from 7 June 2019 to 6 October 2019.
From an unknown date after December 2013 all of the limited table 600 service between Sofia and Pernik via Razmenna is diverted via a new curve to call at and reverse at Pernik-Razpredelitelna. Details when this commenced would be appreciated by the Compilers.
The journey planner contains trains between Kjustendil and Gjueshevo as at June 2014, following 6 months with none being shown.
Two pairs of cross border all station DMU services between Vidin and Craiova in Romania commenced on 10 May 2014 but from the December 2014 timetable change were replaced by a pair of Sofia - Budapest long distance services which called at the main Vidin station to reverse, using a BDZ Class 55 Diesel over the Bridge. This was replaced at the December 2016 timetable change by a CFR operated Vidin and Craiova DMU service which in 2019 is down to one pair a day. The combined road/rail bridge between Calafat and Vidin named the "New Europe Bridge", was ceremonially opened to traffic on 14 June 2013.
Much of the network is electrified, and more electrification is in progress. Electrification between Svilengrad and the border with Turkey was inaugurated on 9 May 2013, completing an electric route between the Serbian border and Istanbul.
The section of table 331 between Kremikovci and Jana via Obedinena lost its passenger service at the end of the 2008/2009 timetable period.