Rila Monastery 

Shared shuttle from € 18.99 per person / two-way

and join the FREE walking tour of Sofia in the morning

What is included:

  • Shared transfer, two-way
  • Professional driver
  • Transportation with airconditioned vehicle

What is NOT included:

  • Entrance fees (optional)
    Rila monastery museum :  €4 per person
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Guiding services

0.99€ per person*

*0.99€ booking fee

0.99€ per person* 

*0.99€ booking fee

For Rila monastery only: trip with short hike to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski for 0.10€ per person*

*0.99€ booking fee

No credit card required. Our prices change depending on the travel date and capcacity. Secure the current price now.

 Travelling with a bigger group, 8+ people? Contact us for a quote. 


Optional: in the morning join the Free Sofia Walking Tour starting at 10:00 am and finishing around 12:00 near the shuttle bus starting point. No reservation for this tour is required: just show up. Click here for more info

12:30 pm
 : departure from
 Sofia city centre - behind St. Alexander Nevski cathedral.

If you have booked hotel pick-up (€ 1,98 per person) - your exact pick-up time will be advised by e-mail no later than 24 hours before your travel date.

14:30 pm : arrival at the Rila Monastery

Free time to explore the site and surrounding area until 18:00 pm

There are several dining options in the area as well as an old bakery and small snack shop


Optional trip to St. John's cave (€ 1,09 per person)

16:45 pm - your driver will collect you from the meeting point.
He will then take you few kilometers further up the mountain to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), the founder of the monastery. A 25 min walk (each way) on a pilgrimage forest path will take you to the cave where Bulgaria's most praised Saint has lived. Comfortable walking shoes and basic hiking abilities are required (rocky/slippery surface).

You can also visit the small chapel next to the cave, if open (free of charge).


18:00 pm : departure from the Rila Monastery in direction to Sofia city. About 2 hours journey to Sofia


20:00 pm : arrival in Sofia city. Drop off at St. Alexander Nevski square in Sofia city centre*

Drop off at your hotel (or other type of accommodation) in Sofia is possible for additional € 1,98 per person.

No credit card required. Our prices change depending on the travel date and capcacity. Secure the current price now.

Before you go


The Rila Monastery is a holy place for Bulgarians and Orthodox Christians. 

Please visit the site with the due respect - talk quietly in the monastery yard and inside the churches. Shouting  and smoking are not allowed. Photos are allowed in the yard but not in the church. 

Please dress up accordingly: high heels, short skirts and trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery.

The Rila Monastery is located high in the Rila National Park, so consider taking warmer clothes even in summer and comfortable walking shoes.