Rila Monastery

Self-guided day trip from Sofia

Price per person / shared shuttle / two-way

What is included:

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

What is NOT included:

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



12:00 am : departure from Sofia city centre

Meeting point is at the car parking at Knyaz Alexander I square. 

In front of the former Royal Palace (The Palace: National Art Gallery).

Nearest metro station is Serdika.


14:15 h : arrival at the Rila Monastery

Free time to explore the site and surrounding area until 16:00 h.

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


16:30 h : departure from the Rila Monastery in direction to Sofia city. About 2 hours journey to Sofia


18:30 h : arrival in Sofia city. Drop off at St. Alexander Nevski square in Sofia city centre

Need hotel pick-up/drop off?

Order a reliable taxi service  to the meeting point via the local taxi mobile app TaxiMe (similar to Uber) - available in English for Android and iOS. Get discount from the first ride with promo code: hqx499. 

Or ask at the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you.

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.