Rila Monastery + Boyana church

Private transfer


1-4 person:     € 139  per group (not per person), two-way

4-8 people:      179  per group (not per person), two-way

8+ people:   Contact us for a quote


What is included:

  • Private transfer with A/C vehicle, two-way
  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Sofia
  • Private professional driver
  • Parking fees

What is NOT included:

  • Entrance fees (optional):
    - Boyana church : €5 per person
    - Rila monastery museum : €4 per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Guiding services

Want to travel like a pro?


Add an extra: 

  • professional guides in English at Boyana church and Rila monastery: 15 EUR per group


Add a premium All-inclusive package to your private transfer for €49.99 per person

  • entrance fees for Boyana church and Rila monastery museum
  • professional licensed guides at Boyana church and Rila monastery
  • light lunch with 3 course meal in a restaurant near Rila monastery
  • 1 gift box per person with traditional products from Bulgaria



9:30 am : pick-up from your accommodation in Sofia.

Your driver will collect you from your hotel or other type of accommodation within the city of Sofia.


10:00 am : arrival at Boyana church.

Free time to visit the church.


10:30 am : departure from Boyana church in direction to Rila Monastery.


12:30 pm : arrival at the Rila Monastery

Free time to explore the site and surrounding area until 15:30 pm. 

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


Optionally after arriving at the Monastery, the driver can take you free of charge, few kilometers further up the mountain to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila) the founder of the monastery.

A 15-20 min 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).  

After visiting the cave the Shuttle will take you down at the Rila Monastery for your self-guided tour.


15:30 pm : departure from the Rila Monastery in direction to Sofia city. About 2 hours journey to Sofia.


17:30 pm : arrival in Sofia city. Drop off at your accommodation in Sofia.

Before you go


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

Please talk quietly in the monastery yard and inside the churches. Photos are allowed in the yard but not in the church. No shouting  and smoking please. 
Please dress up accordingly: high heels, short skirts and trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed. 

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