Rila Monastery + Boyana church

Private transfer


1 person:     85.00 EUR, per person, two-way

2-3 people: 45.00 EUR, per person, two-way

4-8 people: 35.00 EUR, per person, two-way 


Travelling with a bigger group? 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
  • WiFi in the car
  • Bottled water
  • Healthy snack

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 a premium All-inclusive package to your private transfer

  • entrance fees for Boyana church and Rila monastery museum
  • professional licenced guides at Boyana church and Rila monastery
  • lunch with 3 course meal of your choice in a restaurant near Rila monastery
  • gift box with traditional products from Bulgaria

All-inclusive package price:

  • 1 person travelling: 90.00 EUR per person
  • 2 people travelling: 58.00 EUR per person
  • 3 people travelling: 48.00 EUR per person
  • 4 people travelling: 42.00 EUR per person
  • 5 people travelling: 38.00 EUR per person
  • 6 people travelling: 36.00 EUR per person



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 explore the site until 11:00 am.
*Note: entry fee (5 EUR or 10 BGN) is not included.


11:00 am : departure from Boyana church in direction to Rila Monastery.


13:00 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.

*Note: entry fee for the Rila Monastery museum (4 EUR or 10 BGN) is not included.


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.

Booking your Rila Shuttle


Book your private transfer on-line at least 48 hours before your date of travel using the fast & easy  booking form.


Important! For reservations with less than 48 hours notice - please contact us first at to check availability.


Payment in advance is required to make a reservation. The booking form will take you to a PayPal screen for secure credit/debit card payment. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make the payment - just an international credit or debit card.

Payment is 100% refundable if a booking is cancelled up to 3 days prior to the travel date.

We do not accept bookings or payment over the telephone.


Up to 24 hours before travel date you will receive by e-mail your Rila Shuttle voucher with emergency contact number.

Before you go


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

You should dress up accordingly and visit the site with the due respect. 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.