Second circular

Dear colleagues,

Registration is open for the Vth International Congress on Biodiversity: „Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity“, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 11 October to 13 October, 2019.

Detailed information for the online registration, abstract submission, and Congress fee and accommodation payment is available on the website of the Congress: https://biodiversity-congress.eu

In this circular we provide some additional information about the traveling, accommodation, and post-meeting excursion.

 

Traveling in Sofia:

  • By public transport

For the schedules of the public transport (busses, trams, trolleys, and subway) you could check the Virtual tables, searching by line number at the following site:  https://www.sofiatraffic.bg/en/transport/virtual-tables-by-line.

From the airport to the Congress hotel (Hotel of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, address: 50 Shipchenski Prohod Street, 1113 Sofia): You have to take bus № 84 or 184.

You have to take it in front of the airport terminal and get off at the bus stop “zh.k. Iztok” (Ж.К. ИЗТОК) (at Tsarigratsko shose bul.), then walk 12–15 min and you will reach the hotel.

From the Congress hotel to the center of Sofia: You have to take buses: 184; 280 or 84 and trolleys:  4; 5; 8 or 11  and get off at the bus stops “Sofia University” or “General Gurko” then by foot in ~5 min you will reach the central part of the city.

If you use the public transport you have to buy tickets. The price of the one-way ticket is 1.60 BGN. You can buy tickets from special cabins situated at the most stops or from the drivers. This type of tickets must be perforated inside the vehicle. In trams and trolleys you could also buy tickets from devices inside by exact sum of coins. For the subway you can buy tickets at the stations.

  • By taxy:

We recommend to take „OK супертранс“ (OK Supertrans) taxies. The most secure way from the airport is to locate the desk with the assistant; or you could take it from outside the airport but you have to look for one with the exact name. Here is also the link if you like to call online a taxi: https://www.oktaxi.net/onlineorder_en.php. Generally, the price is about 0.70 BGN initial charge, 0.80 BGN during the day and 0.90 BGN during the night per km.

You will need cash to pay. It is possible that in the taxi you could pay in euro.

 

Getting around:

For members of EU countries, remember that you can still use your local mobile phone and data plan. If you do not want to / cannot use mobile data, for the users of Android mobile devices, we can suggest you download the free app “OsmAnd — Offline Travel Maps & Navigation” and then download through the application the map for Bulgaria. It allows looking for and routing to specific addresses or points of interest such as tourist attractions, ATMs, museums, restaurants, etc.

 

Money:

In many places in Sofia it may not be possible to pay with a card. You can withdraw cash from ATMs located in many places around the city or at the desk at any bank. Also, special locations exist to exchange between currencies. 1 EUR is ≈ 1.95 BGN.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Hotel Dom na Uchenia).

Address: 50 Shipchenski Prohod Street, 1113 Sofia. Situated at Campus 1 of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/bg/dom-na-ucheniya-ban.en-gb.html

The Congress will be held mainly in that hotel. We recommend you get an accommodation there as the location makes it highly convenient while providing comfort at a reasonable price; if you choose to do so the booking will be made through our registration form on the website of the Congress. However, please keep in mind that the number of rooms is limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

Other accommodation options in the surrounding are also available, but it is up to you to manage your stay:

Hotel Kibella

Address: 26, Alexander von Humboldt Street, 1113 Sofia

http://www.hotelkibella.com/

At walking distance from the venue (15 min).

 

Hotel Rotasar

Address: Liditze Street and Kosta Lulchev Street, 1113 Sofia

http://www.rotasar.com/

At walking distance from the venue (15 min).

 

Hotel Rai

Address: 6 Akademik Nikola Obreshkov Street, 1113 Sofia

www.hotel-rai.com

At walking distance from the venue (10 min).

 

Best Western Europe Hotel

Address: 1 Liditze Street, 1113 Sofia

https://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/hotels/best_western_europe_hotel.html

At walking distance from the venue (15 min). More luxury and more expensive option than those mentioned above it.

 

Park Hotel Moskva

Address: 25 Nezabravka Street, 1113 Sofia

https://www.parkhotelmoskva.net/?lang=en

At walking distance from the venue (30 min). The most luxurious option in the neighborhood. Close to the Joliot-Curie Metro Station (direct connection to the Sofia Airport).

 

Post-meeting excursion:

The post-meeting excursion will be in the Natural Park Vitosha, near Sofia (https://park-vitosha.org/).  Duration: 4 hours (packaged lunch is included). The travel will be by bus from the Congress hotel to the Aleko hut (altitude 1810 m) situated at the northern foothills of Malak Rezen Peak (2191 m).

In case you would like to join us for the post-meeting half day excursion, indicate this in the registration form.