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Location

Drachenwald Summer Coronation 2018 will be held on the campus of the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad, which is 100 km from the Sofia International Airport. (  http://www.sofia-airport.bg/en/passengers )

It is a University Campus, all buildings are modern and completed within the last 15 years, complete with air conditioning! We can accommodate up to 350 people in twin and triple rooms with private baths, in one self-contained residence hall.

Public transportation options

The Sofia Metro runs directly from the airport to the central train and bus stations.

From Terminal 2, you can take the Metro to the central train or bus station and take a bus or train to Blagoevgrad. The metro and the stations have signage in both Bulgarian and English and are simple to use. There is a free shuttle bus between Terminals 1 and 2, which is clearly marked.  Travel with taxis in Sofia should be done with caution. Drivers are notorious for over-charging foreign clients. Private airport pickups can be arranged for 80 leva per vehicle (accommodating 3 passengers) Please contact the event steward for details. 

By Bus
Sofia Bus Station: http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/
When you arrive at the Blagoevgrad bus station, you can take a taxi to site for 2-3 leva (approximately 1.5 Euro).

By Train
Sofia Train station: http://www.bdz.bg/en/
Destinayion:Blagoevgrad train station
When you arrive at the Blagoevgrad train station, you can take a taxi to site for 2-3 leva (approximately 1.5 Euro).

By car

Rental cars are readily available at the airport and the highway from Sofia to Blagoevgrad is new and all signage is in both Bulgarian and English. The site is on the E-79 motorway. City roads are excellent. There is car parking available at the residence hall.

Driving Directions To Skaptopara Campus:
Coming from the North (Sofia):

  • Take the first exit toward Blagoevgrad
  • Make a slight left onto Ivan Mihaylov Street. Drive for about 450 m. 
  • Make a slight right onto Sveti Dimitar Solunski Bulevard and drive for about  1.2 km
  • Turn left on Vasil Levski Bulevard.
  • Turn right onto James Baucher Street.
  • After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Svoboda Bachvarova Street.
  • Skaptopara Campus is on the right. Drive past the three residents halls and park by Panitza Library (4th building) or ABF Student Center (5th building).

Coming from the South (Greece):

  • From E-79, take the first exit towards Blagoevgrad
  • Merge onto Sveti Dimitar Solunski Bulevard. Drive for about 750 km.
  • Carry onto Sveti Dimitar Solunski Bulevard as it curves to the left. 
  • Turn right onto Vasil Levski Bulevard 
  • Turn right onto James Baucher Street.
  • After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Svoboda Bachvarova Street.
  • Skaptopara Campus is on the right. Drive past the three residents halls and park by Panitza Library (4th building) or ABF Student Center (5th building).

Airport pickups

Airport pickups can also be arranged for groups of up to 8 people, using University vans. The cost for a pickup is by van, not by person.