Pick-up from your hotel!
The most efficient way to visit the Rila Monastery is by taking a Private car or van.
There is an initiative of Gotobulgaria for a shuttle that would take you to the UNESCO World heritage site in more comfortable way compared with public transport. Definitely worth it if you are here for a short period of time.

09:00 h
 – Pick up from your hotel. You will be given a printed material with historical facts and a map of the site pointing out the places you could see in Rila Monastery.
11:00h – Arrive at Rila Monastery and free time to explore by your own or hire a Local Tour Guide on spot
13:30h or up to you. – Departure to Sofia

15:30h – End of service in front of Alexander Nevski Church

Group size: Most of the time the transport runs as a small group – up to 4 passengers. That’s why sometimes we have full capacity very quickly. If there is no availability you will receive an email after filling up the booking form reconfirming or informing about the possibilities.

*If you want to visit the cave of St. John of Rila, which is 4 km after the monastery and it is like 20 min walking in the mountain and forest, there is an additional fee of 5 Euro per/person extra. 


  • 1 passenger-€38.50
  • 2 passengers-€19.90 per person
  • 3 passengers-€18.90 per person
  • 4-8 passengers-€17.90 per person