Sofia Metro: map, description, photos
Metro Sofia was commissioned January 28, 1998years and as of August 31, 2012 Sofia Metro consists of two interconnected lines serving 27 stations, with a route of 31 km in length. Metro connects the city center with densely populated areas: Lyulin - Mladost (Line 1 - red) and Hope - Lozenets (Line 2 - blue).
Subway construction planned in 1960, butuntil the end of the 1990's, the urgent need for underground transport capital of Bulgaria experienced. In addition, the start of work on the implementation of ambitious plans interfere with inadequate funding for the project. Another negative factor in the implementation of the plans is the depth at which, according to the project should undergo construction works. Sofia - the oldest city in Europe and contains many historical layers in the central part. The proof is in the many artifacts found during the construction of Serdika station. Now here you can see the unusual combination of Thracian and Roman ruins and modern architecture.
At the end of the 90's because of the increase in population,every day from the periphery to the center and in the opposite direction of the large passenger flows are generated in Sofia. The need to address environmental issues and problems of the use of effective public transport in the city was the beginning of the construction of the subway in Sofia. After the ratification of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria, the technical and economic reports on the subway and approved by the General Plan, General Lines of the scheme consists of three lines with diametrical expansions in the periphery of a total length of 62 km with 63 underground stations and 1.1 million daily passenger traffic in the final stage implementation of the plan.
In the process of building a huge complexNational Palace of Culture two stations were built in 1982, are part of the future then the line 2 and the connecting tunnels. Construction of the metro system began with the line, which had accounted for the largest volume of passenger traffic. January 28, 1998 after 18 years of construction work Sofia Metro finally opened.
Hours and tickets Sofia Metro
Metro in Sofia is open from 5.00 am till 00.30 at night. Interval of trains during peak hours of 4-5 minutes, other times up to 15 minutes. Prices for tickets in the subway and other public transport are the same. Maps on the subway can be purchased at ticket offices and machines in the lobbies of stations.