Connectivity and transport

Here cross four European transport corridors, several airports and ports

The central

Geographical location

The central location of the municipality combined with well-built and maintained road and railway infrastructure favor the development of the municipality of Stara Zagora and the whole region as competitive and attractive to investors.

Here cross four European transport corridors: №8, №4, №9 and №10 and together with the possibility to quickly and conveniently reach several airports: Plovdiv (90 km), Burgas (180 km) and Sofia (250 km) and ports such as Burgas, Ruse and Alexandroupolis define the region as an important strategic center in Europe and the Balkans.


4 Pan-European corridors, connecting Central and Northern Europe through

  • Corridor 4 – Dresden-Bucharest-Sofia-Stara Zagora-Istanbul
  • Corridor 9 – Helsinki-Vyborg-St.Petemburg-Pskov-Gomet-Kiev-Liubashivka-Chișinău-Bucharest-Stara Zagora–Alexandroupolis and Western Europe through
  • Corridor 8 - Durrës-Sofia-Stara Zagora-Varna/ Burgas
  • Corridor 10 -Salzburg–Belgrade-Sofia-Stara Zagora-Istanbul


Transport Distance

Transport distance to other cities

Mars78.3 mln on average48.7 mln on average

Air transport, access to airports

Stara Zagora Municipality has convenient transport access to 3 international airports in Bulgaria. Travel time to Vienna, Athens, Istanbul is just one hour and 30 minutes and to London, Paris, Frankfurt and Hamburg it takes around 3 hours.

Water transport, access to ports

Stara Zagora Municipality has convenient transport access to the following ports:

Trans-european route

Railway Transport

Stara Zagora railway station is an important railway transport point.

Stara Zagora Station Complex serves the Trans-European route of the "main" network - Orient / Eastern Mediterranean Corridor

It is the intersection of three of the main lines in the railway network of the Republic of Bulgaria:

  • Sofia – Plovdiv – Chirpan – Stara Zagora – Nova Zagora – Yambol - Karnobat – Burgas/Varna
  • Ruse – Gorna Oryahovitsa – Stara Zagora – Dimitrovgrad – Podkova
  • Ruse – Gorna Oryahovitsa – Stara Zagora – Dimitrovgrad – Svilengrad

The railway lines are electrified and their total length on the territory of Stara Zagora Municipality is:

  • Single railway lines - 113.45 km
  • Double railway lines - 37.20 km
Stara Zagora railway station
Stara Zagora railway station

The intermodal terminal in Stara Zagora is the oldest one in Bulgaria.

It was established in 1978 and It’s located on the route of the railway line, which directly connects Rotterdam (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium) and Duisburg (Germany) with Istanbul (Halkali terminal) and is the main railway route from the Middle East to Europe and back. At the same time, the terminal is in close proximity (10 km) to Trakia highway, and through it to the 4 international transport corridors passing through Bulgaria and serving the freight traffic.

The terminal provides storage areas for cargo and containers. The wagons are processed by 2 gantry cranes. The capacity of the terminal is 16,000 containers per year, and for intermediate storage - 350 TEU. The services offered by the terminal include: intermodal transport, domestic transport, forwarding, logistics, container storage depot, loading and unloading, security.

Trans-european route

Transport Access

The municipality is a strategic transportation centre in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. The favourable geographical location of Stara Zagora Municipality and the city of Stara Zagora in particular is one of the positive advantages of the municipality and an important factor for its competitiveness.

The existing road and railway transportation network provides good opportunities for trade contacts with countries in Europe and the Middle East.

Transport Access