Bansko travel guide

Bansko Tourism | Bansko Guide

You're Going to Love Bansko

With a population of 9,232, Bansko is a must-see destination in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. We recommend you stay at least 100 days in order to fully appreciate everything Bansko has to offer.

When to visit Bansko

Bansko in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bansko in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bansko in July, when the average temperature is 22 °C, and the highest can go up to 27 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -5 °C, with an average temperature of -1 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 42 mm. In contrast, August is usually the driest month of the year in Bansko, with an average rainfall of 19 mm.

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How to Get to Bansko


Although Bansko doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Sofia Airport (SOF), which is located 95 km from Bansko. The shortest flight to Bansko from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 36h.


AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Bansko.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bansko, including Karat-S, Union Ivkoni and Bus. From Thessaloniki, the bus ride to Bansko takes 475 km and will cost you around $36. From Burgas, the ticket costs about $54 for a journey of 494 km.

Airports near Bansko

Airlines serving Bansko

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,733 reviews)
Air France
Good (633 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,698 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Ethiopian Air
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Where to stay in Bansko

From 5-star hotels such as the Premier Luxury Mountain Resort to great affordable options like the Rahoff hotel, Bansko offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $86 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $272 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bansko

Most booked hotels in Bansko

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
Grand Royale Apartment Complex & Spa
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Saint George Palace
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Green Life Resort Bansko
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Premier Luxury Mountain Resort
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)

Hiring a car in Bansko

Expect to pay $2.28 per litre in Bansko (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $27.32 and $36.42.