How To Find Us
We provide free transfers from Tryavna and Voneshta Voda Once a Day Tuesday – Thursday. For guests who book through the website we also offer a 5% thank you discount for supporting us by booking directly with us. Head to our pricing page to select your bed preference and read our booking procedure.
If you arrive on another day we can arrange for a taxi to collect you from the bus or train station for about 15lv. 7 euro. It is also possible to get a bus to Gabrovo or Veliko Tarnovo and then a taxi or connecting bus to Tryavna.
The cheapest airlines with regular flights are Wizzair, RyanAir and EasyJet. You can fly to Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv or Sofia. Without a car, Burgas or Plovdiv which is a great stopover option with a scenic mountain train ride to Tryavna. The trains are slow and scenic but very affordable if you are not in a rush this is a great option. Please note on the BDZ train booking system Tryavna is spelt Tryavna you can get tickets at the station or even on the trains.
A rental car is cheap & easy, we recommend TopCarRental or their economy partner, but you can make it as far as Tryavna or Voneshta Voda by bus or train.
Coaches to Tryavna run from Sofia, Gabrovo, Varna, Stara Zagora and Burgas many go via Veliko Tarnovo. There is a bus from Belitsa to Veliko Tarnovo and Tryavna-Gabrovo. Taxis are cheap and we can arrange an airport transfer if needed and are around 120 euro each way.
We highly recommend flying to Plovdiv and staying with the Old Plovdiv Hostel (please mention us) for a night to discover the sites and vibe of Plovdiv with its ancient sites, old town and university vibe. Awarding a European Culture award it’s a perfect stop over from here you can rent a car or take the scenic mountain train to Tryavna via Stara Zagora.
You can also break up the journey with an overnight stop in Veliko Tarnovo. We recommend the Rooster Hostel or Sofia where there are many options.
PLEASE NOTE we are not Belitsa near Bansko regardless of what Google tries to tell you. Use RisingSoul Retreat on google maps or the full address Belitsa 5363, Tryavna, Gabrovo and it will bring you straight to use.
A rental car is cheap & easy, we recommend TopCarRental, but you can make it as far as Tryavna by bus or train. There is a bus from the village to Veliko Tarnovo and Tryavna-Gabrovo. Taxis are cheap and we can arrange an airport transfer if needed.
However, the train or bus is considerably cheaper. Please get in touch for help with travel arrangements and further help if you wish to arrive from other destinations such as Greece, Istanbul & Bucharest which also have ok bus and train routes.
What To Pack
- Shoes to hike in
- Warm scarf, poncho, comfy cardigan for chili evenings
- Wooly hat and gloves if your visiting in Spring or Autumn evenings & mornings can be chilly
- Head torch if you like to camp or walk in the evenings
- Water bottle with a lid
- Insect repellant
- Any meds or special foods you need
- Cash in Bulgarian Lvs for Chai House & Workshops/Extra Classes
Travelling & COVID
Jan 2023 Bulgaria is not currently under any restrictions you are not required to present any COVID related documents. but please be aware that due to the war in Ukraine it is currently an immigration requirement for longer stay guests (over 6 days) to register within 3 days of arrival at the passport office in Tryavna. we will facilitate this for you.
At RisingSoul we are pro freedom of choice, self responsibility and respect that everyone has their own personal circumstances and beliefs regarding our current world situation. We make no judgment whether you vaccinate or not and everyone is welcome. We do kindly ask that you act in the best interests of others and if you have a sickness of any type you delay your arrival until you are happy that you are well enough to be around others.
Of course we can all get sick so you might want to know that private health care is good and not expensive in Bulgaria. Please check your own insurance and rights as a non national in Bulgaria . We have a hospital in Tryavna and good dentists.
Latest COVID Travel Advice
Reopen Europe and the Bulgarian embassy tend to be the best places for recent info.
Bulgaria is not in the Schengen Zone and in most people’s cases non EU visitors can stay three months, this now includes the UK.