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 one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 27 days in order to fully appreciate everything Bansko has to offer.

When to visit Bansko

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

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bansko in July, when the average temperature is 71.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 80.6 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 23 °F, with an average temperature of 30.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 1.7″. In contrast, August is usually the driest month of the year in Bansko, with an average rainfall of 0.7″.

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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 the United States departs from New York and takes around 12h 30m.


Another option to get to Bansko is to pick up a car rental from Sofia, which is about 96 km from Bansko. You’ll find branches of MEXRENTACAR and SURPRICE CAR RENTAL , among others, in Sofia.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bansko, including Bus, Union Ivkoni and FlixBus. From Thessaloniki, the bus ride to Bansko takes 555 km and will cost you around $20. From Varna, the ticket costs about $34 for a journey of 604 km.

Airports near Bansko

Airlines serving Bansko

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
Good (354 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
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British Airways
Good (1,116 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (947 reviews)
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Austrian Airlines
Good (241 reviews)
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (377 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (221 reviews)
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Where to stay in Bansko

From 5-star hotels such as the Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax to great affordable options like the Rahoff, Bansko offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $54 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $100 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bansko

Most booked hotels in Bansko

Katarino Spa Hotel
Excellent (9.5, 1254 reviews)
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena
Excellent (9.3, 1824 reviews)
Hot Springs Medical and Spa Hotel
Excellent (9.2, 4066 reviews)
Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax
Excellent (9.1, 1274 reviews)
Villa Victoria Thermal Spa
Excellent (8.9, 125 reviews)
Guest House Raffe
Excellent (9, 58 reviews)
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Renting a car in Bansko

Renting a car in Bansko costs $97 per day, on average, or $2,624 if you want to rent if for 27 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 79% more expensive than at Sofia.

Expect to pay $5.56 per gallon in Bansko (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $66.77 and $89.03.