Getting There & Getting Around

FairPlay International offers day trips to Melnik from Sofia for 49€ ($62), 180€ ($229) with your own car and driver/guide; both prices include lunch. Surprise Tours offers a car and driver for 80€ ($102). Intersport arranges day trips to Melnik and Rozhen from Bansko for 30€ ($38), lunch included; the same company also offers a 2-day guided walk from Bansko to Melnik, with an overnight stop and dinner on the Tevnoto Lake, the highest in Pirin; the price is 50€ ($64) all inclusive. Melnik is not connected by train, and if you travel by public bus you will need to change in Sandanski, a potentially difficult enterprise when drivers and most passengers are unlikely to speak English. Note that Melnik has no information bureau, ATM, or bank, so be sure you have enough cash before you leave your last destination or make a withdrawal in Sandanski, the last big town before Melnik.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.