The Rhodope narrow-gauge in the top 10 of the best train journey

The Rhodope narrow-gauge in the top 10 of the best train journey

Here you are one good reason for national pride for all bulgarians. The Rhodope narrow-gauge is included in the Top 10 best train travel in Europe of the prestigious British newspaper The Guardian.  It is also getting one more recognition – the most scenic train journey on the Old Continent according to the readers.

If you have not yet travelled on the this line – Septemvri-Dobrinishte, Bulgaria, which is the only working narrow-gauge line in Bulgaria, you have to do it. The distance between the stations is 125 km and it takes about 5 hours at an average speed of 25 km/h. The slow travelling gives you the way to enjoy the magical nature. The railway pass through 3 mountains, 2 valleys and 6 rivers.

Narrow gauge in Bulgaria

“Time moves slow on the Septemvri-Dobrinishte railway in south-west Bulgaria (150km south of Sofia). Two weeks into a fairly austere trip in the Balkans, we found ourselves whisked away by the slow, narrow-gauge train that connects the Upper Thracian Plain with the Rhodopes, Rila and Pirin mountains, winding its way through narrow gorges and idyllic river valleys for five hours. The line features suited station-masters ushering families into the spartan carriage: it was a rare treat to stand in the open-air passages between them. We stopped for the night in the spas of Velingrad (2½ hours from Septemvri), imagining ourselves as extras in a Wes Anderson rip-off, before continuing on to Razlog”, The Guardian.

  • Tickets (€9) bought at stations, not available online, bdz.bg

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