SOF B2B Meet Up Thread

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Oct 2022
Thu 27 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - onobond
Thu 27 Oct SOF-LHR BA891 - onobond
Sat 29 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - LeeT,
Sat 29 Oct SOF-LHR BA891- LeeT,


Nov 2022
Sat 5 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - stephenjc+1, LeeT, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky, FlyingBrit,
Sat 5 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - LeeT, palcsaky, FlyingBrit
Sun 6 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - palcsaky,

Sun 6 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - stephenjc+1, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky* Plane went Tech in Sofia, Pax overnighting, returning on Mon 7 Nov @ 12.30pm
Tues 8 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - IJG2,
Tues 8 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - IJG2,
Thu 10 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, FlyingBrit, Vahan Hovhannisyan, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 10 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Vahan Hovhannisyan, Lucanesque,
Sat 12 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - jfallesen, 81romeo,
Sat 12 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - 81romeo FlyingBrit,
Sun 13 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Sun 13 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - jfallesen,

Tues 15 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, rosswill,
Tues 15 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, rosswill, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 17 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo,
Thu 17 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo, Lucanesque,
Sat 19 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Vahan Hovhannisyan, ms101, 1A or No Way,
Sat 19 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - Vahan Hovhannisyan,
Sun 20 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Sun 20 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, ms101, 1A or No Way,

Tues 22 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Tues 22 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun,

Wed 23 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, travellingwigbury, rosswill, Jetstreamer, MrCheapSeats,
Wed 23 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, rosswill, Jetstreamer,
Thu 24 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun+1,
Thu 24 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - EGLK FLYER, travellingwigbury,
Sun 27 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 -
Sun 27 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun+1,
Tues 29 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - EGLK FLYER, josh100+1,
Tues 29 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 -

Wed 30 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Jetstreamer, gustavmahler, AtoB,, IJN Harekaze
Wed 30 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, Jetstreamer, josh100+1, gustavmahler, IJN Harekaze


Dec 2022
Thu 1 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Thu 1 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun,

Sun 4 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin,
Sun 4 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin,
Wed 7 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, gustavmahler,
Wed 7 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, gustavmahler, AtoB,
Thu 8 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 8 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- EGLK FLYER,
Tue 13 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Tues 13 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 -
Thurs 15 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 15 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - Lucanesque,
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Old Oct 30, 22, 5:58 pm
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Any reason why sof is so popular as opposed to the other 80tp destinations?
for me it was the cheap price (Ł150-161 per pair of tickets back in July by burning some avios), the availability (when I booked back in July) & the comments on here about how easy a B2B is in Sofia.
…There was also a hope that Sofia would return to T3 (not only the better lounges IMHO, but it’s closer for me) but sadly that never materialised.
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Old Nov 1, 22, 6:02 pm
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I was going to research this, but I thought it easier to ask the experts.

What's the options of getting into the city from the airport?

My wife and I are staying at the Intercontinental this coming weekend.

Taxi, train/tram etc?

Cheers, stephenjc
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Old Nov 1, 22, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
I was going to research this, but I thought it easier to ask the experts.

What's the options of getting into the city from the airport?

My wife and I are staying at the Intercontinental this coming weekend.

Taxi, train/tram etc?

Cheers, stephenjc
Take the Metro from the airport (Exit airport building, walk left to the metro station), buy a single ticket from the ticket machine for the grand total of 70p, take any train 11 stops to Sv. Kliment Ohridski station, should be around 25 minutes, the IC is right outside.
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Old Nov 1, 22, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
I was going to research this, but I thought it easier to ask the experts.

What's the options of getting into the city from the airport?

My wife and I are staying at the Intercontinental this coming weekend.

Taxi, train/tram etc?

Cheers, stephenjc
Honey - the Underground is ridiculously cheap - but you need to understand Cryllic, The stop is University and is a short walk made complicated as there is extensive work taking place outside the hotel. It will not disturh you but you should know. For less than 20 Lev - get a cab

The Interconti is lovely and the breakfasts eliminate need for lunch. See if youj can eat on Saturday at Chef - the food is excellent, The hotel will take care of the booking.
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Old Nov 2, 22, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
The Interconti is lovely and the breakfasts eliminate need for lunch. See if youj can eat on Saturday at Chef - the food is excellent, The hotel will take care of the booking.
Great to hear, also staying at Intercon and I do love a hearty hotel breakfast!

What's the shopping like? I found 2 malls on trip advisor, but are they worth a visit?
Bulgaria Mall & The Mall
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Old Nov 2, 22, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post
Great to hear, also staying at Intercon and I do love a hearty hotel breakfast!

What's the shopping like? I found 2 malls on trip advisor, but are they worth a visit?
Bulgaria Mall & The Mall
Also at the Intercon! Thanks for those, The Mall looks like it is worth a visit
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Also at the Intercon! Thanks for those, The Mall looks like it is worth a visit

Me too...
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Old Nov 2, 22, 1:09 pm
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Also at the Intercon! Thanks for those, The Mall looks like it is worth a visit
Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
Me too...
We're all on the same flight on Saturday, share a cab to the Intercontinental?

Thanks PUCCI GALORE and josh100 for the tips on getting from the airport to the hotel!

I'll take a look at Restaurant Chef for Saturday night!
is this the one? https://chefs-bg.com/
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Great to hear, also staying at Intercon and I do love a hearty hotel breakfast!

What's the shopping like? I found 2 malls on trip advisor, but are they worth a visit?
Bulgaria Mall & The Mall
I really have no idea. I am the hand luggage Queen and as a result really do not shop that much as there is little room. I have only walked around Sofia and always go to St Sophia another little church that I love. When you have breakfast at the Intercontinental - there is a waiter in the dining room who I call the Incredible Hulk, He is a colossus - you cannot miss him, He is absolutely lovely and is absolutely on the ball. The Reception Manager is a blond lady with very short hair and she is absolute mustard. I love the place.
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I'm doing a massive TP run to the west coast starting and ending with b2bs in Sofia. See you onboard on the 10th! My return is on the 19th though. Fingers crossed I can actually check-in for some of the sof-lhr-hel-jfk-clt-sfo segments

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Yet another bus gate. Think I've had one airbridge on all my departing international flights from LHR this year

1F, probably someone from here being a DYKWIA, decided to avoid the groups 1-3 queue and go straight through 4-9 in front of most people. At least they sent him back.

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Old Nov 3, 22, 2:56 am
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
I was going to research this, but I thought it easier to ask the experts.

What's the options of getting into the city from the airport?

My wife and I are staying at the Intercontinental this coming weekend.

Taxi, train/tram etc?

Cheers, stephenjc

Metro from airport to the city (as has been mentioned) is 1.6 lev (70p)
You can also get a 4 lev (Ł2) daily ticket for metro, buses and trams

I did the Military Museum, loads of tanks, guns, rockets, planes (mainly MIGs) and a few floors detailing the military history inside to wander around. Is also in English

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral has golden domes for pics

Next door is a far more interesting, extensively extended over the years St Sofia Church, (as mentioned by PUCCI) . You can pay a nominal fee to visit the several levels of underground Roman crypt

Near the central station Serdica is the Rotunda the oldest building in Sofia, Which is strangely surrounded on all four sides by another building.

But one of the interesting bits for me was Serdica Metro station.
When they were excavating to build it 12 years ago, they just stumbled on Serdica, the old Roman city. This has now been incorporated into part of the station foyer and outside. If you then head East in the foot underpass from the metro, there are remains of many buildings and the Roman road all underground with big black pillars holding up the road. You exit by the Parliament building close to the Rotunda

I found a popular little craft beer tap room called High Five, just off the main pedestrian shopping street. Has a few great local beers, full of friendly locals.

Enjoy

Rotunda

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

St Sophia Crypt

Serdica

Serdica

Serdica Metro

Russian Orthodox Church
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Yet another bus gate. Think I've had one airbridge on all my departing international flights from LHR this year

1F, probably someone from here being a DYKWIA, decided to avoid the groups 1-3 queue and go straight through 4-9 in front of most people. At least they sent him back.
I was meant to be in 1D this morning but opted to skip - so enjoy the empty seat!

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Arrived and turned left out of the doors into the warm sunshine and easily found the Metro station. Found a 10 Lev note on the ground at Manchester a little while ago, so that's covered my 1.60 fare (machine offered me a single trip or 10x trips only, unless I'm missing something?)

Did get approached in arrivals and asked if I wanted a taxi. No idea if legitimate, or the usual overpriced tourist scam?

Few seconds to validate the ticket and the barriers opened.

Very clean snd peaceful station although a train coming in sounded like someone was screaming.
Maps are in the local language in the carriages, but as from the advice earlier, know to get off 11 stops along the line at the University.




Train carriage



Found the IC easily. Took the exit in the direction the train is going. Past the McDonalds, tourist info centre and up the steps. IC is 150m on your left across from some park (look for the casino and building works around a horse statue)



Booked a room with lounge access and got upgraded to an executive room? on the 1st floor. Room is as big as my house!

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Old Nov 3, 22, 9:03 am
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Some excellent tips in this thread for Sofia, really excited to spend a weekend there this month, thanks all.
Glad to hear the rooms are big we booked into an Exec room on a super cheap corp rate although from what I understand the Lounge isn't open in the usual spot but rather done from the same place as breakfast?
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