Bulgaria - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable period 11 December 2022 to 9 December 2023 unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations used are explained in the General Information document. Trains running only certain days of the week are shown using ISO 8601 weekday numbers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_week_date )

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova) by M.G. Ball. Note the transliterations used in these maps to Latin characters do not always correspond with the current BDŽ English station names.

Obscure services

Mezdra Avoiding Line: Mezdra-Jug – Ruska Bjala

[200, 700] (ERA-E 110B3; ERA-R 243C2) BG23/1

This route is used by fast trains between Sofia and Vraca not reversing at Mezdra.

7620 Sofia - 08:50 Zverino - Vidin
7623 Vidin - 15:32 Vraca - Sofia
7625 Vidin - 20:37 Vraca - Sofia

(Plovdiv –) Filipovo – Skutare

[800] (ERA-E 110A3; ERA-R 248B5) BG23/2

Most trains between Plovdiv and Skutare (and onwards to Mihajlovo) run via a shorter, easterly route via Trakija. After a break of several years, some local trains started using the route to the west and north of Plovdiv via Filipovo in the 2021/2022 timetable. The 2022-23 timetable shows the following trains via this route.

Ord 80101 Plovdiv - 05:05 Filipovo - Jambol
Fast 8631 Plovdiv - 07:10 Filipovo - Varna
Ord 80105 Plovdiv - 14:35 Filipovo - Burgas
Ord 80107 Plovdiv - 16:45 Filipovo - Jambol
Ord 80112 Stara Zagora - 09:07 Skutare - Plovdiv
Ord 80100 Jambol - 12:23 Skutare - Plovdiv

(Sofia –) Cherepish – Lyuti brod (– Mezdra)

[200] (ERA-E 110B3, not shown; ERA-R 243C2, not shown) BG23/3

Between Lyuti brod and Cherepish the two tracks are on very different alignments for over a kilometre and are up to 170 metres apart. Indeed for a time the tracks are on opposite sides of the river Iskar.


See Bulgaria - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than three trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday:

100 Dragoman - Dimitrovgrad (Serbia) One train pair daily
102 Svilengrad - Kapıkule (Turkey) One train pair daily
228 (Poveljanovo -) Dobrich - Kardam Two train pairs daily
400 Ruse - Giurgiu Nord (Romania) One train pair daily
401 Dimitrovgrad - Kardzhali Two train pairs daily
500 Kulata - Promachon (Greece) Service currently suspended
600 (Sofia –) Volujak – Razmenna – Pernik-Razpredelitelna (– Pernik) Two train pairs daily
600 Gjueshevo - Kjustendil Two train pairs WSSuO
700 Vidin - Golenti (Romania) One train pair daily

Deletions since previous edition

BG22/3 (Sofia –) Volujak – Razmenna – Pernik-Razpredelitelna (– Pernik) The service is readily identifiable on maps and in table 600. Moved to Other Sparse Services
BG22/4 (Sofia –) Razmenna – Kopanica Diversionary route only, no recorded use since 2017
BG22/6 (Sofia –) Ilijanci – Jana – Stolnik The service is readily identifiable on maps and in table 300. Three services eastbound, four westbound.

See also