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PostSubject: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:36 am

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Route to Bulgaria from UK.


It is quite an easy route, but a very long 2½ days for me. With 2 nights in hotels, one in Germany and the other normally in Hungary. I make sure I do not spend a night in Romania.

The route from Rotterdam;

Find motorway A16 heading south for Breda,Tilburg and Eindhoven,
Follow signs for Breda,
Then follow signs to Tilburg A58 (E312),
Then follow signs for Eindehoven A2 (E25),
Then follow signs for Masstricht,
Then follow signs for Aachen A76 (E314)

The route from Calais;

Follow signs for Ostend in Belguim,
Then follow signs to Brugge,
Then follow signs to Gent,
Then follow signs to Brussels
When near to Brussels take care to follow signs to Liege and Aachen in Germany,

Then both routes follow from Aachen
Once near to Aachen
Then follow signs to Koln (Colonge),
Then follow signs to Frankfurt,

Ok, from Frankfurt you will see signs for;
Wurzburg, Nurenburg,
Then follow signs to Wursburg,
Then follow signs to Nurenburg,
Then follow signs to Regensburg,
Then pick up the signs for Passau
Then follow signs to Passau

Once you pass Passau, you are close to the Austrian border, so look out for service station on your right. There you will need to buy your first vignette, (about 10 euros) or road tax for Austria, from then on it is buy a vignette for all countries down. Take your car registration doc with you. This sticker you peel off and put on your windscreen, it is the first of many. Put it at the top left hand side and work down with them as you need to put your Bulgarian one in the bottom left corner.
Once into Austria head for Linz,
Then follow signs to Wein (Vienna),

As you come out of Wein, you'll see signs for Budapesht, (Budapest) with and H sign in a white oval, follow this. The HA is for Hungary. Which you need.

It is a simple run down from there, with no problems. Near to the Hungarian border, and I do mean near, is a service station, where you need to buy the vignette for Hungary. The vignette office is as you come out of the service station on the other side, there is a small car park there and sometimes a small queue. It is part of the service station.
Then follow signs to Gyor
Then follow signs to Budapesht,
Then follow signs to Keskemet (Kecskemet)
Then follow signs to Szeged,

You are nearly there, only 1 country to go through. Once in this area, have a good nights sleep ready for the drive through Romania.
Then in the morning, head for Romania and Arad,
Once you are out of Szeged,
Follow the signs for Timisora in Romania,

it is of on the right at the first roundabout after you leave Szeged, not long after you turn right you have a very long straight road and then the border crossing into Romania.
Romania is not so bad to drive through as many people say it is. Just keep your speeds down to the limits

Once you get to the border, you normally go through the Hungarian part, then stop at the Romanian side, there you'll meet the Hungarian and Romanian Customs and immigration officers. Both are likely to ask to look in side your car. For your first check of the run down. you are supposed to get your Romanian Vignette, if the office has some one in there. You'll find it on the right just past where you have been stopped. A small office.


From here on its an easy and simple run drive to Kraiova, (Craiova) where your next small problem will be. But it is almost at the end of your Herculean journey so is not so bad. From Kraiova you go on to Bechet and the ferry to BG, 30 miles away.

Ok so you follow the signs out of Timisora for;

Follow signs for Recas,
Follow signs for Lugol,
Follow signs for Caransebas,
Follow signs for Drobeta Turnu Severin, This should be one of the main names coming out of Timisora. You need to go through this town. Further on you will see signs for Kraiova (Craiova) you need to head for this city, it is in south of RO and very near to the ferry in Bechet to get to BG.
Follow signs for Kraiova (Craiova)

Around Drobeta Turnu Severin the roads get quite bad as they are re-surfacing about 30 miles of road all in one go, yes, all in one go, not as we do it a little at a time, So you will be driving over rough stones for a while, and there is single file traffic for most of this part of the trip. It is the slowest part of the journey down, but is picturesque, so have your cameras ready, if you like nice photos. It is not as bad as some would have you believe, just a little slow, but at this point you feel like taking it easy for awhile anyway, it is almost like having a rest period, but on the move and slow.

Ok, from here on is the drive to Kraiova, isn't so bad and quite enjoyable, roads quite good at this point. You'd be forgiven for thinking you were in Germany or somewhere else.

Ok, on the outskirts of Kraiova, the road disappears into a country lane, yes it really does, then, you are going over a single file dirt surface bridge. With ruts nearly 8 inches deep, made by the big trucks, yes you'll look at it and ask your self do the trucks really go over this, and you'll soon see they do. The RO sports cars ride on the top of the central ridge and the side to get over with out damaging their cars. And yes it does work, you think they will stove in the sides of their cars going over, but they don't. Suggestion here is follow a RO car and you'll be ok, do as they do, they have the practice. After the bridge, you are back on a single file narrow country lane for a few hundred feet, it goes to the right and then turns left and then crosses over a railway line, a short way up it suddenly turns right at what looks like a main road junction.

You are then back on the main road to Kraiova and only a few miles till your turn of for Bechet. Follow this road, till you see trucks parked on the right side, go slow from this point. You will see a service station that the truckers use. There is many trucks parked at the rear and you can see these from the road. Literally just past this service station, about 50 feet or so, you turn right to Bechet and the ferry

There is a sign saying Bechet, but it is almost hidden in the branches of a tree so look carefully. If in doubt follow a BG reg truck, good bet they are going the same way too. You can see your in the right area, as it looks like an industrial place. You really do need to turn here or you will get lost crossing the city with all the twist and turns that are there to do. Driving through Kraiova is not so good, it is busy and easy to get lost. I know I have done it once, never again. The first time I did this run it was horrendous for me. I did not know the route and what to expect. Took many wrong turns, was so easy to do that.

After you have turned right, follow the signs for Bechet, there are some good signs on the first part of the city bypass, and yes you'll laugh at this bit as you drive down it. It is the gypsy area of Kraiova. You are going all over the place, on different sides of the road, but it is normal, I promise you, a little crazy but true. If you have any doubts wait for a truck to pass you and follow that, they will show you the way through, even if you don't ask them. Do not follow any signs for Calafat unless you want to use this ferry. Calafat will take you to Vidin and the western part of BG and Sofia, passing Montana and Vratsa. Vidin is in the north west part of BG, close to Serbia.

First junction you turn left, then in a few yards you turn right. But here it is sign posted in English Bechet. You then follow this road down and I call it a road loosely. Ok, so you come to a funny junction, go straight over and slightly to the right, at this point there is no sign for Bechet, it is like a Y junction on the side and you are coming in at the middle, you want the second of the Y forks, the first takes you to Calafat, is sign posted to so you can see. Go straight on and then you come to another Y junction, you want the second Y part of this as well. From then on there are milestones on the ground with distance to Bechet every few hundred feet or so. And from this point is an easy run to the ferry. If you have any doubts at these 2 junctions, look for the trucks coming up towards you, that is the route you have to go.

From here is about 30 miles to the ferry and BG.

When you get to the ferry, you'll see a very long queue of trucks, you have to pass these and drive down the side, there will be passing gaps left by the trucks all the way down, so is not a problem when you see something coming up ahead of you. You just duck into one of these gaps, I have done it so many times now, even see the same drivers of trucks some times. It is almost like a meeting place for friends there.

Now I should point out the they will try anything to get you to part with euros at the ferry port. So make sure you do have a Vignet as they will check it and the document that goes with it. If you do not have one you will be fined heavy in Euros. You then have to pay a port tax of about 10 euros, this is for using the port, if you can call it that. Then you have to go to the office and buy your ferry ticket, the cost of this depends on what you have with you, like a trailer or so. But is not so expensive. From then on, you wait in the queue to board the ferry to cross to BG.

Once over you are in BG and it feels good to get this far, almost a feeling of relief. But first you must buy a 7 day vignette (Road tax), which is in the office just behind the Customs / immigration office. Otherwise you could have problems with traffic police in BG and a certain 100 euro fine, at the very least a 20 euro payment to the back pockets of the cops. As you drive out of the port, there is a turning to your left, it goes back on you and up a steep hill, it takes you to the town center. There are signs there for Vratsa and Sofia, but you can miss them if your not careful. As you come out of the town , you are at the top of the hill and you can see the distance opening up ahead of you, a long this part of the road is a junction to the left to take you to Pleven, it is spelt in Bulgarian Cyrilic. Straight ahead is Vratsa and Sofia.
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:03 pm

What kind of satnav do you have Oddy? We've got a panasonic European one and it's pretty useless!
It only gives the main roads, veer off slightly and it goes blank. We are driving over early next year so it would
be good to have one recommended. Angel
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:30 pm

Hi Scunnered

We used something called MIO Maps which a friend downloaded from the internet for a small charge then, looks like it is free now. We just put the destination to and from - at night we put it on standby and next morning it picked up where we left off. Fantastic.

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:43 pm

Hi Oddy, thanks for the info. Just been on the site but it won't work for panasonic.
Back to the drawing board!
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:01 pm



Ah bless Keep at it, sure something will turn up. Angel

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:14 am

Thank you wilola this will be useful for me on our next visit

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:43 am

HI an up date on our normal route from uk to BG as some roads have changed, by passes put in and found better ways through others!

its a long read but hopfully people will find it benificial

ROUTE TO BULGARIA

Getting out of Dunkirk Docks, follow signs for Dunkirk go left at the first roundabout, then straight over the next 2,(lagoon Plage, hotels and vets) straight over fourth then turn left to Grande Smyth on to the A10(if looking for camping you will find many campsites in Bray Dunes or De panne follow signs) also there is lots of hotels in Dunkirk center and 2 at ferry port its self.

Head for Gent A10, (E40) fill petrol at first as this is generally the cheapest.

Head for Brussels on A10 (E40) follow the RO (Ring road) around Brussels keep following heading for A3 Liege (Luik) and Leuven.(Just before Liege at J28 well lit service station approx 125mls from Dunkirk 3 hrs at 50mls hr)

CAUTION beware when signposted to Liege airport you must get in to left hand lane at top of hill before the bend to Aachen.

Head for Köln A3 (E40) {J31 Campsite} also {J40 or 41 Montabaur Just of Motorway 4.5km camping and a 3*hotel, Very nice and very friendly, good value}

Keep following A3 to Frankfurt, Wurzleburg and Nuremburg, Regensburg.
AVOID GETTING TO ANY OF THEM BETWEEN 8am-10am...VERY BAD QUE'S 2-3 HRS LONG!!!!!!!!
ALSO AVOID AT NIGHT 4-5pm until around 7-8pm again big que's.

CAUTION Regensburg petrol stations are a long way between J92 and J107 103km check you have enough petrol!!!!!


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hotel Burgwirt,,near Deggendorf,str 7 Deggendorf 94469,Germany,,,about 40km Austrian border,,,95 euros for that suite that include breakfast,5 star,web info@hotel-burgwirt.de

Head for Passau A3(Hotel and well lit service station at boarder to Austria good food ) Don t forget to buy your VINGETTE.

All service stations in Austria do wonderful food.
Head for LinzA8 (camping and Hotels in Linz again just follow the signs)A25 -A1 to St.Polten (Very nice hotel on Motorway at St.Valentiens) follow signs for Wien {CAUTION just before Wien turn of A1 left keep watch as most people miss this turning!!!!!!!} (E60) A21 to GYOR (Hungarian boarder) (Alland is a very quite service off motorway but well lit,(Beware no hotel)

HUNGARY BOARDER DON'T FORGET VINGETTE, you can buy this from the boarder hut on left as you approach. (You need to write down your no. plate also log book needed.)

Follow M1 Gyor, M1 Budapest CAUTION FOLLOW SIGNS FOR MO (ring road around Budapest) AVOID AT 7am – 10am. Follow signs for Szeged,
Take the junction for Arad and RO (Romania) M43

At Szeged 5 Traffic lights (TLs) str over and beare left, TLs st over (Hotels in Szeged and camping on right )TLs str over next 4,then Left to Mako 43straightover next5 tls,over bridge straight over next 3 tls, before you get to Mako, Beware sign post for boarder to Romania is marked on a small roundabout to CENAD (VAM/VAMA)turn right (Hotel,camping on right) and cross boarder heading for San Nicola u Mare, and Timisoara(its one straight road, and a very small boarder crossing no lorry's)DONT FOR GET VINGETTE in the little booth, (log book here)
ROMANIA, at Timisoara head take the junction for the OMV petrol station tls left,(for omv tls turn right and omv is just up the road on the right) then tls Right tls Trun right for Lugio and Airport straight over next tls, and roundabout(with sheds on) tls next left, tls straight over and beare right over train tracks, tls left the straight over next set(Campsite situated just on the outskirts of the town on the left called Tourist site) follow E70 to LUGOJ avoid 5pm-6pm. (in LUGOJ very good OMV petrol station and food,) then CARANSEBES,Follow the lorry route Right and beare left to tls straight over.(there is a campsite and hotel at Baile Herculane) ((about 3hrs from boarder)) then on to {E771} DROBETA TURNU SEVERN,follow straight through signs for CRAIOVA up steep hill,

At Cariova follow Ring road 65F, left over bridge straight over next 2 roundabous then Right and OMV petrolstation is on Left, down the hill and turn Right and under bridge to Alexandera, follow road to end then Left, follow signs for ALEXANDRA (Caracal),

At Caracal turn right lorry route follow windy road to end then turn right straight through following Alexandra lorry route then straight over staggered crossroads and vere Right to ALexandra

At ALEXANDRA heading towards BURCHEST at traffic lights turn left, follow this road straight until the village of Ghimpati turn right on to the 5B to Giurgiu, Follow lorry route towards ZIMAANAC, left at junction to hotel sud, follow windy road over train crossing at main road turn right and left at roundabout( red MOL Garage on right) signed posted VAMA<
Doune and Rousse, at T junction(blue building facing you) turn left and vere right at next road past petrol station straight on and up ramp, to end left to end and then right
Bridge toll is 6e, cross over bridge over take lorries if safe (some lorry drivers help) if queue at Bulgarian boarder see if you can give documents to another guard, Passports, insurance, again over take lorries.
VINGETTE e5 for 1 week

Out of boarder 2nd exit of roundabout and follow signs for airport and Varna, its straight forward to motorway at Shumen, follow motorway until you see signs for Provadia turn right off motorway and right again.
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:46 am

HI have also done the return journey now a little basic but once you have driven over or read the coming to BG route the return is much easier we think
if any one has anything to add to either posts please just let me know and I will include it,
RETURN JOURNEY Bulgaria to uk

To boarder at Ruse

Bridge toll 6E

Follow road out of Boarder (vignette at garage) turn Right, then
Take first LEFT and follow to give way sign and Bucrest, follow to MOL garage and roundabout turn Right then immediate Left and follow lorry route to T junction and turn Right.
Follow this road to the end and turn Left to Alexandra. Route 6

In Alexandra follow Rosi-Verdre sign posted Right follow down and to left bend- follow to end and Turn right at traffic lights and OMV petrol station.

CARACAL
Fork left then right and keep straight then left, keep following Cariova signs until out of town.

CARAVIOA
To blue and yellow garage traffic lights turn Right up hill bear right and right again, past OMV up hill and bear left then follow ring straight over each roundabout and left at end. To

CARNABEBES
Follow straight and bear right then turn left at traffic lights, OMV on outskirts when leaving.

LUJIO
Follow Ring road (OMV in town if needed and great people)

TIMORSORA
Straight over roundabout, (hotel and rest/campsite) R to Sannicola u Mare junction, Right 1 way(ARAD)(OMV)over traffic light, Right next trl, Szeged(ARAD OMV) 1stomv at traffic light straight over, (ARAD) Cened, left at next set of lights for Szeged Cened (NOT R TO ARAD) follow to end right to Cened and Metro
At boarder get vignette for Hungary

Szeged
Follow M5 for Budapest straight over 5 sets of lights then Right to Budapest straight over 2 traffic lights with hotel/camping/metro/and OMV straight over next 3 lights follow road 5 to motorway

Follow M5 to MO around Budapest to M1 and on to Austria,
At Wien follow s1 road to Linz and D for Germany
(Plenty of hotels in Austria on the motorway and all through Germany)

At BRUSSELS LEIGE-follow ring then Liege Airport until Louvaine sign R to Brussels

Last petrol J55

Ferry for Norfolk line take J53 left at roundabout, then straight over 2 next hotel and vet 1st right ferry 3rd right, next 3 roundabouts right,

Booking to ferry
regards and have a great journey either way you are travelling
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:51 am

Thank you for this I always get confused on the return journey this will help me greatly
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:45 pm

wilola wrote:
Hi this is our normal route down, sorry I forgot to post and will write the notes up for the serbia route...... g

ROUTE TO BULGARIA

Hi Wilola Its been a while 20 May 2010 since you wrote the above are you and closer to adding the Serbia route ?

Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:30 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:10 pm

Hi All

I have one of the new Garmin Nuvi Sat navs, trust me if you are travelling back and forwards, it will be the best investment you will have ever purchased.

As an example this time on travelling back to Bulgaria from the Uk I put in Sandanski from the comfort of my caravan in Yeovil Somerset, and I had a trouble free journey all the way back.

Why are they such a good investment, well, on this trip back there were some problems on one of the motorways in Slovenia, my Sat nav picked this up and took me of the motorway and around the problem, and back onto my route, a diversion of 10kms, and I did not have to reprogram it either, { better than the traffic jam }.

I also swear by them because if you have a good one you can see all the hotels, B&
Bs restaurants, fuel stations, breakdown services, in fact the list is endless, you can even set hotels as way points for over night stops.

They are fantastic and its just an added assurance of peace of mind on your journey.

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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:56 pm

Thanks for that Darrel I have been looking at buying one of these but when I look at all the models I get a bit confused about which one to buy for Bulgaria but it looks like you have cracked it do you have to update it as the roads change/being built in Bulgaria or is that automatic?
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:38 pm

I bought the 2009 European upgrade for my Garmin about a month before our trip to BG. It said it has the major urban areas covered? We got to Plovdiv and it had about 5 streets on it, none of which we wanted to know about. I would say for me that it was totally useless
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PostSubject: Re: Route plan to Bulgaria from the UK   Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:54 am

Hi its Darrell

I agree with the post from nu2bg, my sat nav is not as detailed for Bulgaria as it is for the rest of Europe, but I have no problems with it in Sofia, all the roads there are shown.

You can buy a sat nav in Bulgaria for around 200levs of just Bulgaria, which is good enough for here, and most big shops sell them.

I would still not be without mine when travelling through Europe, I always have my map with me for emergencies but as yet have never needed it, I have complete faith in my Sat Nav which is a Garmin Nuvi 1390 .

I suppose like all things its just personal preference.

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