Varna is a city in eastern Bulgaria, the largest along the country's Black Sea coast.
South towards Burgas A5/9
<map lat="43.21826982903" lng="27.907814025123" zoom="12" view="0" float="right" /> Take the bus number 2 from the post office in the center of the town or bus number 17A from train station. The bus follows the road out to the motorway. Get out of the bus just after the huge bridge (ask the driver to stop). There is a fork in the road. The left fork is the main motorway to Burgas, the right fork is the slower sightseeing road along the coast that also goes to Burgas and links up with the main motorway.
North towards Constanţa 9
You can walk to this hitchhiking point from the city centre. From the centre follow the sign and walk down the main street, Knyaz Boris. Walk along the street until you reach a bridge. Once you pass the bridge walk a little bit further until you find yourself at the Shell petrol station. A further 100 metres from the petrol station there is quite a good spot for stopping with decent traffic. You can reach the petrol station also by bus number 8,9,109 from the center (near main church), because it's quite far away to walk with heavy bag and the ticket is only 1 lv (0.5 euro) (you can buy it in the bus).
West towards Veliko Tarnovo , Sofia , Ruse 2
Take bus 409 to the airport, which is only 100m away from the hitchhiking point. Walk to the end of the bridge and hitch on the E70 from there.
If coming into the city, best just to explain that you need to hitch west towards Sofia and ask your ride to drop you off at a road towards it as you could be doing a lot of walking otherwise. Hitching to Varna is simple and you should be able to find someone willing to give you a ride to the west side of the city.
Option 2 This is actually the spot all local hitchhikers use, it's kind of inside the city but it works perfectly fine. Take bus 409 to bus stop "Elprom" (you can ask the conductor), bus ticket costs 1 Lev (0.50 euros), get off after you pass all the malls, there's an EKO petrol station on the right of the bus stop. Just walk a few meters up after the left turn, and hitchhike right from there (there should be a Citroen dealership near you). It is easier to get there, there's shade, civilization and cars go slower because of the cameras.
From here you can also hitch to Lukoil B024, a service station a little further on the A2 / E70, a great spot, where you can both hitch by the highway and ask the drivers who stop.
- Aug 2019: Went to option 1 first. Spot was kinda shady; cars are going way too fast and not enough space for drivers to stop. Went back to option 2, which is much easier to reach anyway. Still had to wait 2.5 hours to get a ride to Veliko Tarnovo.