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Boyana Church

Boyana Church

3 Boyansko Ezero Str, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1616

The Basics

Booking ahead of time is vital, as access to the church’s interior is limited. An admission ticket to Boyana Church is included on most city tours, which put Sofia’s numerous historical landmarks into context. Tours with round-trip transfers from Sofia provide hassle-free access to other distant destinations, such as Mt. Vitosha, Rila Monastery and, in some cases, Macedonia and Serbia, while guided exploration provides more intimate insight into the church and can be arranged on admission.

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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
star-4.5
$27.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lovely trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
The trip was very smooth, our guide was very Informative, he shared a lot of interesting details with us ( also some fun facts). After the lecture we had 1 hour for ourselves so we could grab a lunch in the restaurant next to this place. Lovely trip!
David_V, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Sofia

star-5
Perfect day trip from Sofia
JaeHyung_K, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Guide was very friendly and did a great job explaining the historical significance of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery. I felt that we had enough time on each stop and the van was comfortable and safe. Highly recommend!
star-5
Definitely recommended
Isabel_P, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
We had an amazing time at this tour, both Boyana church and Rila monastery are worth the visit but what made it truly great were the explanations behind their complex stories which our guide conveyed in a very informative and engaging way! The tour was well organized, providing time to see everything both in group and independently, and our driver ensured a very safe ride.
star-5
Great guide, awesome monastery
Tarek_A, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip
Pretty monastery and beautiful history about the churches such an awesome informative guide, who explained everything with details
star-5
Absolutely breathtaking
Ciaran_M, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip
Absolutely awesome! We chose the self guided tour but the tour guide for the rest of the group (philipe I think his name is?) was absolutely amazing! Helped us out when needed!
star-5
Nice place and different...
Smitha_w, Jun 2022
From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and History Museum
Nice place and different experience. excellent nature. Guide explained everything in detail. Outstanding historical place and we'll preserved
star-5
Outstanding
Anton_A, Apr 2022
Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
The guide was great and passionate about the places visited. The boss, however, needs to stop calling every five minutes and micromanaging the guide and experience.
star-4
Good overview of important world cultural sites.
herbert_b, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip
Rila Monastery is a spectacular piece of history and Bulgarian culture. The vivid colors of the frescoes is astonishing. I was left wanting more information on both sites but still ended the trip knowing more than I started .
star-5
Well worth the coach journey
SarahWynne_K, May 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Both Boyana Church and Rila Monastery are well worth the journey. It is well organised. The guide is very knowledgeable (although we had an audio guide too). Frescos at both locations are beautiful. There is an option to either do the museum or relax and use the restaurant after the tour at the monestery. Be aware that the loud bird scarer noise will make it hard to hear your guide outside the church at Rila.
star-5
Great trip and great...
Suzana_B, Jun 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Great trip and great guide Lubo! It worth to visit this monastery! We learn a lot of interesting things from our guide!
star-5
Beautiful Rila Monastery
Christa_E, Sep 2021
Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
First we visited the Boyana Church with the beautiful paintings. Then we went to the beautiful Rila Monastery, a real highlight of our holidays. Our guide gave us so much interesting informations and so it was a perfect day.
star-5
Great day!
loisJ, Jul 2022
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip
Great day trip for very reasonable price. Our guide was super nice and knowledgeable! Plenty of time to explore the monestary
star-5
Well worth a visit
Marita_P, Jan 2020
Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia
A full day out of Sofia but worth it. Boyana Church is amazing then a ride through the countryside and up the mountain to the monastery and it’s spectacular. It was too icy to get to the cave but it didn’t spoil our trip. After we visited a typical Bulgarian mountain restaurant and sampled some traditional Bulgarian food and wine. Then 1hr 40 mins drive back to Sofia. Thank you
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Boyana Church is a must for anyone interested in art, history, religion, architecture, or culture.

  • A maximum of 10 people may enter Boyana Church at once, ensuring a peaceful atmosphere at all times.

  • You can purchase an admission ticket ahead of time to secure a time slot that most suits your schedule.

  • Time allowed inside is strictly limited to 15 minutes.

  • No photos or videos are permitted inside the church.

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How to Get There

Boyana Church is located on the southeast outskirts of the city, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Most travelers opt for private transfer by taxi or tour, but the church is also served by the 107 or 64 bus. Parking is available nearby.

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When to Get There

Independent visitors should arrive early in the morning or after lunch to avoid group tours that have guaranteed access for a specific slot. On sunny days, it's worth taking advantage of the church’s close proximity to Vitosha Nature Park, home to many picturesque hiking routes.

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UNESCO-listed Landmarks

Further south in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria’s largest monastery also holds UNESCO-listed status. The Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery dates back to the 10th century and draws visitors with its unique religious artwork, scenic surroundings, and Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. The monastery opens daily, and with some planning, it’s possible to tick off both landmarks in just one trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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