We are based in the town of Shipka (Шипка) which is NW of Kazanlak (Казанлък) along the E85 road. This road continues towards the Shipka Pass (Шипченски проход), Shipka Memorial (паметник „Шипка“) and further to Gabrovo (Габрово) and Veliko Tarnovo (Велико Търново).
Foreigners asking for "Shipka" are often directed to the Shipka Memorial on top of the mountain, not the town, so when asking locals or bus/cab drivers , say "Grad Shipka" (град Шипка - "grad" means town) to avoid confusion.
From the centre (which is the large open asphalt area with various shops and a resturant), face west and go along the main street (Stefan Obreshkov st, Улица Стефан Обрешков). The mountain should be on your right and ahead of you as you follow that road, the golden globes of the monastary on your front right.
Dobri Kartalov st. (Улица "Добри Карталов")
Take the second intersection on your left Dobri Kartalov st. (Улица Добри Карталов). We are the house on the left corner. You can always ask at the shop in the center for Paul and Sophie if you are unsure or phone +359988342649
Opposite the train station of Kazanlak is the bus station, where the bus no. 6 can take you to Shipka (every half hour on :00 and :30 on a week day and every full hour during the weekend). Please note there is no 20.00 hr service on any day. The next and last bus of the day is 20:40.The bus fare is around 2BGN.
In the centre of town opposite and near the Grand Hotel Kazanlak, there are taxi stands. The taxis are yellow and clearly marked. From the centre of Kazanlak to Shipka the fare should be 10 BGN, certainly no more than 12 BGN.
The next bigger town is Kazanlak (ca. 13.3 km from Shipka) with direct trains from Sofia (3 times a day at time of writing, one very early, one around 13.00 hrs and one very late), Burgas, Varna and some smaller places. From Kazanlak, there are Buses and good hitchhiking possibilities to Shipka.
The closest train station to Shipka is Dunavtsi (Дунавци, ca. 6.7 km), however, only local trains stop there and there is no bus to Shipka.
(Bulgarian train information system, for international queries try Czech or German site.).
You may also take a train to Stara Zagora (more frequent trains), and then take a minibus to Kazanlak (approx. 4 BGN).
From the Central Bus Station in Sofia, you should look out for services to Kazanlak (Казанлъ̀к). Usual departure times are: 10:30, 12:00, 15:00, 17:30 for approx. 17 BGN. The 12.00 service does not always run, but when operating it leaves from bus station Serdika, which is just to the left of the central bus station. From Sofia airport you can easily find mini buses to take you to the central bus station for around 6 BGN.
Direct buses run from from Plovdiv North "Автогара Север" (7:00, 13:30, 15:15 and 16:00), Ruse (9:30) to Kazanlak; for other cities, visit http://avtogari.info and use Google translate for the town names.
From Istanbul (for information, call +359-886-287457 or +359-896-2372-77), from Haskovo (7am, 9:30, 10:41am, 4:17pm). For international buses, check out Eurolines.
On arrival to Kazanlak, you should alight at the bus station or central stop. From either one of these bus stops you can catch the number 6 bus to Shipka (Шипка), which is where we are based. This bus takes around 30 minutes and runs every half an hour until 20.40.
If you chose to come by car perhaps you'd like to share the journey, AHA CAR offer an excellent car pool service within Bulgaria and beyond. .
By bike or foot (the hiking trail from the Shipka pass to Shipka can be found on OpenStreetMap)
With Paraglide from Sopot :)
View Balkan Ecology Project in a larger map
Map of Shipka. Click on the map for an enlarged version
If you wish to visit our site please contact us first to arrange a visit at
15 Dobri Kartalov St.
If you are planning a visit take a look at Aha!Car who offer an excellent car pooling service.