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Veliko Tarnovo is a historical city in the central north of Bulgaria with well over 100,000 inhabitants and over 200,000 in the urban area.
The Veliko Tarnovo train station is located 1.5 kilometres west of town. There are three daily trains to Plovdiv (five hours) via Stara Zagora (two hours). Trains also serve Sliven (three hours, six daily), Burgas (five hours, three daily), Varna (five hours, three daily) and Sofia (4.5 hours, six daily).
Gorna Oryakhovitsa train station (8 kilometres from town) has 11 daily trains to Ruse (2 hours).
There is one daily train to Bucharest (six hours) in Romania. A night train from Veliko Tarnovo goes to Istanbul, Turkey (11 hours). You can also reach Thessaloniki in northern Greece via an evening train from Gorna Oryakhovitsa (14 hours).
Buses serve Gabrovo (40 minutes, half-hourly), as well as Elena (30 minutes, six daily), Kazanlak (2.5 hours, five daily), Ruse (two hours, eight daily), Sliven (two hours, seven daily), Burgas (four hours, four daily) and Plovdiv (four hours, four daily). There are many daily buses to Sofia (four hours) and Varna (four hours). From Ruse, there are onward minibuses to the border with Romania.
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|City Hotel Apartment||13 Hristo Botev str.||hostel||-|
|Guest House Stambolov Veliko Tarnovo||Str.27 Stefan Stambolov||Guesthouse||88|
|Guesthouse Bellevue||Palitzi village||guesthouse||-|
|Hikers Hostel||Samovodska Charshia 91 Rezervoarska Street||Hostel||86|
|Homes||Gurko street 10 February street No 8||Guesthouse||81|
|Hostel Apartment Stambolov||27 Stefan Stambolov Str||hostel||-|
|Hostel Mostel Veliko Tarnovo||10, Iordan Indjeto str.||Hostel||94|
|Low Costel Hostel||Assen Ruskov No: 6 Veliko Tarnovo 5000||Hostel||-|
|Nomads Hostel||27,Gurko Str. Veliko Tarnovo||Hostel||-|
|Pashov Hostel||'10th of February' Street N17||Hostel||89|
|Phoenix hostel||12 Dr.Hristo Daskalov Str||Hostel||-|
|Rashev Bed & Breakfast||2 Nikola Pikollo str||guesthouse||-|
|Resen Lodge Guesthouse||2 dubrodja street Resen||Guesthouse||-|
|Ross Hostel||70 Gurko Street||Hostel||-|
|Trendy Inn||#3 10-th february street||Guesthouse||93|
|Trinity Rocks Farm||Parvomijci||hostel||-|
|V.T. Poolside Hostel||6 Sheinovo Street||HOSTEL||-|
|Private rooms Veliko Tyrnovo||Kolio Gaitandjiata str. 60||APARTMENT||-|
Internet access is widely available in Bulgaria, although about 60% of the population has regular access. Broadband internet is available through cable, ADSL, fiber optics, WiMax and LAN connections. You can also access internet with your mobile phone, via GPRS or 3G. Speeds are pretty fast in the capital. Outside Sofia, speeds are significantly lower. Internet cafes are available in most towns and cities, and in some villages. Computers are usually not available in libraries, or in public places such as train stations, but free wireless access is often available in such public places and in gas stations. Many pubs and hotels will also have WiFi that is free of charge to use. In recent years, wireless access has been growing, especially in biggest cities, but is still rather limited. Paid wireless access is also available. Speeds in Bulgaria are surprisingly good! In fact Bulgaria is in top 10 of the countries with fastest wireless Internet speeds worldwide.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Bulgaria is: 359. To make an international call from Bulgaria, the code is: 00
There are three mobile operators in Bulgaria: Globul, MobilTel & Vivacom. You can buy phone cards from post offices, kiosks and other street vendors.
The pan-European standard number 112 for all emergency calls is working everywhere in Bulgaria since September 2008. If, for some reason, you can not connect to 112, dial 166 for police, 150 for ambulance and 160 for the fire department.
Bulgarian Posts is the national postal service of Bulgaria. Services are fairly reliable and have been getting better and faster of the years. Still, it takes anywhere from days (domestic) to weeks (intercontinental) to send postcards, letters and/or parcels. They also have a very handy price calculator for all items, both priority as well as non-priority. Bulgarian post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though some are also open on Saturday (mornings) or keep longer evening hours (mostly the central post offices in big cities or in tourist areas along the coastline). You can buy stamps and postcards at the post offices or at newspaper kiosks. Single stamps for domestic services start at 0.45 leva, for international destinations prices vary by region. For sending packages, you can also use more expensive but faster courier services offered by for example UPS or DHL. TNT and local ones like City Express or Econt are also options.
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I have been to Veliko Tarnovo at least 5 times in the last few years, have stayed at 5 different hotels, eaten in several restaurants, and know both Veliko and the surrounding region very well.
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