Kach Solo Travels Day 25: Crossing from Bulgaria to Macedonia ❤️
I love border crossings by land but sometimes it can be tricky when you’re unprepared which is why I like it more as it puts me out of my comfort zone! You know, the adrenaline rush! Haha 😬😬 Well, next few weeks I’ll be traveling with Eurail so will feel more secured and ready 💋
Yesterday my sister just told me that the bus ticket I booked online is wrong way which I didn’t noticed when I paid for it few days ago.. the ticket says Skope- Sofia! Opposite direction! I checked if I can rebook it but there’s no available booking online and I couldn’t call the local agency because most of the older people here only speak Bulgarian! Not their fault but it’s hard for me to learn the language when I’m only here for 4 days.. hehe!
Well, I read a blog that says the bus schedule departs at 9:30am.. so I told myself to just go at the bus station and buy my ticket there the same day I will leave.. the taxi from the hotel to the bus station is around 4 Euro each way!
I arrived at the Central Bus station.. there’s a big one but it’s not there and you should go to the smaller one opposite to that.. most of the office banes are in Bulgarian and I attempted to ask where is the bus to Skopje.. no one spoke English but finally a lady told me where the MATPU bus office and it was 9:20 am when I bought my ticket.. It was a little bit hard to find as there were a lot of people waiting to board their buses covering the office doors and signs! 🧐
Since Macedonia is not part of the EU (and not the Schengen zone).. the lady required my passport for me to purchase it! I paid 30 LEV or 15 Euro on the spot and 5 minutes later I was boarding the bus! Waah!
If you are Philippines passport holder like me then you need a Macedonian Tourist visa to enter the country or a valid Schengen MULTIPLE entry visa.. Yep, multiple since if you only have a single entry then you won’t be able to go back to Schengen zone!
So here I am now.. sat on my bus seat and in 4 hours time will pass the border immigration ticking off my 108th country! ❤️ I will be meeting my sister again there - they traveled to Serbia, Albania and Kosovo (which is where I’m also going soon!)
Anyway, how about you guys.. how’s your border crossing experiences? Share your photos and tips in the comment! 💋