Plovdiv is located in the Western part of the Upper Thracian Plain at 160 m above the sea level, on the shores of Maritsa River, onto and around six syenite hills with area 53 sq km, at 42º 9`N Latitude and 24º 45` E longitude. Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria with population of about 376 911. It is the administrative center of South Central Region, District Plovdiv. There are important road arteries passing through the City, which since ancient times connect the East with Europe, the Baltic with the Mediterranean and Black Sea with the Adriatic.
Plovdiv is equally remote from all Balkan capitals, you can reach it within one day either from Skopje, Tirana, Thessaloniki, Istanbul or Bucharest.
If you arrive in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, you can get to Plovdiv by taxi, rented car, intercity bus or train. The distance between the two cities is 130 km or 1 h and 30 min drive or around 2 hours bus ride on highway Trakiya. The express train reaches Plovdiv for 2 h and 15 min, and the fast train for 2 h and 45 min.