• Burgas, Bulgaria

City Summary

Burgas is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, the fourth-largest in Bulgaria. The city has shown commitment to improving its urban mobility by implementing mobility projects that favor people and environment.

Although there is a high use of private cars (58%), several projects have been implemented that will transform Burgas into a more sustainable city with an efficient and sustainable transport system. Some of the ongoing projects include: increasing the accessibility to urban areas, renovating and increasing the appeal of public transportation, introducing integrated intelligent control systems, creating a sustainable transport system which favors clean non-motorized transport modes.

In addition, Burgas offers long term policy in ecomobility, social and health impacts, air quality, noise levels and social safety and security. The city is one of the first cities to successfully conduct the EcoMobility SHIFT assessment and audit scheme to measure its urban mobility performance in Europe.

Targets/ Vision

Key policies towards sustainable transport in a long-term perspective are present in the “Strategy for Sustainable Energy Development of the Municipality (2011 – 2020)” and Action Plan (2011 – 2013). Additionally, Burgas launched the ambitious project titled “Integrated Urban Transport (2010)”  to foster the use of low environmental impact transport More recently, the “Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) (2014-2020)” identifies the main areas Burgas wants to improve:

  • Improve energy efficiency in public transport and diversification of modes of transport
  • Create a lower emissions transport system by increasing the use of bio fuels and flexible high-speed public transport;
  • Improve accessibility
  • Prioritize alternative modes of transport in order to reduce the negative impacts on the environment (pollution, noise…)
  • Increase road safety for non-motorists and traffic safety, by adding calming strategies
  • Prepare an efficient freight vehicles schedule.

Achieved results


  • Built two pedestrian overpasses over busy crossroads for safe pedestrian passage
  • Built a new underground street that expands pedestrian zones in the city center.
  • Improved access to public transport with 73% of city areas located within 400 meters of a bus stop or rail station.


  • Added 50 km of cycling lanes
  • Provided a public bike sharing system “Velo Burgas” with 120 bicycles, 9 bike stations, and 3 information centers
  • Supported the new automatic self-service municipal bike share system. The system is automatized, equipped with an ICT and accessible at all times, seven days a week and serves more than 20 000 people

Public Transport:

  • Introduced an integrated intelligent control system of public transport with integrated ticketing system and real time information
  • Developed 20 km of bus lanes (more than 60% of segregated ones)
  • Created a 15 km network of bus rapid transit lines (BRT) and a traffic light system for bus priority
  • Recently created a BRT central station, two bus terminals, public transport stops and reconstructed the main suburban transport terminal
  • Renovated the bus fleet (67 new buses and 22 trolleybuses)

City Statistics

Population (2016)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2016)

  • Walking 2%
  • Cycling 3%
  • Public transport 37%
  • Personal Car 58%


Reduce 25% of CO² emissions by 2020

Achieve 26% of renewable energy sources share in the energy mix

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