Train traffic along the Sub-Balkan railway line has been possible
• Fast train № 3621 from Sofia to Bourgas – departs at 07:18 instead of at 07:40
• Express train № 3601 from Sofia to Bourgas – departs at 16:00 instead of at 16:05.
• Fast train № 3637 from Sofia to Varna – departs at 22:00 instead of at 22:15
• Fast train № 8687 from Sofia to Bourgas – departs at 23:05 instead of at 23:15
As of 12th August regional trains can operate in the line section Sofia – Ihtiman. Train traffic in the line section Ihtiman – Septemvri is still impossible due to heavy damages of the railway infrastructure. Fast and express trains from Sofia to Yambol, Bourgas and Varna, which are scheduled to run via Plovdiv, operate only from Plovdiv to Yambol, Bourgas and Varna.
Passengers from Sofia to stations in Central and Southern Bulgaria can travel by the trains along the Sub-Balkan line and from the stations of Karlovo or Tulovo they can board on other trains to the directions of Plovdiv, Dimitrovgrad, Svilengrad, Stara Zagora, Nova Zagora and Yambol.
In compliance with the best practices of European railways, BDZ EAD issue train tickets at the price for the shortest possible route. In other words, passengers from Sofia to Dimitrovgrad, for example, will buy their tickets at the price for the route Sofia – Plovdiv – Dimitrovgrad in spite of the fact that they will travel along a longer route and should have paid higher price.
Train traffic along the narrow gauge line from Septemvri to Dobrinishte is still not possible in the line section between Velingrad and Yakoruda.
Another line section, which was damaged by a landslide during July floods, is Dryanovo – Tsareva livada. BDZ EAD provide buses, which transport train passengers along this section.