[as of 2013 ]

Founded: ~3000 BC
Population: 68 783 (2011)
Location: Veliko Tarnovo

A historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (XII—XIV centuries), famous for an attractive hillside old city center.


[ 2009 ]

A small network covered all major neighborhoods of the city. Trolleybuses didn't operate through historic neighborhoods, as the city center terminal was located on the outskirts of the old town. The outer segment of the line served the city's industrial park.

On 11.2008 the system was curtailed due to a road construction project in the Kachitsa area, which involved a revamping of the trans-Bulgarian Sofia - Varnovo highway interchange. Between 08.2011 - 31.03.2009 trolleybuses operated via a temporary circular route, confined to the northern part of the network. As the depot was located in the southern part of the network, trolleybuses were stored in the streets, and were towed to/from the depot for maintenance. Operation ceased when the road construction site expanded and created a gap in the wiring for the remaining segment. Initially announced as a temporary closure, it nevertheless became permanent.


[ 2009 ]

System opened: 09.1988
System closed: 31.03.2009
Overhead length: 24 km. (one-way)
Number of routes: 2
Number of passenger vehicles ever used: 15


A total of 15 vehicles:
ZiU-682V (1987-1989)

15 vehicles were numbered 116, 120, 131, 142, 153, 164, 175, 186, 190, 201, 212, 223, 234, 245, 256, where the last digit was a control number. About 10 vehicles remained operable upon system's closure in 2009. All 15 trolleybuses were scrapped in 2011.

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