Bulgaria

Capital Sofia

Population 7,153,784

Area 110,879 km2

Key facts

Bulgaria is a member state of the European Union located in Eastern Europe. There are 5 countries (Greece, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey) that Bulgaria shares its borders with. The official language of Bulgaria is Bulgarian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Bulgaria are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Bulgaria was ranked 23rd out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Bulgaria is Bulgarian lev (BGN). The lev (лв) is subdivided into 100 stotinki (стотинки).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1.95 BGN and 1 USD is worth 2.01 BGN.

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Banknotes

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Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Bulgaria is 103.64 Mbps and mobile is 216.6 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Bulgaria has more ATMs than most other countries.91.36 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Bulgaria, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Bulgaria. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Bulgaria will celebrate 14 national public holidays. The next one Christmas Eve will take place on December 24.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayНова година
March 3, 2022Liberation DayДен на oсвобождението на България от Oсманско робство
April 22, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayРазпети петък
April 23, 2022Moving holidayHoly SaturdayВелика Cъбота
April 24, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayВеликден
April 25, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayВелики понеделник
May 1, 2022International Workers' DayДен на труда и на международната работническа солидарност
May 6, 2022Saint George's DayГергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия
May 24, 2022Saints Cyril and Methodius DayДен на Българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост
September 6, 2022Unification DayДен на cъединението
September 22, 2022Independence DayДен на независимостта на България
December 24, 2022Christmas EveБъдни вечер
December 25, 2022Christmas DayРождество Христово
December 26, 2022Christmas DayРождество Христово

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Bulgaria?

There are no Mariott hotels in Bulgaria.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Bulgaria.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Bulgaria.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Bulgaria.

There are Radisson hotels in 2 cities: Plovdiv and Sofia.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Bulgaria.

What fast food chains are present in Bulgaria?

Banitsa, Bob chorba are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Bulgaria. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Bulgaria below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Bulgaria.

The KFC chain operates in Bulgaria.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Bulgaria.

The Subway chain operates in Bulgaria.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Bulgaria.

The Starbucks chain operates in Bulgaria.

Weather

Today the sun in Sofia, rises at 7:20 AM and sets at 7:13 PM. The climate of Sofia may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29FogLow: 12.4°C (54.32°F)High: 22.4°C (72.32°F)
FridaySep 30FogLow: 11.9°C (53.42°F)High: 25.1°C (77.18°F)
SaturdayOct 1FogLow: 12.2°C (53.96°F)High: 24.3°C (75.74°F)
SundayOct 2ThunderstormLow: 14.6°C (58.28°F)High: 21°C (69.8°F)
MondayOct 3RainLow: 10.3°C (50.54°F)High: 15.9°C (60.62°F)
TuesdayOct 4OvercastLow: 8.2°C (46.76°F)High: 15.4°C (59.72°F)

Weather data for Sofia (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Sofia.

Taxi Apps Uber is available only in one city: Varna. Bolt is not available in Bulgaria.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Bulgaria.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.9, Bulgaria is placed 67th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Bulgaria traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  389.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 9.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Bulgaria

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

Your tobacco allowance is determined on your form of transportation.

If you are travelling by air:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

If you are NOT travelling by air:

  • 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Bulgaria?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Bulgaria without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Bulgaria.

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