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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Like elsewhere along the coast, some taxi drivers are prone to ripping off foreign visitors at the bus and train stations, so check the tariffs before getting in or, better still, pick up a cab on the streets away from these places, which are more likely to use their meters. Pickpockets abound, so be wary in crowded areas such as the market behind the Opera House. Varna appears to be the last refuge in Bulgaria for black-market money changers, who lurk around pl Nezavisimost. Needless to say, it’s illegal to change money on the street and you’re sure to end up out of pocket, so don’t do it!