Etiquette

  • Greetings Bulgarians are polite and a little reserved on first meetings, so a handshake is most appropriate.
  • Personal space Bulgarian attitudes to personal space are more relaxed than some other cultures. People may approach closely when speaking to you, or join your table at crowded restaurants.
  • Queues The Bulgarian attitude toward queuing can be somewhat fluid; idle or distracted travellers can expect queue-jumpers to pounce.
  • Gifts Flowers and bottles of spirits are well received by Bulgarian hosts, if you're lucky enough to be invited to dinner.
  • Tipping Rounding up a bill, or leaving 10% of the total, is standard tipping practice.
  • Public transport In Bulgaria it is considered very poor form not to relinquish your seat for a pregnant or elderly person.