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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘Здравей ’
( zdra-vey )
Bulgarian
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
Apr-Jun
Best time to go
Spring

Money and costs

Currency
Leva (лв)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 19, 2018 9:52AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: 18–22 lv
  • Room in a simple guesthouse: 25–50 lv
  • Meals from cafeterias: 5–10 lv
  • Public transport tickets: around 1 lv
Midrange
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: 60–80 lv
  • Lunch and dinner in quality restaurants: 20–30 lv
  • Taxi from airport to centre in Sofia or Plovdiv: 15 lv
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in top-end hotel: 150–300 lv
  • Three-course meals with wine in top-end restaurants: 30–55 lv
  • Spa treatments: from 30 lv

Visas

Visas are not required for EU citizens. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA can visit visa-free for up to 90 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Bulgaria from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
BGR
Varna
Go Jun–Sep
Mar – May
1555940
0.13
0.0
Jun – Aug
27168160
0.17
0.01
Sep – Nov
1896548
0.1
0.0
Dec – Feb
7-14429
0.13
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Plovdiv
Go Mar–Jun
Mar – May
1966544
Jun – Aug
952720
Sep – Nov
1986546
Dec – Feb
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Sofia
Go Mar–Jun
Mar – May
1756241
0.23
0.01
Jun – Aug
28148258
0.27
0.01
Sep – Nov
1866342
0.13
0.0
Dec – Feb
4-43924
0.1
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Bulgaria

Most international visitors enter and leave Bulgaria via Sofia Airport, and there are frequent flights to the capital from other European cities. Bulgaria is also easily accessible by road and rail from neighbouring countries, and Bulgaria's railway is part of the InterRail system and so can be included in a longer European rail journey. Long-distance coaches reach Bulgarian cities from Turkey, Greece, Serbia and Macedonia. There are regular ferry crossings that carry both vehicles and foot passengers across the Danube from Romania.

If you prefer something more structured, an increasing number of companies offer organised tours and package holidays to Bulgaria.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Bulgaria

The best price found from United States to Bulgaria is on September 4th, 2018, travelling with . See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $348.00
SOF
Sofia

Getting around Bulgaria

Bus The most reliable transport links between cities are by bus. Local buses reach most villages, though these services are usually infrequent, or seasonal in ski or beach destinations.

Car The most convenient way to get around, especially if your itinerary includes small Bulgarian villages. Drive on the right; the steering wheel is on the left side of the car.

Taxi As well as short journeys within cities, engaging a local driver is a good way to reach day-trip destinations without the inconvenience of infrequent buses; make sure to agree on a fare before setting out.

Train Slower than buses and frequently delayed, trains are a scenic (if not speedy) way to cover ground in Bulgaria.

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