Dangers & Annoyances

Bulgaria is no more dangerous than any other European country, but it is worthwhile being streetwise in larger cities.

  • Parked cars, especially with foreign licence plates and/or rental-agency stickers, can be targets for thieves. Never leave valuables inside your car.
  • Watch out for pickpockets in markets and on buses, and be wary of gangs of young pickpockets in big cities.
  • Bulgaria has harsh drug laws. Don’t attempt to buy, sell, transport or use drugs, including cannabis.
  • Taxi drivers at airports, train stations and beach resorts can overcharge outrageously.
  • Changing money on the street is illegal and unnecessary, and you risk extortionate rates.