Bulgaria international travel guide in May 2023
Bulgaria is part of Europe with main city at Sofia. It's usually 🌤️ 15.48 °C in Bulgaria with a rainfall of 🌧 62.30 mm. Tipping is expected in Bulgaria since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages. Internet speed in Bulgaria is on average 13.3 Mbps. In Bulgaria you drive on the right side. Its Developed country with a population of 7M people. The main currency is Bulgarian Lev. The languages spoken are Bulgarian. Automatic teller machines are very common in Bulgaria. Current travel safety advice is Exercise normal safety precautions. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
👍 Developed 🌤️ ~15.48 °C 🌧 ~62.30 mm 👨👩👦👦 7M people
Bulgaria Travel Advice
🛡️ Travel safety
Exercise normal safety precautions
We've reviewed our travel advice for Bulgaria. We haven't changed the level of our advice, exercise normal safety precautions. All COVID-19 entry requirements have been removed. You'll need to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you're a close contact with someone who tests positive. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria Essential travel details
Bulgaria uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Bulgarian
Money in Bulgaria
💱 Currencies Used
Bulgaria uses the Bulgarian lev (symbol: ??), code BGN.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 leva. Lev is subdivided into 100 stotinkas. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 leva and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 stotinkas.
Widely accepted Credit cards are widely accepted within Bulgaria (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Bulgaria. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip Tipping is expected in Bulgaria since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.
Calling in Bulgaria
Internet speed in Bulgaria is on average 13.3 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Bulgaria is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about 11.19 BGN, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Max Telecom, Mtel, Telenor or Vivacom. Bulgaria uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Bulgaria upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Bulgaria, dial +, then 359 (the country code for Bulgaria), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Bulgaria, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .
Driving in Bulgaria
🛣️ Road rules
In Bulgaria you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 140 km/h (86 mph) on motorways, 140 km/h (86 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
🚦 On the road
Road assistance is available at 146 (Union Des Automobilistes Bulgares (UAB)) or 089 437 4385 (NiradBG). For general news on Bulgaria's traffic use Lima. For news on Bulgaria’s motorways and tolls use API. Most popular petrol stations in Bulgaria are Shell, Lukoil, eko, OMV, Petrol and VM Petroleum. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called A98, ?????? or A95. Petrol costs about 2.00 BGN per liter.Diesel options are called ????? or dizel.
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