Bulgaria international travel guide

Landscape view of Bulgaria

Bulgaria πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬

Bulgaria is part of Europe with main city at Sofia. It's usually 🌀️ 10.29 °C in Bulgaria with a rainfall of 🌧 46.35 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 Do not travel. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
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Advice

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety

Do not travel

We now advise all not to travel overseas at this time including to Bulgaria. If you’re already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. The Bulgarian Government has proclaimed a state of emergency and has temporarily closed the borders to all non-EU citizens until 17 April. This period may be extended. Airlines have reduced the number of flights in and out of Bulgaria. The Ministry of Health has announced a ban on entry into Bulgaria of citizens from high-risk countries (See Travel section). This list may change at short notice. If you are displaying symptoms of the virus, you may be placed under quarantine. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Bulgaria.

issued date: March 30, 2020

Weather

🌀️ Temperature

🌧 Rainfall

General

πŸ”Œ Sockets

Bulgaria uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Bulgarian

Money

πŸ’± 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.

πŸ’³ Cards

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.

🏧 ATMs

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 β€” your standard magnetic card will work fine.

πŸ’β€β™‚οΈ Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is expected in Bulgaria since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Calling

πŸ“‘ Internet

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.

πŸ“± Phones

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.

πŸ“ž Calling

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

πŸ›£οΈ 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.

πŸ†˜ Emergency

Universal

999

Police

999

Ambulance

999

Fire department

999

Useful Information
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Last updated: April 1, 2020