Bulgaria travel information

Bulgaria

Sofia

Bulgaria is part of Europe with main city at Sofia. Official language is Bulgarian. Bulgaria uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+02:00 with daylight saving time. Find travel information like languages spoken, calling, sim cards, ATM, cards used, currencies used etc.

💱 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.

🏧 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 — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

📡 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.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 11.36 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.

📞 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 .

🔌 Sockets

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

🛣️ 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.

🆘 Emergency

Universal

112

Police

112

Ambulance

112

Fire department

112