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Bulgaria Mini Guide
    Source: World Travel Guide


Bulgaria's spectacular mountains, golden beaches, and vibrant cities have begun attracting hordes of eager-eyed tourists over the past few years, and with them much has been transformed in this crossroads between the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

The country's mammoth changes have seen its cities and resorts undergoing construction booms galore, tempting buyers from Western Europe with relatively cheap property and stunning  landscapes.

Bulgaria' beautiful beach and ski resorts are expanding quickly as a result and have lured visitors away from more expensive European destinations with low-priced lift passes and accommodation options. The main cities have shrugged off their weary Communist-era image and have become vibrant and attractive, with well-kept boulevards, varied shopping, and lively nightlife. In contrast, many towns and villages have preserved the authentic Bulgarian spirit and hospitality- the country is especially proud of its rich folklore traditions.

Hikers will find a variety of mountain ranges covering much of the country, with plenty of extraordinary wildlife to be glimpsed along the way. The walking trails are well mapped, taking hikers through forests, past lakes and waterfalls, with the chance to glimpse bears, wolves, and lynx. Those keen on caving and kayaking will also find plenty to entertain them, while skiing and snowshoeing is also popular here.

Of course, the attraction that brings most visitors to Bulgaria is its remarkably unspoiled beaches strewn along the Black Sea coast. Less-visited, less-developed, and with lots of facilities for water sports, Bulgaria's sandy beaches are the equal to almost any of the more popular coastal spots in the Mediterranean. What's more, you'll find many aged seaside towns complete with cobbled streets and historic buildings. Indeed, those interested in history will find Bulgaria a haven of Byzantine heritage, with a long tradition of Orthodox Christian churches and religious art. There are also a number of intriguing, secluded monasteries that are worth visiting, especially for their detailed murals.



Passport Required?









Other EU


Visa Required?









Other EU


Return Ticket Required?









Other EU




Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except:
(a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.

Note: EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. They are not required to show possession of a return ticket, a certain length of validity on their document, or sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit.

For non-EU nationals, possession of a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of the proposed visit are required.


Visas are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for the following lengths of visit to Bulgaria:
(a) Nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days; for stays longer than 90 days EU nationals need to register with the local police and obtain the appropriate permit.
(b) Nationals of Australia, Canada and USA for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

Types and Cost

Short-stay visa: £52


Short-stay visas are valid for 90 days within a six-month period.



Lev (BGN; symbol лв) = 100 stotinki. Notes are in denominations of лв100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of лв1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 stotinki.

Note: (a) The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate; €1 = лв1.955. (b) Notes dated 1997 and earlier are now out of circulation.

Currency Exchange

Visitors are advised to exchange money at banks, at large hotels and at independent currency exchange offices, where the rates are clearly displayed. Travellers should not be tempted by a ‘better rate' offered at unofficial sources on the street. It is illegal for commission to be charged when changing money at official offices.  No store, bank or bureau de change will accept mutilated, torn or excessively dirty foreign currency.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in large cities, in larger hotels and car hire offices, and in some restaurants and shops, mainly in Sofia. However, Bulgaria is still a country that operates mainly on cash. ATMs are widespread, although it is best to check with the relevant bank/card provider prior to travel. Not all Bulgarian bank machines accept every overseas credit or debit card; it may take more than one attempt to withdraw cash successfully.

Traveller's Cheques

Accepted in major hotels and restaurants, although cash is far more common. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.

Banking Hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1600.

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Special Precautions



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Yellow Fever


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.


Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, can cause mild abdominal upsets if in remote areas. Some travellers may prefer to drink bottled water for the first few weeks of their stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. All food is prepared with a good level of hygiene.

Other Risks

Hepatitis B is endemic. Hepatitis C may occur. Tick-borne encephalitis exists. Immunisation against tuberculosis is sometimes recommended.

Health Care

If European visitors or any of their dependants are suddenly taken ill or have an accident during a visit to Bulgaria, free or reduced-cost necessary treatment is available - in most cases on production of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). All nationals are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance.


Getting There

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Bulgaria Air (website: British Airways (, easyJet (, and Wizz Air ( also operate direct flights from the UK. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Sofia is 3 hours. From New York to Sofia is 11 hours (including stopover).

Main Airports

Sofia (SOF) (website: is 10km (6 miles) east of the city (journey time - 20 minutes). To/from the airport: Buses run from near the arrivals terminal to the city centre regularly throughout the day. Taxis are also available; ensure the meter is used. Otherwise agree a price in advance, taking advice from a local. The airport advises its passengers to use the taxi company OK Supertrans (tel: (02) 973 2121; website: Facilities: Banks and currency exchange (24 hours), post office, duty-free shop, nursery, restaurant, bar and car hire.

Varna (VAR) (website: is 9km (5.5 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: A bus service to Varna city centre departs every 20 minutes from each of the two terminals. Taxis are also available. Facilities: Outgoing duty-free shops, banking and currency exchange (24 hours), Internet, ATM, restaurant, bar and car hire.

Bourgas (BOJ) (website: is 13km (8 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: A bus service departs every 20 minutes to the city centre. Taxis are also available. Facilities: Outgoing duty-free shop, banking and currency exchange (24 hours), restaurant, bar and car hire (by prior arrangement).

Departure Tax


Getting There by Water

Main ports: Bourgas (website: and Varna (website: on the Black Sea.

The official ferry crossing point from Romania is from Calafat to Vidin.

Getting There by Rail

Bulgarian State Railways (tel: (02) 932 4190; frequents between Sofia and Budapest, Belgrade, and Bucharest.

Rail Passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, 15 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children under 12 are free whne traveling with an adult using an adult pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations, and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from (tel: +44 844 848 5848, un the UK;  


Varies according to altitude. Summers are warmest with some rainfall, with the south feeling the influence of the Mediterranean. The best months to visit are mid-June to September when the days are long and sunny. Winters are cold with snowfall in the mountains. It rains frequently during spring and autumn.

Required Clothing

Mediumweights most of the year; warmer outdoor wear necessary in winter.



Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK
186-188 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HL, UK
Tel: (020) 7584 9400 or 0906 550 8950 or (020) 7589 3763 (visa section; individual enquiries; Mon-Fri 1300-1600 only).
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1330 (consular section)

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the USA
1621 22nd Street, Dimitar Peshev Plaza NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 387 0174 or 7969 (consular office: Mon-Fri 1400-1700 only).
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1730; Mon-Fri 0900-1230 (consular section).



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