PRACTICAL INFORMATION .
Emergency calls 112
GMT/UTC + 02:00 hour (March-October)
GMT/UTC + 03:00 hour (October-March)
The currency in Bulgaria is the Lev (1 Euro = 1.95583 BGN)
In order to make an outgoing international call to Bulgaria, the country code is +359.
Bulgarian is the official language in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Using Money in Bulgaria
Money can be exchanged in banks and change bureaus. Ask your liaison officer or at the hotel reception to recommend a bank or bureau nearby. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner’s Club cards are accepted at almost every establishment that accepts payment by credit card. If any of the following logos appear on your card: MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, Diners Club or Discover you will be able to withdraw money from the ATMs in Sofia. It is important to check whether your home bank has authorized your card for international use if you plan on using a debit card.
220V ±10% electrical supply. Supply frequency is 50Hz.
Plug socket in use is the two-pinned Type F, also known as “Schuko”.
Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe, in the northeast part of the Balkan Peninsula. It falls within the southern part of the temperate climate zone with subtropical influence. Its location on the transition line between two climate zones influences the climate, soils, vegetation and animal species. All of them are characterized by great diversity.
The country’s geographic position also determines the relatively wide angle of sunlight that falls on the country, making the country predominantly sunny. The Black and the Aegean Sea also influence the country’s climate.
The average winter temperatures are around -2/-3 degrees C and the average summer temperatures are around +24/+25 degrees C.
Bulgaria is proud of its pristine nature and amazing biodiversity, which is preserved in the mountains, parks and nature reserves. The country occupies only 2% of Europe’s territory but with more than 40 000 cultural monuments and artefacts, it is in third place in Europe. Seven of them are included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage Sites. This includes prehistoric artefacts, Thracian and Roman heritage, historical monuments from the First and the Second Bulgarian Kingdoms, and architectural landmarks from the Age of Bulgarian Renaissance. As a recognition of its ancient cultural heritage, Plovdiv was selected as 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Traditionally known for its sun, sand and sea, the Bulgarian seaside also offers hiking, biking, golf, yachting and visits to natural, cultural and archaeological sites. The country is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the Balkans with its major ski resorts Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo.
The healing power of mineral springs has been used since the time of the Thracians and the Romans. With more than 600 healing mineral thermal spas, healing climate and curative mud, Bulgaria is a competitive and medical spa destination. Mineral springs located in the southern part of the country are influenced by the Mediterranean climate, other springs are also found in mountain regions and along the Black Sea coast.
You are welcome to discover and share Bulgaria as a four-season tourist destination.