Traveling to Bulgaria – things to know before visiting

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When is the most convenient time for traveling to Bulgaria?

The answer is – depending on what you want to do.

Bulgaria offers many activities not only in the warm season but also during the winter.

If you want skiing, then the best time is from December till the end of March. Summer is the best time for going to a seaside and hiking in the mountains where the weather is times cooler than in the cities, especially these ones located in the middle of the country such as Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo.

September and May in general are the best time for all kind of activities (excluding skiing of course). It is the best time to go to mountains, to visit the cities and sometimes you can even go to the beach. The weather during these months is warm and pleasant.

Is traveling around Bulgaria save?

Yes, Bulgaria is as safe as all other European countries are. In busy places and some resorts like Sunny beach just be aware of some strange people and make sure that all your belongings are at secure places.

Is it expensive in Bulgaria?

The answer is no. Actually Bulgaria is one of the cheaper countires in Europe and this is not on account of lower quality. On the contrary you can find the same quality of food and service in small cosy restaurant for half price compared to those in Western Europe. For example a dinner for two in a middle range restaurant will cost you around 50 lv (25 euro). Most museums and attractions will charge you an entrance fee between 5 and 15 BGN per person. Acomodation in the center range from 30 BGN to 100 BGN per person, depending on what are you searching for.

The museum of Sofia is showing the history of the city. Don’t miss to pass by and to learn interesting facts about the capital of Bulgaria.

Are there any WiFi hot spots in Bulgaria?

One of the biggest problem going abroad is where and how to use internet if we cannot use our operator. Don’t worry on that topic, Bulgaria is one of the best places to be in regard to internet conection and wifi spots.

There are many options to use internet without switshing to your mobile operator. And you probably don’t know, but the internet speed is one of the fastest in the world.

In general almost all caffees and restaurant has it’s own wifi which is free for their visitors. Apart from that there are many areas with free wifi connection such as airport, libraries, squares, even some parks. Check this map with thousands free wifi spots https://wifispc.com/bulgaria And also you can check this one https://www.wiman.me

Accommodation in Bulgaria

A room in a hotel will cost around 50 lv overnight and the prices in hostels are almost the same. The best choise for big cities is airbnb. An average price for two guests on airbnb would be the same as the price for one in hotel. But the best thing is that you will be able to see typical Bulgarian home, to receive some suggestions for your staying and to feel the local life. The prices typically include free WiFi.

Is it easy to travel around the country?

When travel across Bulgaria you can choose between buses and trains. The traveling with train is the cheapest option but it can be twice as long as the bus for the same direction.

Main cities are well connected with bus net and in general you can easily reach from the Eastern to the Western point of Bulgaria. That’s means that only in one day you can lying on the beach in the morning and to have a dinner in some mountain resort in the evening.

Most of the cities have very good internal bus systems and also are well-covered with taxis. The taxis are again the most cheapest one in Europe, so they are affordable way to get around. The capital of Bulgaria Sofia has also a metro. There are several local apps that helping people to use the local transport, but in general you can use this one to plan your trip https://moovit.com/

The lion’s bridge and a tram in Sofia

Communication with locals

Most young people in Bulgaria speak English and very likely will try to help you if you ask for something. Of course you can learn some phrases before going there. Here I prepared the most used ones.

Exchanging money in Bulgaria

The local currency in Bulgaria is lev (BGN). It is better to have some cash in levs once you are in Bulgaria, as if you decide to pay in euro then you will pay more. There are many exchange offices in each town which are offering very good exchange rate and some of them are working 24 hours. Here are some for Sofia.

Most big shops, restaurants and hotels are also accepting foreign cards, but for smaller one be prepared with cash. And while we mentioned the 24 working hours

You will be surprised how many shops in Sofia are working 24 hours. Those are mainly providing some snacks, alcohol and other things of necessity, but is good to know that you can rely on them in case you need something.

These are the most important things I’m researching for when traveling to some country and I hope they will be useful for you. Of course Bulgarians as all other nations have their specific features, that may look strange on first sight, especially if you are coming from the west.  Don’t be shoked, just check this one and be ready for your trip to Bulgaria. Cultural specific things you will encounter in Bulgaria.