Currency can be exchanged in banks or any of the country’s currency exchange offices. ATMs are also widely available.
Most Bulgarian hotels, restaurants, stores, and large petrol stations accept standard credit and debit cards (mainly Visa and MasterCard). However, smaller hotels, restaurants, shops, and petrol stations may accept payments in cash only.
Travelling around Bulgaria with children is also very safe. Likewise, women travellers will not find any trouble. However, note that women may be requested to wear appropriate clothes covering their head and shoulders with a headscarf to enter churches and monasteries.
Tap water is generally safe and drinkable. Bottled mineral water is cheap and widely available.
The country’s emergency phone number is 112.
Before travelling, EU citizens and residents are encouraged to request a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – issued by your national health insurance provider – as it gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in an EU country at the same cost and under the same conditions as Bulgarian nationals.
It is strongly recommended that all travellers hold an adequate insurance cover for medical expenses – which will not be covered by the EHIC – arising through illness or accident and including emergency repatriation. Note that credit cards sometimes provide such insurance.
Velstana will strive to select the best accommodation matching your requirements and tastes.
There are several kinds of places to eat. Restaurants can be found everywhere and offer all kinds of possible cuisine. Most of them serve continuously.
Bulgarian cuisine is rich and diverse. You will have an opportunity to taste it in traditional taverns (or mehana in Bulgarian), usually accompanied by Bulgarian folk music and decoration.
Note that tips are usually not included in the bill. Leaving a 10%-tip to the waiter or rounding up the bill is recommended.
Velstana will provide you with tips and suggestions about where to eat and drink throughout your journey.
The country has four main international airports, namely Sofia, Burgas, Varna, and Plovdiv. During the summer season, there are direct charter flights to the Black Sea resorts (served by Burgas and Varna airports).
In order to make your tailor-made journey as smooth as possible, Velstana recommends and arranges for you the best ways to get around the country, including car rental, private transfers, or car rental with a driver via its partner companies.
Speed cameras have been installed on the main routes.
Note also that you are required to drive with headlights in Bulgaria even during daytime throughout the entire year.
Bulgaria’s phone code is +359.
There are three service providers in the country, namely Vivacom, Telenor, and А1.
Other practical information
In other words, when it is 11:00 in Paris, Brussels, or Rome, it is 12:00 in Bulgaria and 10:00 in London or Dublin.
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Is Bulgaria safe for tourists?
Bulgaria has been a member of the European Union and NATO since 2007 and 2004, respectively. It is a very safe country, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Crime level is low. The threat of terrorism is also relatively low, even lower than in Western Europe.