Currency in Bulgaria: What to pay with and is it expensive in Bulgaria?


The currency in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Lev (1 BGN), which is divided into 100 stotinki. As for banknotes, we have them in denominations: 1 BGN, 2 BGN, 5 BGN, 10 BGN, 20 BGN, 50 BGN and 100 BGN. Coins are available in denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 stotinki and 1 and 2 lev. For one euro we will get 1.93 lev.

Is Bulgaria expensive?

Not really – on the coast and in the capital – Sofia, prices are higher, but holidays in this place will not ruin us. Holidays in Bulgaria are still at the forefront of cheaper countries where you can relax.

A weekly stay in an economical version, purchased at our travel agencies costs about 300 euro (flight, full board, full season). Slightly better conditions can be expected if we spend about 400 euro per week in one of the resorts on the Black Sea. In turn, a quite comfortable vacation will ensure that we leave the office if we pay 600 euro for seven days per person for the holidays.

Cost of living in Bulgaria / Is it expensive in Bulgaria? How much money to take to Bulgaria?
Cost of living in Bulgaria / Is it expensive in Bulgaria? How much money to take to Bulgaria?

Cost of living in Bulgaria

Renting an apartment (apartment) with one bedroom in the city center for a month costs from 100 to 400 euro. Similar, but located outside the central part of the city is an expenditure of 100 to 300 euro. To this amount you have to add fees for electricity, heating, water and garbage, i.e. from 50 to 150 euro, depending on the area and consumption. Internet needed so much for living is from 7-15 euro a month.

How much money do you take to Bulgaria for a week?

It all depends on what type of vacation we have bought. With a week-long all-inclusive stay, when we mainly spend time on the beach or by the pool, the amount of pocket money can be really symbolic. Then even 45-90 euro is enough to buy souvenirs, take advantage of some attractions, or go for an evening drink to an outside restaurant.

If you are going to visit something but not go crazy with money then 100-150 euro per person may be enough. At the same time, it should be noted that nutrition only in gastronomic establishments generates additional costs, so with this amount, it may not be enough money for everything. Unless someone mainly eats fast-food alone.

The truth is that for every trip abroad it is worth exchanging a lot of cash, and if we run out of money, then you can have payment cards ready. All the more if we are consumed by a shopping spree.


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