Bulgaria Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bulgaria

Where is it: Bulgaria is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey.

Why do people go here: Bulgaria is a cheap destination for those who wish to hit up the Black Sea coastline for a beach stay, or the slopes for a wintertime adventure.

What are the main entry points: Those with circular routes will come up from Turkey or Greece, or down from Romania, via train or bus. The quality of bus versus train service varies depending on the country; ask around before you pick one.

Currency used: Lev

Country Code for Phones: 359

Area codes for Major Cities: Sofia 2

Religion: Bulgarian Orthodox 83.8%, Muslim 12.1%, Roman Catholic 1.7%, Jewish 0.1%, Protestant, Gregorian-Armenian, and other 2.3%

Population: 7.6 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 83.9% Bulgarians, 9.4% Turkish, 4.7% Roma, 2% other groups

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: Bulgarian, secondary languages closely correspond to ethnic breakdown

Travel Information

Major Cities: Sofia

Attractions: Black Sea, slopes, Sofia

Accommodation: Bulgaria Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Bulgaria-Assoc. of Tourism & Recreation 1 Lenin Square Sofia, Bulgaria +359-2-84-131

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Melnik, Sliven, Balchik, Madara

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Bulgaria, however, officials can demand proof of health insurance

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Thinking about a summer at the sideside? You and a few million tourists. Try visiting during the mild spring, instead.

Common Phrases: Good morning=Dobro utro, Good afternoon=Dobãr den, Good evening=Dobãr vecer, Good night=Leka nošt, Goodbye=Doviždane, Welcome= dobre došãl

Specific Events/Holidays: Liberation Day, 3 March (1878)

Getting Around: Private buses and trains compete with government owned enterprises, resulting in cheap, but not always reliable, transportation.

Good to know: Bulgaria is known as a minor oil producer.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Bulgaria is the Sofia Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Bulgaria travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.


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