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Travel advise: payments in Bulgaria
Jet off well-informed to Bulgaria. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Bulgaria.
Yes. International credit and debit card payments are widely accepted all across Bulgaria, including in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and the seaside resorts of Burgas and Sunny Beach on the Black Sea.
Cards issued by Mastercard, Maestro, Visa and Diners Club are widely supported. Cards issued by American Express may not be supported by some vendors.
Be aware that in smaller towns and villages, off the beaten track, shops and smaller supermarkets may only accept cash.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank’s BGN to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Bulgaria it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It’s best to take some cash with you when you travel to Bulgaria. Although cards are widely accepted in Bulgaria, some vendors may not be able to accept international cards and ask for cash payment. Minimum spend may also apply for payments by card, since vendors are not allowed to charge extra for card payments under EU rules.
Cash remains an important means of payment in Bulgaria and it is a great fallback option. Taxi drivers, street vendors and tour guides will often only accept cash. Cash, especially smaller banknotes and coins, is also useful for tipping.
A coffee will cost somewhere between 1 lev in small town cafes to 2-3 leva in tourist-heavy areas of Sofia and the Black Sea resorts.
A three-course dinner for two people in a mid-range restaurant costs around 40 leva, not including tips.
The cost of living in Bulgaria is quite cheap compared to prices in the UK.
Tipping is very common in Bulgaria and in many cases expected. In cafes, paying an extra 1 or 2 levs is good practice.
In bars and nightclubs tips are 2-5 leva. In restaurants, add 10% extra to the bill if you’re happy about the service.
Taxi drivers usually round up the fares, adding 2-3 leva extra.
Banknotes in Bulgaria
The banknotes in Bulgaria are all ‘new lev’ banknotes. The old lev banknotes were replaced in 1999 at a rate of 1000 old leva for 1 new. Make sure not to accept any banknotes dated before 1999, as they are obsolete and worth only 1/1000 of current, new leva.
Bulgarian Leva banknotes in circulation are 5 leva, 10 leva, 20 leva, 50 leva and 100 leva. The banknotes of 1 lev and 2 leva have been replaced by coins.
Coins in Bulgaria
Bulgarian coins range from 1 stotinka (0.01 lev) to 2 leva. Did you get back from Bulgaria with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Bulgarian Lev coins back to cash.
Bulgaria’s currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of Bulgarian Leva into or from Bulgaria, as long as the equivalent value is less than €10,000 EUR.
For amounts with a value of €10,000 EUR and more, a cash declaration needs to be made upon arrival or departure, if you are traveling from/to a destination outside the European Union.
Ordering Bulgarian Leva online
Order Bulgarian Leva online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Bulgarian Leva online.
Selling back Bulgarian Leva
If you have Bulgarian Leva to sell, follow this link to exchange Bulgarian Leva to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘BGN Bulgarian Lev’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Bulgarian Leva.