Practical Bulgaria 

Where To Stay

Bulgaria has some 300 international hotels, half located in the Black Sea resorts. In all major cities and tourist areas there are first-class hotels, many jointly managed with Western partners. In Sofia, you can stay at deluxe hotels like the Balkan and the Sofia, or the first-class Rila, Europa, Rodina and Grand Sofia. Rates start at approximately $55 for a single and $78 for a double.


Arriving & Departing: There is nonstop service between New York and Sofia, and regular service to Sofia from major European cities. Express trains to European centers run frequently. Bulgaria collects a border-crossing fee of $23 per person. 

Getting Around: For information on the Bulgarian and Balkan Flexipasses, see by rail


New Year’s Day, National Liberation Day (March 3), Easter Sunday and Monday (April 27 and 28), Labor Day (May 1), Day of Bulgarian Culture and the Cyrillic Alphabet (May 24), Christmas.


Money Picture 

Currency can be exchanged in unlimited quantities at the exchange bureaus in major hotels and resort areas and at most banks. Banks are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The lev is divided into 100 stotinki. $1= 359 BGL as of Dec. 2, 1996.

Free Literature

For literature and further information, contact: 

Bulgarian Tourist Info Office:
20 E. 46th St.
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 822-5900
Fax: (212) 822-5910