Bulgaria is very active in developing of tourism, so the prices here are still not so high as at other European resorts, the service is quite decent, and the locals are friendly and always ready to help. A separate advantage, in our opinion, is not crowded beaches, warm sea with clear water and beautiful nature.
Briefly about the currency of Bulgaria – where to change?
The currency of Bulgaria is lev. Its cost can be found almost on any page of our site. It is enough to point at the inscription “lev” . At the same time, if the price is specified, for example 4.5 levs, you can immediately find out how much it costs in dollars or euros. In our opinion, this is convenient.
Where to change dollars or euros to the levs?
The exchange rate of other currencies to the BGN in Bulgaria is quite stable. The euro has already been around 5-7 years for about 1.90-1.97 levs.
Exchange rates in exchangers are often very tempting, but there is a high probability to be deceived: hidden commissions, a completely different real rate, old banknotes that no longer in use. In hotels you can change easily, but the course is not profitable. The best option is to change in the bank. The course is normal, and you will not be deceived.
Approximate prices in Bulgaria for food and restaurants
The prices for food in Bulgaria depend heavily from the resort in which you will rest. To expensive resorts in Bulgaria we include Sunny Beach, Golden Sands and Nessebar, In Ravda and Aheloy the prices are average. In Pomorie, Balchik, Varna and Burgas you can count on low prices.
Prices for food and products in supermarkets and markets of Bulgaria
The prices in supermarkets from the resort to the resort do not jump as much as in restaurants. In Pomorie (a cheap resort), prices in stores are about 50-60% lower than in Sunny Beach (expensive resort).
To orient yourself – in Bulgaria products costs almost the same as we have, even slighty cheaper. But the quality of even inexpensive food from supermarkets meets European standards, so you don`t have to worry. You should not take water, bread and canned food with you – it’s all easier and cheaper to buy on the place.
Exact prices for food and products in Bulgaria can be found in a note about food in Bulgaria and its price.
Food prices in Bulgarian restaurants
The prices in restaurants from the chosen resort depends very much. For example, we were told that in Sunny Beach for exactly the same dinner you should pay 5-10 times more than in Pomorie. In our experience – you can believe in this information. Yes, and reviews about prices in restaurants in Sunny Beach are not the best.
To make it easier for you to navigate, we compiled an indicative menu for two. Let’s calculate how much the average check will come out, if you have lunch together in a small cozy restaurant overlooking the sea in Pomorie resort (the prices are valid at the beginning of the 2016 season).
So, we will order, for example, a portion of pork that costs 4.40 lv for 400 g for a man and squid in oil (200 g.) for 6.70 lv for girl. Chicken sticks with sesame seeds, which cost 6,50 lv for 200 g. You can also take a portion of scrambled eggs, which will cost 2.80 lv for 250 g. Well, some drinks, let’s say 10 levs.
After a delicious snack, we will ask for a check and get: the price of a good dinner at the restaurant 30.4 levі. In fact, a little more, because a small change is usually left to the waiter. We chose far from the cheapest dishes, ate well and very tasty, paid decently, but not too expensive.
Over time, we will try to write a separate detailed article about prices in restaurants in Bulgaria. In the meantime, we advise you to look at the article with prices in Pomorie, there are exact prices for about 20 dishes.
Prices for souvenirs and purchases in Bulgaria
To be honest, Bulgaria does not have much to buy. Exept cosmetics, the Bulgarian rose, slightly cheaper silver, knitted tablecloths and delicious honey, nothing immediately comes on mind.
Of course, the shelves are full of various purely tourist things: magnets, shells, T-shirts and mugs, shawls, trinkets and even fur coats from Greece. But buying all this (especially not very cheap) somehow does not pull at all – it’s waste of money.
Souvenirs in Bulgaria are not so expensive as in Europe, but still not cheap.
Recommend you to read: exact prices for Bulgarian souvenirs and ideas what to bring from Bulgaria for gifts.
In what city of Bulgaria better shopping?
Burgas is actively advertised on the Internet as the best city for shopping. In fact, the prices there are quite high. Plus a lot of fakes for brands.
We would advise you to go shopping in Varna or immediately to Istanbul (from Bulgaria it is not so far away) – the choice is good, and prices does not high.
If you just want to buy all kinds of purely tourist things, you can safely buy them at your resort – you will not get a significant savings between the cheapest resort and the most expensive one.
For comparison, a set of cosmetics Bulgarian rose in Pomorie (the cheapest city on the coast from all where we were) costs 7,5 levs, and in Nessebar (expensive city) you can find it for [ Lev k = 12]10-12 levs[/lev]. Tickets from Nessebar to Pomorie and back will cost7 levs per person.
That is, if you want to go for buying only souvenirs, you have to collect a lot of them. Especially if you are traveling alone.
Prices of transport and taxi in Bulgaria
Public transport in Bulgaria goes regularly and is not very expensive. For example, to Varna it goes about 2 hours. For the ticket we paid 12 levs. The bus was comfortable, the air conditioner worked well.
Taxi in Bulgaria is quite expensive. It costs from 2.5 levs per kilometer in Pomorie to 4 levs in Sunny Beach. At the same time, tourists are often deceived – we saw how for 2 kilometers from Sunny Beach to Nessebar payed 35 euros …
We can give only one advise – do not hesitate to bargain with taxi drivers and try to at least a little navigate the distances on the map.
And what about the prices for car rental in Bulgaria?
Car rental in Bulgaria is a separate topic. Local companies actively offer to rent a car from $ 10 per day, write it on a signboard, etc. It is clear that in fact the price will be 2-3 times higher. To inexperienced tourists to rent a car on a place is not very profitable option – it will be more expensive.
Search for cars on the sites of local companies is quite difficult – there is rarely relevant information, some do not support English versions, and many companies you simply will not find. Therefore, we advise you to use meta-search engines that compare the offers of leading companies and select the most favorable options for you.
Looking on the Internet, we picked up for you the two best, in our opinion, the search engines with low prices for car rental in Bulgaria:
- Rentalcars.com – a reliable and proven search engine that works only with the largest international companies.
Based on our own experience, we can say that these prices are fairly honest – you will pay exactly how much you saw in the search, the price includes insurance, and if necessary change the reservation date or even cancel it – it can be done for free.
We recommend you to choose this service.
- Economybookings.com – offers the lowest prices on the Internet for car rental, works with a huge number of local companies.
In this there are also disadvantages – the dispersion of the level of service can be very large, local companies do not always work honestly and punctually.
Also, this service is “famous” for the desire to set a low initial price, and then demand an additional payment for additional services.
In spite of the fact that the affiliate program of the second service is more generous (we will get more money for the recommendation), we still advise you to choose the first one – in our opinion it works more honestly, there are no problems with it.
Prices for gasoline in Bulgaria:
- 95 gasoline costs about 2,19 levs per liter
- The price of diesel fuel, too 2,19 levs per liter
- Gas for the car will cost0,98 levs per liter
- But household gas, which is also sold at gas stations, is worth 2,60 levs per liter.
Prices for excursions and travelling in Bulgaria
Excursions around Bulgaria were surprisingly expensive. For example, prices for excursions in Bulgaria were comparable to prices in Montenegro, but their quality is much lower. Why it is so is not clear.
From the excursions we advise you to choose only those that occupy the whole day and take you deep into the country.
Coastal resorts are much easier and cheaper to look independently, having traveled by public transport.
More information: What to choose in Bulgaria: self-tourism or excursions?
Prices for individual excursions in Bulgaria
Unfortunately, Bulgaria is a country in which tourism has just begun to develop. Individual excursions here are not so much offered, and their price is high. Nevertheless, we advise you to take a closer look at these two sites:
- On this site you can found inexpensive tours, which are definitely more profitable than from the tour operator (more time, the car instead of the bus, and the price is the same).
- And here there are a lot of expensive excursions that you can not buy in any agency. By the way, they can got you to Western Europe, Rumunia, Istanbul.
Other links with prices and tips for tourists:
- How to go to Bulgaria on your own: where to buy tickets, insurance and rent a hotel?
- What you need to know about Bulgaria – our advices to tourists.
- Food in Bulgaria – how much does food cost and where to buy it?
- Souvenirs from Bulgaria – what to bring, where to buy and how much will it cost?
- Prices for excursions in Bulgaria – what do they offer and how much does it costs?
- Currency in Bulgaria – what course, how to change and how not to let yourself cheated?
- Choosing the best resort in Bulgaria – sharing first impressions.
- All about the beaches in Bulgaria – what to expect and where to sunbathe?
- Selection of the most beautiful pictures of Bulgaria.