ECPR Standing Groups
University of Sofia, Standing Group on Organised Crime
5 - 6 July 2019

Useful Information


Tourist Information Centre, 22 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.

Tel: +359 (2) 491 83 44


Website: visit Sofia


Banks and Currency Information

The monetary unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is the lev (BNG). Since 1997, the country has been governed by a currancy board and the value of the lev has been pegged to the Euro, at a fixed rate of 1 EUR  - 1.95583 BNG.

Currency can be exchanged in banks or in any of the countries many currency exchange offices. Some of which also open during national holidays. Euro-cheques can be exchanged in banks.

Most Bulgarian hotels and stores now accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club credit cards.

Most banks are open from 09:00 to 16:30 Monday - Friday.


Cash Machines / ATM

In most banks and shopping centres.



In general, visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria if your stay does not exceed 90 days:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (British Citizen Passport Holders and British Nationals /Overseas/ only), USA, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela, SAR - China (Hong Kong, Makao) All holders of passports from countries not mentioned in the list above need visas to enter Bulgaria. 


Emergency Numbers

112 is a European single emergency number 

Dial 112 for any emergency that requires an ambulance, fire department or police.



International dialling code for Bulgaria is +359

The area code for Sofia is 2



Type C, E or F European 2-Pin

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.



Tipping staff in service sectors is customary in Bulgaria. 

10% of total bill average tip amount


Useful Phrases

Hello Zdraveĭte
Goodbye Dovizhdane
Please Molya te
Thank you Blagodarya ti
Entrance Vkhod
Exit Izkhod
Train station Gara
Bus station Avtobusna spirka
Airport Letishte
Cash machine Bankomat
Doctor Lekar
Hospital Bolnitsa

"...the good of man must be the objective of the science of politics" - Aristotle

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