Bulgaria is all season tourist destination. The climate is temperate continental, with Black Sea influence from the East and Mediterranean from the South. During summer, the average temperature is around 19-30 degrees C, in winter, the temperatures drop to - 5 degrees C.
Official language: Bulgarian. English, German, French and Russian are widely spoken in the country's resorts, hotels and restaurants.
Country dialling code: 359
Time zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from April to September).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
Main cities: Sofia ( 1,15 million ), Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Veliko Turnovo, etc.
Currency: The Bulgarian currency is Lev, plural Leva. The currency is fixed to the euro - 1 euro = 1,95583 leva. Points of exchange are open at banks, hotels, railway stations, airports and main streets. Credit cards are usually accepted at big hotels, restaurants and shops and there are a lot of ATM in the cities and the big towns.
Official Holidays: January 01, March 03, Easter Monday, May 01, May 06, May 24, September 06, September 22, December 25-26
Useful telephone numbers: Police - 166, Ambulance - 150, Road assistance - 146
Shopping: Shops generally open 09:00-18:00 on weekdays and until 14:00 Saturdays (some department stores open until 20:00 or 21:00 weekdays) and even on Sundays in the big cities.
Sofia Airport: 15 km from downtown. The transfer from the airport to the central railway station ( Tsentralna Gara ) – is by bus no 84, changing for bus no. 213, 214, 313 or 305 at Pliska Stop. Price of a single ticket is 0,50 leva ( 0,25 Euro ). Extra ticket is needed for big suitcase at the same price.
Taxis in Sofia: Taxis wait at taxi ranks in front of hotels and can be hailed on the street. Some of the companies are OK Supertrans, Ricars, Yes and Yellow, Taxi for 1 euro, etc. On the street, tourists should stick to the yellow taxis that indicate the journey’s cost on their meters. There is no additional charge for luggage in yellow taxis. A supplement is charged at night. It is customary to round up the amount owed as the tip.