Bulgaria

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the Lev (plural Leva), 1 Lev = 100 Stotinki. The ISO code of the currency is BGL. The currency is issued in coins of 1, 2 , 5, 10 , 20 and 50 Stotinki and bills of 1, 2 , 5, 10 , 20 and 50 leva.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Bulgaria , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00.



Transportation

Road
The network is in bad state, especially at the end of the winter. From November to April, important snowfalls turn the traffic difficult. Drive carefully because of the high number of potholes. In case of accident, wait for the police.
The petrol supply facilities are regular (unleaded 95 is available almost everywhere).
Get a civil liability insurance (cost: 20 USD), in addition to the Green card with the "BG" mention.
The tolerated alcohol level in the blood when driving is: 0.5 g/l. There are some frequent police controls.



Rail
Slow, little comfortable but cheap.

Air
Little developed considering the size of the country. Sofia-Bourgas and Sofia - Varna connections are still ensured with jets of soviet manufacture.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .bg



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Da
No = Ne
Thank you = Blagodarya
Hello = Zdravei / Zdrasti
Goodbye= Dovijdane, Sbogom
I do not understand = Ne razbiram
What's the price? How much does it cost? = Kolko struva?
I would like to buy = Iskam da kupia...
Do you accept credit cards? = Priemate li kreditni karti?
Where is...? = Kade e...?
Airport = Letishte
Train station =Gara
Post office = poshta
bank = banka
Police station, the police force = policia
Pharmacy = apteka
A ticket for..., please. = ( Edin) bilet za ...ako obichate / molya.
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Ima (te) li svobodni mesta za tazi vecher?.

 


Languages spoken

Bulgarian is the national language of Bulgaria. In general, the young polyglot Bulgarians also have some knowledge of English and French. Adults in Bulgaria prefer learning German and the elderly population is particularly interested in Russian and French. English is usually used in business. Generally speaking, few Bulgarians speak a foreign language in their daily life.


Last modified in January 2006
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