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Internet & Communications in Bulgaria

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Domestic Phones

Domestic telephone service is available in almost all population centres (regardless of size) via PSTN or VoIP.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones are very common in Bulgaria – many people have two or three phones with different providers. There are three networks (M-tel, Globul and Vivacom), all of which use the GSM/3G/HDSPA standard and will soon introduce LTE (4G) on the country’s territory. M-tel is the oldest and largest provider and as such has almost complete nationwide coverage (97% of the country’s territory), with minor exceptions in the higher parts of the mountains. The other two, Globul and Vivacom, offer better mobile internet speeds due to their low penetration.

Tariffs are the average in the European Union (5-40 eurocents per minute, 7 eurocents/SMS). Prepaid cards and subscriptions are available, and some tariffs have special options for international calls at reduced prices. Prepaid cards must be registered with a valid ID or passport.

Internet

Internet access is widespread in Bulgaria, with about 60% of the population having regular access. Broadband internet is available via cable, ADSL, fibre, WiMax and LAN connections. You can also access the internet with your mobile phone, via GPRS or 3G. Speeds are quite fast in the capital – prices are around €10 for 20 Mbit/s, with local access from around 40-100 Mbit/s. Speeds are increasing, with home access for 10 Mbit/s available for around €7.5 per month. Outside Sofia, speeds are much lower, with the fastest being around €7.5 for 10 Mbit/s. Internet cafés are available in most towns and some villages. Computers are not usually available in libraries or public places like train stations, but free wireless access is often available in these public places and at petrol stations. Many pubs and hotels also have free WiFi access. In recent years, wireless access has increased, especially in big cities, but it is still quite limited. Paid WiFi access is also available. The speeds in Bulgaria are surprisingly good! In fact, Bulgaria is among the top 10 countries with the highest wireless internet speeds in the world.

How To Travel To Bulgaria

By planeThere are four international airports in Bulgaria, located in the cities of Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv, but the traditional national airlines (such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Turkish Airways, etc.) only serve Sofia International Airport. However, there are numerous offers for charter and last-minute flights to Varna or...

How To Travel Around Bulgaria

By busThe fastest way to travel around the country is by bus. Buses often connect all major cities (you may need to ask for a taxi or have a taxi take you to the bus station). Timetable information in English is available online ( or ). Always confirm timetables...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Bulgaria

Bulgaria has committed to implementing the Schengen Agreement, although it has not yet done so. For citizens of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), an officially recognised identity card (or passport) is sufficient for entry. For other nationalities,...

Destinations in Bulgaria

Regions in BulgariaNorthern BulgariaLocated between the Danube to the north and the Balkans to the south, it is a lowland region. Also called Moesia in Roman times, the region is full of the remains of ancient fortresses in northern Bulgaria, including the large port city of Sexaginta Prista in...

Accommodation & Hotels in Bulgaria

Finding accommodation in Bulgaria is very easy, regardless of the price. You can find everything from hostels in Sofia and Plovdiv, from very cheap guesthouses along the coast to cheap hotels in all cities and luxury hotels in the big cities. There are many "mountain huts" or villas to...

Things To See in Bulgaria

There is a great variety of historical, natural, religious and artistic sights to see in Bulgaria. Throughout the country there are remains from different eras and periods, societies and peoples, spiritual and artistic figures, creating a beautiful blend of ethnic culture full of unique traditions and rituals, combined with...

Things To Do in Bulgaria

Hiking - This is a popular activity in Bulgaria, where a wide choice of areas for day or multi-day hikes is available. The best time to hike in the higher parts of the mountains is in summer, between the end of June and September, as the snow has already...

Food & Drinks in Bulgaria

Food in BulgariaBulgarian cuisine is representative of the cuisine of South-Eastern Europe. It has some Turkish and Greek influences, but it has some unique elements. The relatively warm climate and diverse geography provide excellent growing conditions for a variety of vegetables, bean, herb and fruit crops. Bulgarian cuisine is...

Money & Shopping in Bulgaria

Money in BulgariaThe Bulgarian currency unit is the Lev (лев, abbreviated "лв", plural: Leva), which comprises one hundred Stotinki. The Lev is pegged to the euro at 1.95583 Leva to the euro (which is the same rate as the old Deutsche Mark, to which the Lev was previously pegged...

Festivals & Holidays in Bulgaria

Holidays in BulgariaThe hanging of Vasil Levski, 19 FebruaryThe day when the Bulgarian people will pay tribute to the life and work of the revolutionary Vasil Levski - the apostle of freedom. (it is not a public holiday)Baba Marta (in Bulgarian: Баба Марта, which means grandmother Marta), 1 MarchA...

Traditions & Customs in Bulgaria

Bulgarians are incredibly friendly and very interested in talking to foreigners. Bulgarians tend to be much more open than some other Eastern Europeans and it is very advisable and useful to engage in dialogue with them. In small towns, especially in the Rhodope Mountains, people may invite you to...

Language & Phrasebook in Bulgaria

Bulgarian is a South Slavic language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet.Bulgarian is mutually intelligible with Macedonian (considered by many Bulgarians to be a variant of Bulgarian) and also closely related to Serbo-Croatian. Russian and other Slavic languages are more distant, but still similar. If you know some of them,...

Culture Of Bulgaria

Traditional Bulgarian culture contains mainly Thracian, Slavic and Bulgarian heritage, as well as Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Persian and Celtic influences. Nine historical and natural objects have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Madara Horseman, the Thracian tombs of Sveshtari and Kazanlak, the Boyana Church, the Rila...

History Of Bulgaria

Prehistory and AntiquityHuman activity on the territory of present-day Bulgaria dates back to the Palaeolithic. It is believed that the animal bones carved in the Kozarnika Cave are the first examples of symbolic human behaviour. Prehistoric societies organised on Bulgarian soil include the Neolithic Hamangia culture, the Vinča culture...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Bulgaria

Stay safe in BulgariaBulgaria is generally a safe country and the people are quite friendly. However, you should use common sense when staying outside the main tourist areas, i.e. don't show too openly that you have money, don't dress too much like a tourist, be careful with your belongings,...

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