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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Bulgaria

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Bulgaria that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Bulgaria Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name:Republic Bulgaria
Capital: Sofia
Population:8,3million
Telephone Code:++359
Time Zone:GMT+2
Area:110912 sq km
Language(s):Bulgarian
Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian, Turkish, Gypsi, Jewish, Armenian
Highest Mountain:Rila-peak Musala
President/Head of State:Georgi Parvanov
Government: NDSV+ BSP + DPS
Currency:Leva
Exchange Rat ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Maps

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Links to the online maps:
  • www.bgmaps.com - Bulgarian maps! You can search street/address, wilage or route!!
  • www.topomaps.info - Here you can find free GPS topo maps of Bulgaria for Garmin and Magellan GPS receivers and online topographic map of Bulgaria!

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Trasportation inside the country.

Hitch-hiking

Possible, but only few drivers know English or other forign language. If you want to hitchhiking you need phrase-book and a Bulgarian map to show were you want to go.
The good thing is that there's nowhere forbidden zone for hitch-hiking - you can wave your thumb whenever you want.
But like in the other parts of the world the high ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest.

Hostels

Plovdiv

Hikers hostel - Plovdiv - Saborna Str. 53 - this street is located in the old town in Plovdiv. phone:+359 885 194 553; e-mail: plovdiv@hikers-hostel.org; site: www.hikers-hostel.org/; skype: hikers hostel plovidv

Varna

In Varna you can stay at FLAG VARNA HOSTEL Opalchenska 25 Str., tell. +359 52 64-88-77, e-ma ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants

Sofia

TROPS HOUSE -traditional Bulgarian meals
HAPPY BAR&GRILL - mostly chicken dishes but loads of stuff for vegetarians as well. Reccomended for guys - the waitresses wear mini-skirts;o)

Varna

GODZILA - Great huge sallads, tasty pizza's, pasta, potatoe-meals, alcohol and desserts for low prices! Be aware - it's always overcrowded there so you might have to wait a bit for a place or t ... more

Money and Costs

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National currency - lev.

1 EUR - 2 leva

If you can change your money in the bank office not in the Exchange offices (CHANGE) at the street.
At this moment Exchange offices are the legitimate way to cheat!!

Bulgaria is cheap for eating and drinking in restaurants and pubs.

  • One beer is around 0.70 EUR,
  • hard alcohol - 0,1 dcl is 0.70 EUR on the average.

Food - you can eat pretty much for 2-3 EUR. It w ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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see the link:Bulgarian embassies abroad

see the link:Foreign Embassies in Bulgaria

No visa is required for travel up to 30 days if you are a citizen of the European Union or the United States. For all other countries, please visit the Web site of the Ministry of ... more

Borders and Customs

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When you travel around in Bulgaria you should get a registration card at every hotel where you stay. If you only stay at hc-members you should register at the police together with your host. At the border you have to show these registation cards. If you do not have them, you might pay a penalty, but I do not know anyone who was forced to pay this penalty. [ifrost]
You can always ask at the border, but usually they are more strict at the airports, the others do not care.

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post

In every town and some of the small vilages!

Telephone

You can make international phonecalls in the phonebooths situated usually in the central area of the cities. There is a big board with the prices per minute (not everywhere). It's VOIP connection so not always best quallity but much more cheaper then calling from the post office.

Fax

In the post offices.

Internet Access

Internet cafe's you can find everywhere. It is cheap - ... more

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Bulgariatek aka Teknival - 15th August south of Burgas. This is an underground techno party organized by some checzh soundsystems.

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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http://bluelink.net/en/index.shtml - civil environmental gateway to Bulgaria

Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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There are two things you must be aware of (as well as the Bulgarians themselves) :
1. The taxi-cabs, especially those who are waiting on th estations airports etc... - always try to negotiate!
2. Change bureaus - the most secure way to exchange money is to do it in the banks. Using PIN should be done very carefully. All kind of street deals should be avoided however 'great' and 'safe' they may look like.

Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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You may surf in:

And here some online maps ... more

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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