Translated by: John Agrafiotis

Last updated: Dec 18, 2023 @ 1:02 pm


p style=”text-align:justify;”>Currency: Lev, 1€=1.96 BGN. Euro (€) is widely accepted.
Driving license: EU citizens just need the European driving license. Non EU citizens must have an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Visa – Passport: European Union member-states and the citizens of the countries in the Economic European Area don’t need a Visa. Check this page for further information.
Border Crossing: Border crossing between Greece-Bulgaria and Romania-Bulgaria it’s easy. There is no control; you just show your passport or a valid EU ID. Border crossing from Serbia, FYROM and Turkey are also easy, but expect delays due the traffic.
Insurance: EU citizens just need a Green Card. For non EU citizens, make sure that your International Motor Insurance Card is valid for Bulgaria.
Time Zone: GMT +2
Banks – Credit Cards: ATMs can be found easily in big cities and tourist resorts and credits cards are widely accepted.
Fuel: Unleaded 95 costs about 0,89€ (12/2020). Credit cards are accepted in most fuel stations.
Lights: Mandatory 24h.
Equipment: Drivers and passengers must wear crash helmets.
Maximum Allowed Blood Alcohol Level: 0,05%
Speed Limits: 130 km/h (80 m/h) on motorways, 90 km/h (56 m/h) on other roads outside built-up areas, 50 km/h (31 m/h) in built-up areas
Fines: On the spot fines are charged for minor violations.
Tolls:A toll ticket valid for 10 days costs 10BGN (~5€). It can be bought at the borders, in banks or gas stations (except Petrol and Rompetrol).
Useful Phone Numbers:
European emergency number: 112
Ambulance: 150
Police: 166
Fire Department: 160
Οδική βοήθεια: 146

Useful links
Wikitravel Bulgaria
Welcome to Bulgaria, official tourism page
Lonely Planet Bulgaria

Related trips:
Motorcycle Diaries: “Balkans” (In Greek language only)
RoGASmaniacs (with quite a few Bulgarian touches) (In Greek language only)
Green Routes in Balkans vol 5 (In Greek language only)
Ex – Yugoslavia (In Greek language only)
Green Routes in Balkans vol 2 (In Greek language only)
Balkan Express the Black Ribbon Tour (in Greek language only)
Ro-mania & around (in Greek language only)
Balkan Express: the joy of the road (in Greek language only)
Travelling to the beautiful Romania (in Greek language only)
Time machines (in Greek language only)

* If you are from Bulgaria or have been recently in Bulgaria and you would like to add some information or correct some of the above listed, do not hesitate to contact us.

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