Money & duty free for Bulgaria

Exchange rates:

C$1 = лв1.41
€1 = лв1.96
£1 = лв2.33
US$1 = лв1.89

Currency & Money

Currency information

Lev (BGN; symbol лв) = 100 stotinki. Notes are in denominations of лв100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 (this is rarely used). Coins are in denominations of лв1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 stotinki.

Note: (a) The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate; €1 = лв1.955. (b) Notes dated 1997 and earlier are now out of circulation. Euro coins will replace the lev once the convergence criteria are fulfilled.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in large cities.


ATMs are widespread.

Travellers cheques

Not popular nowadays and it is better to use cash.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

Currency restriction

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided it is declared on arrival. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared upon arrival.

Currency exchange

Visitors are advised to exchange money at banks, at large hotels and at independent currency exchange offices, where the rates are clearly displayed.

Bulgaria duty free

Bulgaria is within the European Union. If you are travelling from outside of the EU, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics,Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

Bulgaria's duty-free allowance for travellers over the age of 17 years from non-EU countries include:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each) or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco if arriving by air.
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco if arriving overland.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. However, if you bring in more than the items listed below, you are likely to be questioned by customs officials:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 90L of still wine.
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.