CURRENCY

The currency in Bulgaria (BGN) is the Bulgarian lev or leva (plural). You can recognize it by the abbrеviation “лв.” in Bulgarian.

Bulgaria is not part of the eurozone and it is not common to pay with euros in Bulgaria.

Banknotes and coins

Bulgarian banknotes are available in the value of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 leva. The coins are known as “stotinki.” Coins are available in the value of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 stotinki and also 1 and 2 leva. Note that 100 stotinki equals 1 lev.

Visit the Bulgarian National Bank website to see examples of Bulgarian banknotes and coins.

Exchanging currency

Bulgarian lev exchange rates:

You will be charged a fee each time you change money from one currency to another. If you withdraw foreign currency from a Bulgarian ATM, your bank will charge you a currency conversion fee.

Safety

Be aware of your surroundings as you leave an exchange bureau, ATM or bank. People with ill intentions or skilled thieves may be nearby. If possible, visit these places during daylight hours. When entering your PIN at an ATM, cover the keypad with your hand to protect your information.