• Number - 2810
• Area - 5,441ha
• Green spaces per person - 48.7 sq km/inhabitant
General travel information:
GTM + 2 hours
Currency & exchange
The Bulgaria’s official currency is the Lev (BGN), which is divided into 100 stotinki. The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate of €1 = 1.955 lev (http://ec.europa.eu/budget/inforeuro/index.cfm)
Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, hotels or at one of the numerous bureaux de change.
Major international credit cards are increasingly becoming accepted by tourist hotels, upmarket shops and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agents, but Bulgaria is still largely a cash economy. There are several ATMs in Sofia.
Banks are normally open Monday - Friday from 9AM to 5PM.
220 V, 50 Hz
Travel to Sofia:
Sofia is the centre of important international railway and automobile routes from Western Europe to Istanbul via Belgrade, from Greece and Macedonia to central Europe.
There are several direct flights from many European cities. The Sofia Internation airport is located around 10 km from the centre of the city.
There are daily bus connections to Ohrid, Strumitsa, Skopje, Nish, Istanbul, Athens and Thessaloniki and many other countries of the EU.
The central station is located in the city centre. From here there are many public transport connections.
Public Transport in Sofia
Sofia enjoys three different means of public transport, as tram, busses, and trolley busses. It covers most of the city from 5 a.m. till midnight or one. A short section of underground has recently opened. It connects “Lyulin” , one of the biggest residential districts of the city with the centre. Two-cabin and two-seat lifts connect Sofia with Vitosha national Park. About 85 per cent of travellers use the public transport, which is consequently the reason for its socio-economic importance.
Tickets are valid for a single use, for any distance on any line (each transfer needs another ticket). They can be bought at kiosks for 80 stotinki (0,40 Euro). You have to punch your ticket inside the vehicle by using the metal punch on the wall.