Things You Need to Know Before Travelling to Bulgaria

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  • Things You Need to Know Before Travelling to Bulgaria

    Bulgaria is sometimes underrated as a tourist destination. Many holidaymakers are surprised by how much there is to see and do in this beautiful part of the world. Not only does it offer a variety of attractions, but it’s also known for its affordability.

    Because holidays to Bulgaria are underrated, it can be difficult knowing what to expect when you visit. If you’re considering heading to Bulgaria on your next annual holiday, here we’ll reveal some top things to know before your visit.

    You shouldn’t need a visa

    Bulgaria is part of the EU, and offers free movement between EU countries. Travellers from some countries may need a visa when travelling to Bulgaria. The good news is that tourists from Ireland won’t need a visa providing they are visiting for less than 90 days.

    Travelling around the country

    On the whole, public transport in Bulgaria tends to be reliable. However, it is known to run a little late sometimes. This is especially true for the trains, which are the most popular form of public transport in the country. Trains are also the cheapest way to get around. There’s a great bus system you can use, and these tend to be a lot more punctual. 

    Cultural differences

    Part of the enjoyment of going on holiday is getting to learn more about different cultures. In Bulgaria, it’s common for locals to nod for no and shake their head for yes. This is the complete opposite of what most of us are used to, so keep this in mind when you are travelling to Bulgaria. 

    Remember to take out travel insurance

    When you travel to Bulgaria, it’s definitely worth taking out travel insurance. If you’re involved in an accident or have a health problem, it’ll be free to ring an ambulance. However, if your condition isn’t considered serious then you’ll usually need to pay. The cost of paying for medical treatment abroad can quickly add up. It’s also advisable to use a private hospital to ensure you’re receiving reliable and good quality treatment. 

    At TUI, we offer travel insurance to all our passengers.

    You will need local currency

    In Bulgaria, they deal solely in their local currency which is the Bulgarian Lev. This means you’re going to need to make sure you take enough local currency to cover everything you need. We offer a great currency exchange rate, so be sure to check out our exchange desk before heading off on your Bulgarian holiday.

    You may need to brush up on the local language

    The locals in Bulgaria often don’t speak a lot of English. This is especially true if you’re staying outside the main tourist areas. You might want to start brushing up on your Bulgarian before you go, especially common phrases. It’s not the easiest language to learn, but it could help you tackle any communication issues.

    Travelling to Bulgaria should be a stress-free experience, especially now that you’ve learnt some of the basics of travelling to this beautiful country. 

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Author: Suzanne Mulligan