Sofia (Bulgaria)

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, located in the western part of the country, by the Vitosha mountain. The city's climate is humid continental climate. The summer's average temperatures are around +23 C and in winter -5 C. The city's main sights are the many beatiful orthodox churches and the many Soviet era concrete blocks. Right next to the city being Vitosha mountain has also big ski center. The city also hasseven natural mineral-rich springs, and one is located right in the centre of the city and is open to everyone.

Population: 1,203,000
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Bulgarian
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Bulgarian lev (BGN)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: You are expected to tip by rounding up the bill by about 10%.
Time in destination: Nov 15, 2019, 7:21:51 PM

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Weather Forecast

Fri
15.11

Partly cloudy

52°F

Sat
16.11

Cloudy

55°F

Sun
17.11

Cloudy

54°F

Mon
18.11

Partly cloudy

57°F

Tue
19.11

Cloudy

57°F

Wed
20.11

Rain

57°F

Thu
21.11

Rain

54°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 30.6 37.6 24.4 5
February 33.8 41.7 27.0 6
March 41.0 50.4 32.7 6
April 50.4 60.3 41.0 9
May 58.6 68.9 48.7 10
June 65.1 75.6 54.7 10
July 68.7 79.5 57.9 7
August 67.8 79.7 57.2 6
September 61.0 72.5 50.9 5
October 51.3 61.9 42.8 5
November 40.1 48.2 33.6 6
December 33.3 39.7 27.3 6

More information: Sofia forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Sofia is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $39.24, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $97.74, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $31.11
  • Hotel (3 stars): $44.01
  • Hotel (4 stars): $66.01
  • Hotel (5 stars): $111.32
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.09
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.62
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.12
  • Meal, McDonalds: $4.50
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $5.62

More information: Sofia price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Sofia destination map

Safety

Sofia has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 57.0 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 85.4 (better than United states average 69.9)
  • Walking alone at night: 54.7 (better than United states average 40.8)

More information: Sofia safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe