Varna (Bulgaria)

Varna is the third largest Bulgarian city, located by the Black Sea in the east of the country. The city is often referred to as the summer capital of Bulgaria. The city has beaches, a good aquarium, a sizeable park (sea gardens), an observatory and planetarium, as well as some good museums. The real attraction is the rambunctious nightlife, which expands over the entire beach during the summer months. At night the beach is filled with all-sized open-air bars and dancers. The city also has two fairly large shopping centers.

Population: 348,819
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
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: Jan 27, 2021, 3:23:44 AM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Tourists throng to Varna during July and August as this is the main holidaying season. You can visit the city anytime between May to October as the temperature remains moderate (25-28 degrees Celsius.) It is recommended to avoid visiting Varna in June, October and December as they are considered to be the wettest months.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 36.0 43.0 30.2 5
February 37.0 44.4 31.3 4
March 41.5 49.3 35.8 5
April 50.4 58.6 44.2 7
May 59.5 68.2 52.5 6
June 67.8 77.2 60.1 6
July 71.6 81.5 63.7 4
August 71.4 81.9 63.7 3
September 64.9 75.2 57.4 4
October 55.8 64.9 49.1 4
November 46.4 54.0 40.1 6
December 39.7 46.6 34.0 5

More information: Varna forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Varna is a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $33.02, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $125.93, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Basic hotel: $57.49
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.72
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $6.82
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.24
  • Meal, McDonalds: $5.59
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $6.21

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Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Varna destination map


Varna has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 68.4 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 87.2 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 65.7 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Varna 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.

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