Updated on 29.04.2022
The currency in Bulgaria (BGN) is the Bulgarian lev or leva (plural). You can recognize it by the abbrеviation “лв.” in Bulgarian. The lev is divided in 100 “stotinki”. The levs are available predominantly as banknotes and the stotinki – only as coins.
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 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 leva. 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.
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.
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.