Milena Apartment

37 Tsar Samuil Street 5, Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Can I get Bulgarian currency lev from an ATM in Sofia airport?

by jerryttk

Hello,

So I will reach Sofia at around 23h. I am wondering if there are any ATM Machine inside the airport which has the sign PLUS or Eufiserv? My bank card works with these ATMs and then I could then withdraw money in Bulgarian currency. Else I would need to exchange it at the home country which does not always bring a good rate.

Any advice? Oh ya, and is 23h too late for travelling with bus to Sofia city centre from the sirport. Or would you recommend me the taxi? (I heard something called OK taxi?). Thanks for any tips.

Re: Can I get Bulgarian currency lev from an ATM in Sofia airport?

by johngayton

I think I saw the "PLUS" symbol on the ATM at Sofia arrivals however it might still be a good idea to bring some Levs with you just in case. I think last time I used the Sofia ATM it gave me all 50 lev notes which can be a bit inconvenient as nobody in Bulgaria ever seems to have any change!

The last airport bus is 11 pm but check the timetable in the arrivals hall.

If you do need to take a taxi there's an OK office at arrivals who will arrange it for you and will give you a price. If the office is shut (it shouldn't be)don't take a taxi off the rank without agreeing a price with the driver.

Re: Can I get Bulgarian currency lev from an ATM in Sofia airport?

by yumyum

My debit card is also supposed to work with PLUS but it didn't in Sofia airport but since I wasn't travelling alone my bf's card worked ok. They sell bus tickets at the newagency shop in the airport but I don't know whether that will still be open.

Check the inyourpocket.com on Sofia for the arrival info. Quite possibly they tell you there about taxi fares etc.

Re: Can I get Bulgarian currency lev from an ATM in Sofia airport?

by penny_g

Hi there,

ATM's are available in Sofia at the terminal 1 and 2. Both of them will give the amount in levs, as it is normal in every European country as I guess. As regards taxis, I would recommend you this website: http://za1euro.hit.bg/contact.html (use google translate for more details or simply drop me an email to ask). Last time it brought from the centre to the airport for 5 euro and imagine - this was during the night .....


johngayton: "as nobody in Bulgaria ever seems to have any change!"
I wouldn't agree with you this time. You can have change from the newspaper kiosks or somewhere else, not to mention that credit cards get popular. In this relation, I have a bad experience from London with a taxi driver who asked who didn't have change and me - as his client (?!) had to go to a supermarket, queue and buy something, so I can give him the exact amount. Can you call this top service, typical for a world's leading city, as it pretends to be?!

Travel Tips for Sofia

Call-an-audioguide

by bijo69

All around Sofia near landmarks and other ponts of interests you'll find signs with a number you can call for information. Haven't seen this anywhere before and I think it's not a bad idea in general. But I must admit that I didn't call, so I can't comment on the quality of the information given.
The service is available in Bulgarian and English and costs 1,20 BGN per call.

THE FIRST SKYSCRAPER TO TO BUILD IN THE BALKANS

by ddo

the first skyscraper to br build in the balkan will be build in sofia when it is finished it will be one of the tallest building in the world in will be build by the Bulgarian Parlament in downtown sofia the building will have 100floors and it will be 400meters talll I remeber sofia in the 90"s I can belive how it changing I think sofia will soon become a city like new York.

Weddings

by Scarlie

Weddings are one of those special things -- if you are invited, don't miss the opportunity. You have to bring a gift though, but luckily we do not have wedding/marriage lists. Everyone buys whatever they decide (or afford).

If you are somehow personally involved in the wedding (getting married or related to someone who is getting married), you'll have to make gifts to each member/branch of the family. They don't have to be fancy, but it is an all or nothing affair (pick and chose is not an option). Pay particular attention to the old people (i.e. the grandparents, and in some cases, great-grandparents).

Today, most Bulgarians have both church and civil wedding (the civil is the only one legal). Both are usually on the same day (civil first, then church), followed by lots of food and drink.

There are some special rituals during the party -- like feeding the mother in law ('stuff her mouth now, so she does not say anything during your marriage'); breaking the glasses; the bread w/ salt/pepper (i.e. the good and bad thingsin a marriage)... and of course, the bouquet. The first toast is to the newly-weds and everyone chants 'Gorchivo' ('Bitter'), i.e. drink all the bitter stuff now and have only goods experiences together.

Women's Market

by Yanche

Yes, it is indeed called "Women's Market" - guess who does the shopping in this country :)
It has two main "roads" - the right-hand one is for fruits and vegetables and the left one is for clothes, shoes, and other cheap Chinese stuff. The stands' owners are not always very kind and helpful but it is a pictaresque place that you should visit to get some taste of the locals' life (I myself do my shopping there from time to time - more to experience the market itself than to actually buy anything). You can perhaps buy homemade pickles from the village women who spend the whole day selling 2-3 jars of it or explore the antique dealers who offer cheap stuff from both pre-socialist and socialist times (do bargain with them, especially if you do not speak Bulgarian). There are also many shops and restaurants owned by Arab immigrants as well as cheap hotels in the area.

Need a hair makeover ?

by desert_princess about Magama - hair specialists

Magama - hair specialists
Highly recommended if you want to have hair extensions . 4 you ladies :)))
Prices are very reasonable compared to what I heard in Austria as offers - 1000 euros to 200-300 here.
Natural hair ,latest technilogy...
A lot of our famous folk singers pics were hanging on the walls with a "Thank you" note.
And we all know that they use only the best of the best.... 200-500 euros depending on how much locks you want and what technology you choose

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