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    Bulgaria - Bulgarian lev - Currency Guide


    Foreign exchange guide to Bulgaria and the Bulgarian lev (BGN)

    What's in this Bulgaria currency guide?

    1. USD/BGN trend
    2. Forecasts
    3. Travel Bulgaria
    4. Spending BGN
    5. Send to Bulgaria

    USD/BGN Trend (90-day)

    USD to BGN at 1.6871 has risen 1.1% above its 90-day average, range 1.6452-1.6959.

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/BGN trend and UP DOWN HIGH LOW alerts

    USD to BGN Currency Trend Chart

    US dollar to Bulgarian lev - Historical Rates

    USD/BGN wasChangePeriod
    13 Oct 2021
    0.1% 2 Weeks
    29 Jul 2021
    2.3% 90 Days
    27 Oct 2020
    1.6% 1 Year
    28 Oct 2016
    5.6% 5 Years
    30 Oct 2011
    22% 10 Years
    01 Nov 2001
    21% 20 Years
    USD/BGN change over periods to 27-Oct-2021

    $10,000 USD
    16,851 BGN

    Converted at USD/BGN interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

    USD to BGN - Quick Amounts

    Sell USD   →   Buy BGN
    $ 1 1.6851
    $ 5 8.4255
    $ 10 16.85
    $ 20 33.70
    $ 50 84.26
    $ 100 168.51
    $ 250 421.28
    $ 500 842.55
    $ 1,000 1,685
    $ 2,000 3,370
    $ 5,000 8,426
    $ 10,000 16,851
    $ 20,000 33,702
    $ 50,000 84,255
    $ 100,000 168,510
    $ 0.5934 1
    $ 2.9670 5
    $ 5.9340 10
    $ 11.87 20
    $ 29.67 50
    $ 59.34 100
    $ 148.35 250
    $ 296.70 500
    $ 593.40 1,000
    $ 1,187 2,000
    $ 2,967 5,000
    $ 5,934 10,000
    $ 11,868 20,000
    $ 29,670 50,000
    $ 59,340 100,000

    More amounts


    Frequently Asked Questions


    What currency should I use in Bulgaria?

    The domestic currency in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian lev.

    What is the Bulgarian lev currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Bulgarian lev is BGN.

    Which countries use the Bulgarian lev?

    It is the domestic currency in    Bulgaria.

    Is the Bulgarian lev a closed currency?

    No, the Bulgarian lev is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


    Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Bulgaria

    The currency is the Lev (lv) and is mostly what is used in Bulgaria so bring a card you can withdraw with on arrival.

    Public transport in Bulgaria is inexpensive but often slow and not always clean or comfortable. Travelling by bus (avtobus) is usually the quickest way of getting between major towns and cities. Generally, you can buy tickets (bileti) at the bus station (avtogara) at least an hour in advance when travelling between towns, but on some routes they're only sold when the bus arrives. On rural routes, tickets are often sold by the driver. Taxis must be painted yellow and display their rates on the window. Otherwise it is not uncommon for drivers to claim the meter is not working and overcharge. Dishonest drivers congregate outside airports, train and bus stations and big city centres.


    Travel money for Bulgaria

    Save money and time by Ordering your Bulgarian lev online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the BGN cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Bulgarian lev otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Send Money to Bulgaria - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Bulgaria you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Bulgaria

    When sending money to Bulgaria it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or Bulgarian lev amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted BGN amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Bulgaria.

    Use the above Send to Bulgarian lev calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Bulgarian lev deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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