Bulgaria - Bulgarian Lev - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Lev currency plus sending (BGN) transfers and travel tips for Bulgaria.

 
 
CountryBulgaria
FlagBulgaria
Country CodeBG
Domestic Currency Bulgarian Lev
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeBGN
Exchange RateUSD/BGN = 1.8029
Telephone Prefix+359

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Bulgarian Lev

USD

BGN

U$ 1
1.8029
U$ 5
9.0145
U$ 10
18.03
U$ 20
36.06
U$ 50
90.15
U$ 100
180.29
U$ 250
450.73
U$ 500
901.45
U$ 1,000
1,803
U$ 2,000
3,606
U$ 5,000
9,015
U$ 10,000
18,029
U$ 50,000
90,145
U$ 100,000
180,290
More amounts

USD

BGN

U$ 0.5547
1
U$ 2.7735
5
U$ 5.5470
10
U$ 11.09
20
U$ 27.74
50
U$ 55.47
100
U$ 138.68
250
U$ 277.35
500
U$ 554.70
1,000
U$ 1,109
2,000
U$ 2,774
5,000
U$ 5,547
10,000
U$ 27,735
50,000
U$ 55,470
100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/BGN amounts use our Convert USD to BGN quick calculator.

Bulgaria Currency Info


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.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Bulgarian Lev?

U$ 100 converts to 180.29

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?


Bulgarian Lev (BGN) in the markets

RBA interest rate cuts this year are now a certainty, and that doesn’t bode well for currency valuations. Westpac has predicted three cuts this year.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to BGN exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

ALERT:4-DAY2.5% 🔔|
USD/BGN at 1.8021 was trading 1.6% above AVG:1.773 with LO:1.7105 and HI:1.8312 (90 days). ALERT: USD/BGN is UP 2.5% this 4-DAY period.
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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.

 

Bulgaria Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare BGN travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Bulgaria

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Bulgaria you need to start with finding out the latest Bulgarian Lev foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


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 our 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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Bulgarian Lev to US Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodBGN/USDDate
1 Day0.568829 Mar 2020
7 Day0.549523 Mar 2020
30 Day0.564229 Feb 2020
3 Month0.573531 Dec 2019
1 Year0.573631 Mar 2019
5 Year0.550701 Apr 2015
10 Year0.688602 Apr 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodBGN/EURDate
1 Day0.510729 Mar 2020
7 Day0.510523 Mar 2020
30 Day0.511629 Feb 2020
3 Month0.511231 Dec 2019
1 Year0.511031 Mar 2019
5 Year0.511301 Apr 2015
10 Year0.510102 Apr 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodBGN/GBPDate
1 Day0.456829 Mar 2020
7 Day0.473923 Mar 2020
30 Day0.440129 Feb 2020
3 Month0.432531 Dec 2019
1 Year0.440531 Mar 2019
5 Year0.371301 Apr 2015
10 Year0.452602 Apr 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodBGN/AUDDate
1 Day0.920829 Mar 2020
7 Day0.935223 Mar 2020
30 Day0.866929 Feb 2020
3 Month0.817631 Dec 2019
1 Year0.806431 Mar 2019
5 Year0.724301 Apr 2015
10 Year0.749502 Apr 2010

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