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Foreign Exchange Guide to Bulgaria

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Bulgarian lev
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The domestic currency in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian lev with currency code BGN. Read this foreign exchange guide to Bulgaria and the Bulgarian lev with money transfer and travel tips plus Bulgarian lev exchange cross rates.

In this guide we review :

  1. Bulgarian lev info - general info about the Bulgarian lev
  2. Bulgarian lev in the markets - recent BGN moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Bulgaria - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Bulgarian lev cash online - travel money for Bulgaria
  5. Sending money to Bulgaria - save on Bulgarian lev bank transfers to Bulgaria
  6. Bulgarian lev exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Bulgarian lev (BGN) general currency information

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.

Bulgarian lev (BGN) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the BGN to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

BGN-USD 3 Month chart
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BGN currency converter

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.

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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.


Travel Money for Bulgaria

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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).

Getting a better deal when sending money 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 BGN 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!


Bank Transfers to Bulgaria

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Bulgarian lev - exchange rates - live and historic

Major BGN cross rates
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BGN/USD - Bulgarian lev to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.60221 Week
18 May 20180.60231 Month
19 Dec 20170.60536 Months
17 Jun 20170.57191 Year
17 Jun 20160.57622 Years
18 Jun 20130.68355 Years
19 Jun 20080.791510 Years

BGN/EUR - Bulgarian lev to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.51101 Week
18 May 20180.51091 Month
19 Dec 20170.51136 Months
17 Jun 20170.51081 Year
17 Jun 20160.51092 Years
18 Jun 20130.51045 Years
19 Jun 20080.510810 Years

BGN/GBP - Bulgarian lev to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.44891 Week
18 May 20180.44711 Month
19 Dec 20170.45226 Months
17 Jun 20170.44761 Year
17 Jun 20160.40132 Years
18 Jun 20130.43695 Years
19 Jun 20080.401410 Years

BGN/JPY - Bulgarian lev to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 201865.91511 Week
18 May 201866.73651 Month
19 Dec 201768.40016 Months
17 Jun 201763.40711 Year
17 Jun 201660.06682 Years
18 Jun 201365.10595 Years
19 Jun 200885.395210 Years

BGN/AUD - Bulgarian lev to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.79221 Week
18 May 20180.80191 Month
19 Dec 20170.79106 Months
17 Jun 20170.75031 Year
17 Jun 20160.77902 Years
18 Jun 20130.72115 Years
19 Jun 20080.833610 Years

BGN/CAD - Bulgarian lev to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.78101 Week
18 May 20180.77661 Month
19 Dec 20170.77966 Months
17 Jun 20170.75571 Year
17 Jun 20160.74372 Years
18 Jun 20130.69735 Years
19 Jun 20080.802810 Years