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 = 1.8027
Telephone Prefix+359

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Bulgarian Lev

USD

BGN

U$ 1
1.8027
U$ 5
9.0135
U$ 10
18.03
U$ 20
36.05
U$ 50
90.14
U$ 100
180.27
U$ 250
450.68
U$ 500
901.35
U$ 1,000
1,803
U$ 2,000
3,605
U$ 5,000
9,014
U$ 10,000
18,027
U$ 50,000
90,135
U$ 100,000
180,270
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 180.27

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: 1-DAY ▼ 0.5% 🔔 |
USD/BGN at 1.8023 was trading 1.8% above the 90-day average 1.7705 with a range 1.7429 to 1.8118. ALERT: USD/BGN is DOWN 0.5% for 1-DAY.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

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!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Bulgaria
  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 Day0.554316 Feb 2020
7 Day0.557810 Feb 2020
30 Day0.567118 Jan 2020
3 Month0.566519 Nov 2019
1 Year0.577317 Feb 2019
5 Year0.582818 Feb 2015
10 Year0.691219 Feb 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodBGN/EURDate
1 Day0.511316 Feb 2020
7 Day0.511310 Feb 2020
30 Day0.511418 Jan 2020
3 Month0.511319 Nov 2019
1 Year0.511117 Feb 2019
5 Year0.511118 Feb 2015
10 Year0.509619 Feb 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodBGN/GBPDate
1 Day0.424716 Feb 2020
7 Day0.431910 Feb 2020
30 Day0.435718 Jan 2020
3 Month0.438219 Nov 2019
1 Year0.447417 Feb 2019
5 Year0.377418 Feb 2015
10 Year0.448019 Feb 2010

Bulgarian Lev to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodBGN/AUDDate
1 Day0.824216 Feb 2020
7 Day0.833910 Feb 2020
30 Day0.825118 Jan 2020
3 Month0.830019 Nov 2019
1 Year0.808117 Feb 2019
5 Year0.745818 Feb 2015
10 Year0.772419 Feb 2010

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