Currency and money in Sofia


The official currency in Bulgaria is the LEV (BGN), plural Leva, whose exchange rate is pegged to the Euro with a parity of 1.95 Leva per Euro.

Currency exchange

Throughout central Sofia there are hundreds of currency exchange outlets. Don’t change money on the street, not only because it is easy to be cheated, but also because it is illegal. The best places to exchange your Euros for Levas are the exchange offices that you will find in the most touristic places, at the airport or at the train station and they usually charge better rates than banks.

Payment by credit card is not as widespread as it might be in other countries, although it is accepted mainly in large shops and international chains.


The coins in Bulgaria correspond to 1, 2, 5, 10, 10, 20, 50 stotinki (or cents) and the 1 Leva coin.


Bulgarian banknotes are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 leva.

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