Sofia, Bulgaria Travel Guide

Last Updated: Dec 2023

Sofia isn’t one of Europe’s most obvious destinations, but it is starting to get noticed by people who want to take a look at what post-Soviet life is like and see the interesting history of this city. Another reason to consider a visit is that it’s one of the cheapest cities in Europe, where even backpackers can afford a bit of luxury.

Why Visit Sofia

Sofia Facts

Population 1,400,000
Area 1,400,000
Timezone UTC+2
Currency Bulgarian leva
Airports Sofia Airport (SOF)

Where to eat and drink in Sofia

Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't include breakfast you've got plenty of affordable local options.$1.66 - $3.87
Budget lunchCheap pizza-slice and hot dog places are easy to find, or get a local meal for only a bit more.$3.31 - $6.08
Budget dinnerSit-down meals can range greatly in price, but even fancy or trendy places are quite cheap because there aren't many tourists.$7.18 - $11.05
Beer (pint)Several local lagers are very cheap at most places, and only a bit more at restaurants and lounges.$2.21 - $3.31
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When to visit Sofia

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Sofia Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:29am6:40pm
21 Jun5:49am9:08pm
21 Sep7:13am7:26pm
21 Dec7:54am4:56pm

Sofia Hotel Seasons

Sofia Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar10.87 - 32.61
starstarstarstarstar16.30 - 47.83
starstarstarstarstar23.91 - 57.61
starstarstarstarstar38.04 - 88.04
starstarstarstarstar77.17 - 97.83
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Sofia Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed6.52 - 14.13

Where to go before and after