Ancient Thrace: Myth And Reality
September 3-7, 2017, Kazanlak, Bulgaria



Greenwich Mean Time + 2 hours, Central European Time + 1 hour

Phone calls

Bulgaria country code is (+359).
International calls can be made from a public phone using a long distance calling card.
Emergency number 112

Passports & visas

No visas are required for the citizens of the European Union and EFTA member countries to enter Bulgaria. European Identity Cards and passports are a valid identification document in Bulgaria. Participants are requested to check with their consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country or with their travel agency for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. Detailed and up-to-date information about obtaining a Bulgarian visa as well as a list of visa exempted countries can be found at:


220-240 V., 50 Hz.

The electricity plug is an European standard.


Bulgarian lev: The lev is the currency of Bulgaria. It is divided in 100 stotinki

Banks and Exchange

Money can be exchanged safely in the banks and also at reputable exchange bureaus (airports usually quote less favor­able rates). Exchange bureaus are required to display clearly the exchange rates and they are no longer allowed to charge commis­sions, so check this first. Exchange rates at the time of publishing: 1 EURO — 1.95583 BGN. Banks are open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Credit cards

The main international credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shopping centers, car rental offices and some restaurants. The stickers on the shop-windows or at the hotel entrances will provide you with information as to which credit cards are accepted.


Usually open from 08:00 to 20:00. There are also 24-hour operating pharmacies.


Tap water is safe to drink. However, it is advisable to drink bottled mineral water.

Official Languages

The official language in Bulgaria is Bulgarian.

English, German, French and Russian are fairly spoken as well. 


The main religion in Bulgaria is Eastern Orthodox; other - Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, etc.


Shops are normally open every day from 10:00h till 20:00h including Saturday and Sunday from 11:00h till 14:00h, in shopping centers from 10:00h till 22:00h. There are also food stores open 24h.


In restaurants and hotels, taxis or other services, tipping is customary if you are pleased with the service. Approximately 10% of the bill is a good guideline.