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Tipping In Bulgaria: How To Tip In Bulgaria
Bulgaria is more or less the very region where our ancient ancestors arrived in Europe. It is, therefore, one of the oldest inhabited regions on the continent, featuring several significant archaeological sites from the Neolithic period. Throughout its long history, Bulgaria has been the home of the Thracians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Huns, and Ottomans.
Needless to say, the mix of cultures, architectural, and artistic styles is sensational. This fantastic heritage is reflected in the country’s ten different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include not only several amazing ancient sites but also a few breathtaking natural areas.
There’s plenty to see and do in Bulgaria. Still, major attractions include Sofia, the Ancient City of Nessebar, Central Balkan National Park, the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Pirin National Park, the Seven Rila Lakes, the Rila Monastery and the Madara Rider.
Currency: Bulgarian Leva (LV)
Denominations : Notes: 2 – 100LV. Coins: 1LV, 2LV, Stotinki 1-50
Other currencies accepted: Bulgaria a country within the Balkan region where you will struggle to pay with anything other than Leva. Your Euros will not be welcome unless there is a very dire emergency, and as a result, failing to change your cash when you arrive will mean you’re wasting time when you could be off exploring! You might find that Dollars are accepted, but again, this is not guaranteed and likely to be at the discretion of the store you’re attempting to buy something in.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to tipping in Bulgaria, but especially in the tourist resorts, town, and cities, workers will be very grateful for any tip you choose to leave. Bulgarian wages are quite low compared to other neighboring countries, and they often rely on tips to top up their salaries at the end of the month.
If you’re visiting Bourgas or Varna in particular, you’ll find there is a growing tipping culture; and it has become customary.
Tips are heavily relied upon, particularly in bars and restaurants, with 10% of the bill the regular tipping amount. If you really feel that your service was high quality, a little more (15%) will be much received.
Bartenders will also appreciate a tip of between 1 to 2 Lev also; if you want to make it a little less awkward, when you receive your bill, just round your amount up to the nearest suitable round figure and then leave before you get your change – less cringe!
Tour guides also rely upon tips to boost their salaries, and in this case, 10% of the cost of the tour is an excellent marker to go with. If you want to tip your taxi driver, again round up the fare to the nearest whole number, or consider adding on another lev or two if the service was extra spesh.
Along with restaurant and bar staff, hotel staff will very much appreciate any tips you give them. Around 2 Lev for every suitcase you have is enough when tipping porters, and if you want to tip your maids, you could think about between 1-2 Lev for every day you’re staying.
Even though tipping is a little more prevalent in Bulgaria than some other countries in the region, it is still optional, especially away from the major towns and cities. In rural areas, tipping isn’t really the done thing, but again, if you want to say thank you for a job well done, go ahead and tip.
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