Travel Information


Dear exhibitors, visitors and partners,

In connection with illegal provision of services for hotel reservations and accommodation on behalf of BEGE Expo, we would like to inform you that ЕXHIBITOR HOUSING SERVICES is NOT authorized to perform accommodation or any other services on behalf of the organizers as it is NOT an official representative of BEGE.

Anyone who would like to use services for hotel accommodation can contact the official partner of BEGE Expo - Stenly Comfort Travel Ltd at the following phone numbers and e-mail address:

Tel/Fax +359 2 981 30 15, +359 877770876, +359 888127937, +359 888127947

BEGE Expo is not responsible for any material damages or abuses in case of using the services of companies that are not officially authorized to provide the above mentioned services on behalf of the organizers.

Transfers & Rent A Car  Good To Know   Attractions

Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo is pleased to offer to the attendees SPECIAL RATES. Contact directly our :

TOURIST SERVICE  DEPARTMENT (Stanley Comfort Travel Ltd.)
phone/fax: +359 2 981 30 15, +359 877770876, +359 888127937, +359 888127947


Hotels nearby the IEC* - Metropolitan Hotel Sofia 4*, NOVOTEL  Hotel Sofia 4*, Best Western Hotel Expo 4*

Hotels in the City center**- Radisson Blu Grand Hotel, Sofia 5*, Hemus Hotel 3*, Best Western Premier Thracia Hotel 4*

Transfers airport – hotel – airport 

  • One way transfer by car (up to 3 person)

Hotels nearby the IEC* 20 EUR

Hotels in the City center** 30 EUR

  • Round trip transfer by car (up to 3 person)

Hotels nearby the IEC* 40 EUR

Hotes in the City center** 50 EUR

  • One way transfer by mini van (up to 8 person)

Hotels nearby the IEC* 45 EUR

Hotels in the City center** 55 EUR

  • Round trip transfer by mini van (up to 8 person)

Hotels nearby the IEC* 80 EUR

Hotels in the City center** 95 EUR

!!! All rates are in Euro, per car /mini van, inclusive of VAT, English speaking driver and service charges 

Rent a car 

Compact class / Opel Astra, Toyota Auris, Volkswagen Golf VI/  50 EUR

Standard class / Toyota Avensis, Peugeot 407, Opel Insignia/    55 EUR

Rent a minivan (up to 8 person)

 /Opel Vivaro, Mercedes Vito/ 70 EUR

!!! All rates are in Euro, per car/mini van, based on 24 hours rental period, inclusive of VAT, insurance Third Party Liability (TPL) according to Bulgarian law. The rates exclude fuel. 



The official language in the country is Bulgarian. Russian is widely spoken by the older generations, while English is popular among younger people.


The national currency of Bulgatia is the Bulgarian Lev (BGN). It has been tied to the Euro (previously to the Deutsche Mark) by a currency board since 1997 (1 Euro = 1.956 BGN).

If you plan on using your credit card in Bulgaria, it is recommended that you bring your pin code with you as it happens some of the companies nowadays to ask their clients to type in their pin codes in order to authorize transactions and minimise fraud. ATMs are available for cash withdrawals throughout the whole country. Of course you can get cash from any local bank branch as well.

Exchange rates by the Bulgarian National Bank


Tips are almost never included in the price of goods and services in Bulgaria so if you feel satisfied with what you get, don’t hesitate to add an extra buck. Normally, we would advise you to leave a tip that is somewhere in the 10% range.

Oh, and one more thing: the prices of all goods and services in Bulgaria include 20% VAT.


Local time in Bulgaria is +2 (GMT)

Business hours

The official business hours of most companies and administrative institutions in Bulgaria are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. This includes banks, ministries, post offices, libraries, etc. However, 99% of the supermarkets, shops and bookstores have longer business hours and are open on weekends as well. Restaurants, bistros and pubs are usually open seven days a week from say 11am until midnight (at least). And please don’t expect the night clubs and discotheques to close before dawn.


Bulgaria is a reasonably safe country. It is recommended to take normal precautions as everywhere else when travelling.


The tap water in Bulgaria is drinkable and tastes fine. We do realize, however, that taste is a highly subjective thing so if you don’t feel absolutely sure about this, you can just opt for one of the many different brands of mineral water sold in the nearby supermarket. Bulgaria’s got hundreds of mineral springs that produce high-quality bottled water, so it is pretty safe to say that you will get the taste you want. We promise.



All power outlets in Bulgaria provide 220 V (50Hz) AC and the Schuko AC power plug and socket system is regarded as the standard one in the country. It is compatible with europlugs.




Country Code: 00359

Area Codes: 00359+

Sofia – (0)2

Plovdiv – (0)32

Varna – (0)52

Burgas – (0)56

Ruse – (0)82

Stara Zagora – (0)42

Veliko Tarnovo - (0)62

When calling from abroad, dial the country code first and then the area code. If you are in the country and you wish to make a long-distance phone call just pick the relevant area code and add a 0 in front of it.



There are three major mobile phone network providers operating on the territory of Bulgaria: M-Tel, Globul and Vivacom. 

They all provide decent services but due to their affiliations to different international telecommunication groups the price at which you will get them may vary substantially. So if you intend to use your own cell phone during your stay in the country, make sure you are well aware of the roaming fees you are charged and always pick the cheapest option. This will surely prevent you from getting extremely upset at the end of the month when the mobile phone bill arrives.


fstlogo.jpgThe free English language sightseeing walking tour of Bulgaria's capital, organized by a non-profit organization.

The Free Sofia Tour expects its guests twice a day every day. The best attraction in Sofia according to TripAdvisor users. Approved by Tourist Service Municipal Company at Sofia City Municipality. The sightseeing tours of Sofia are organized by guides from a non-profit organization. Every tour is both fun and educational, the perfect introduction to the city and its thousands of years of history.

The route is indicative. Tours run all year long despite the weather. 

Every day, twice a day
Mon-Sun: 11 AM & 6 PM
No reservation required!
Duration: around 2 hours
Start: Palace of Justice

map.png1 Sveta Nedelya Church

2 Theology Faculty of Sofia University

3 Coat of arms of Sofia

4 Saint Sophia Statue

5 Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral

6 Church of St Petka of the Saddlers

7 Central Department Store

8 Banya Bashi Mosque

9 Sofia Synagogue

10 Central Sofia Market Hall

11 Mineral Water Springs

12 Central Public Bathhouse

13 Council of Ministers

14 Communist Party Headquarters

15 Ancient Serdica Open Museum

16 Rotunda of Saint George

17 National Archaeological Museum

18 Bulgarian National Bank

19 National Art Gallery (Former Royal Palace)

20 Ethnographic Museum (Former Royal Palace)

21 Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum

22 City Garden

23 Ivan Vazov National Theatre

24 Bulgarian Broadway

25 Stefan Stambolov Monument

26 Museum of Natural History

27 Russian Church and Military Club

28 Hagya Sophia Church

29 Synod Palace

30 St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

31 National Library

32 Sofia University

33 Monument to the Tsar Liberator

34 National Assembly (Parliament)