Bulgaria is a wonderful country for families with children. The mild climate, very similar to Anapa, wide gentle beaches, clear sea, as well as low prices make this country really attractive for many Russian families. But in order to enjoy the beauty of the Bulgarian coast, breathe in the fresh air of the mountains, taste Bulgarian wines, improve the health of children and just get the opportunity to live a couple of months on the seashore as a “savage”, you need to get a key that will open the door to all this splendor. Let me give you instructions on how to go to heaven.
Bulgaria is a visa country, and in order to obtain a visa, you need to go through several simple procedures – book a hotel and buy plane tickets. We will also tell you a little about the expenses associated with staying in the country.
The easiest way to book a hotel is Booking.com or Bulgaria-hotels
Another option is to find accommodation from a private owner, who must register you upon arrival. Here you can look for housing on your own, contact the owners, as a rule, they almost all understand Russian. Try to bargain, very often the price can be reduced. And if something does not suit you in the chosen place of residence, you can simply leave it and find a more suitable accommodation, both in terms of price and in other parameters. Fortunately, there are plenty of different accommodation options, from apartments to the private sector, on the rental market in Bulgaria. Below are the accommodation options with prices valid for summer 2012.
Burgas, Hostel Varly Briag ** From 690 rubles per day for a double room.
Burgas, Apartments “House of Daniela” From 1600 rubles per day.
Accommodation in the private sector can be found even for 10-12 levs (approximately 200-250 rubles per day per person)
Direct flights from Yekaterinburg to Burgas are carried out twice a week. Twice a week you can fly to Varna, but if you need to get to Bulgaria on a different day, then you can use the option with a transfer, for example, in Moscow. In this case, the minimum travel time is about six and a half hours. With a direct flight, you will spend about four hours on the road. The price of tickets in the summer months ranges from 18 to 50 thousand rubles in both directions per person.
Another way to get to Bulgaria is by train, which will significantly save your budget, but the time you spend on the road will be approximately 5-6 days in a trailer car. Also, you will need not only a Bulgarian visa, but also a 2-entry Romanian transit visa.
If you plan your trip in advance, you can significantly save on the cost of air travel (approximately 30-40% of the cost per season). The price of tickets in the summer months ranges from 18 to 50 thousand rubles in both directions per person.
To obtain a visa on your own, you will need the following documents:
- One color photo 3.5 x 4.5 cm on a blue background
- International passport (valid for 6 months after the end of the trip)
- Copy of passport (page with photo)
- Copy of the latest Bulgarian visa
- Hotel voucher (address and phone number of the hotel)
- A copy and original of the round trip ticket, or a copy of the booking sheet
- Medical insurance and copy – coverage 30,000 euros
In the absence of a hotel voucher – the availability of funds in the amount of 50 euros for each day of stay for each (bank statement or cash).
- Short-term stay visa (visa “C”) – 1600 rubles.
- Long-term stay visa (visa “D”) – 4500 rubles.
- Certification of the contents of the power of attorney – 675 rubles.
- Verification of signature – 675 rubles.
Acceptance of documents
Submission of documents for all visas, except for long-term type “D” visas, takes place at the Bulgarian Visa Center at st. Karl Liebknecht, 22, office 313, tel. 278-24-19.
Bulgarian Visa Application Center website: www.bulgariavac.ru
Direct reception of documents from 10:30 to 13:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a non-admission day.
The period until the expiration of the passport when applying for a visa must be at least 6 months before the date of departure.
Acceptance of documents for obtaining a visa only 20 days before the trip…
Consumer basket and everything related to expenses.
The national currency of Bulgaria is the lev. The cost of the lev in June 2012 is 21 rubles. Levs can be purchased at banks in Russia, as well as upon arrival in Bulgaria. Banks and exchange offices are open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00. Banks are closed on weekends and holidays. You can transport as much money as you like across the border, the only thing is that for an amount over 8 thousand levs, you will need to draw up a declaration.
In Bulgaria there is no single taxi call telephone, all cities have their own taxi companies. In many places (airports, hypermarkets, etc.) there are special telephones for calling a taxi. There is also no single cost for this type of service. But there is a day and night tariff (from 6.00 to 22.00 and from 22.00 to 6.00 in the morning). Calling a taxi is free, but there is an initial tax (about 20 rubles). Subsequent payment is per kilometer – 12-15 rubles per kilometer. Here are only approximate prices, since in different regions and even within the same city, they can vary 2-3 times.
There are no private taxi drivers in Bulgaria in principle. Taxi ranks are marked with blue and white TAXI signs, and taxi cars themselves must have attributes and a price tag. Pay attention to the initial meter readings, so as not to be deceived. You can leave no tips, but it is not customary to take change, a trifle.
There are a huge number of Russian-language car rental sites. But, as practice shows, it is cheaper, more convenient and, most importantly, safer to do it personally. There are a lot of car rental offices, and if you rent a car right at the airport, you will have to overpay relatively little compared to city rates. Moreover, you can return the car directly to the airport right on the day of departure, which is undoubtedly very convenient for those who plan to rent a car for the whole vacation. Prices for car rental from 40 euros per day and more, depending on the prestige of the model and the class of the car. A deposit is also paid, which is returned at the end of the service life. The deposit can be up to 1500 euros. Gasoline in Bulgaria is much more expensive than in Russia, but at the same time it is quite comparable with the prices in Western Europe. So, the cost of 95 gasoline is about 50 rubles / liter, 98th – about 55 rubles / liter.
What is striking in Bulgaria is the food prices. They are really very low compared to Russia. As for the stores, there are a huge number of them, and they are all small in size, large supermarkets, as a rule, are located on the outskirts of cities and there are very few of them. Keep in mind also that shops are open until 20.00-21.00, even supermarkets. Estimated prices for products according to rsmile.ru:
- Potatoes -13 rubles / kg.
- Bread – 10 rubles
- Pasta -13.8 rubles / 400g.
- Lemon-22.2 rubles / 1kg.
- Pineapple – 49.8 rubles / 1 pc.
- Wine (red, white) -159.8 rubles / 5 liters.
- Olive oil – 95.8 rubles / 1 liter.
- Strawberry – 50 rubles / 1 kg (in season)
Cafes and restaurants also have quite adequate prices. So, the average bill in a restaurant will be 400-600 rubles for two. But you can definitely have a delicious lunch and much cheaper.
Summing up, we can say that an independent vacation in Bulgaria will be interesting, first of all, for those who travel there for a long time, because no tour operator will offer you a 2-month stay at the sea. Difficulties in obtaining a visa, a flight with a docking will pay off with inexpensive housing, food prices, an excellent climate and the good nature of the country’s owners.