Buy Bulgarian Lev

Heading to Bulgaria? Whether you want to retrace history in Sofia or explore the coastal city of Burgas, you can compare the Pound to Lev rate and buy Lev online before you fly here.

Our travel money services can help take the stress out of your holiday planning. You can buy Bulgarian Lev online and choose where and when to collect them, leaving you more time for packing and buying essentials.

  • Buy Lev online and enjoy free home delivery on all orders of £500 or over.
  • Order your currency online with Click & Collect, and you can pick up your Lev at over 300 in-store Tesco Travel Money Bureaux, and at over 100 Tesco customer service desks.
  • Don’t like carrying cash? No worries, thanks to the prepaid travel money card, available to buy at our in-store bureaux.

Keep in mind, the Pound to Lev exchange rate can change during the day and will be different if buying in store, online or over the phone. More about travel money

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Pick up Lev from your local Tesco store with Click & Collect

With Click & Collect you can buy your Bulgarian Lev online, then pick it up from your nearest Tesco Travel Money bureau on a day that’s convenient for you. You can also collect your currency from selected customer service desks in Tesco stores.

It’s a quick and easy option that helps you plan ahead, and gives you time to focus on having a great time abroad.

How far could your Lev go?

Sofia

Sofia

  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв46.00
  • Cappuccino: Лв2.30
  • 500ml of beer: Лв2.50
  • Soft drink: Лв1.65
  • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв1.00
  • Taxi trip (1km): Лв0.80
  • One way ticket on local transport: Лв1.60

Prices calculated using a variety of sources. Checked July 2018.

Burgas

Burgas

  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв40.00
  • Cappuccino: Лв2.25
  • 500ml of beer: Лв2.00
  • Soft drink: Лв1.53
  • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв0.97
  • Taxi trip (1km): Лв0.80
  • One way ticket on local transport: Лв1.30

Prices calculated using a variety of sources. Checked July 2018.

Varna

Varna

  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв40.00
  • Cappuccino: Лв2.64
  • 500ml of beer: Лв2.35
  • Soft drink: Лв1.73
  • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв0.96
  • Taxi trip (1km): Лв0.79
  • One way ticket on local transport: Лв1.00

Prices calculated using a variety of sources. Checked July 2018.

Plovdiv

Plovdiv

  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв38.00
  • Cappuccino: Лв2.19
  • 500ml of beer: Лв2.20
  • Soft drink: Лв1.57
  • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв0.90
  • Taxi trip (1km): Лв0.70
  • One way ticket on local transport: Лв1.00

Prices calculated using a variety of sources. Checked July 2018.

Before you fly to Bulgaria

Buying Lev in advance

Because exchange rates can change every day, it makes sense to keep an eye on the Pound to Lev rate as part of your holiday planning so you can decide on the best time to buy.

You can also tick a big thing off your to-do list early by buying Lev online with Tesco Bank, and it means you can avoid potential ATM and withdrawal charges when in Bulgaria.

Collect your Lev in-store

With Click & Collect you can order Lev online with Tesco Bank, then pick it up on your next visit to one of over 400 stores that offer this service.

Keep in mind that exchange rates can go up or down throughout the day and can change whether you are buying in store, online or over the phone.

Useful information about Bulgaria and the Lev (BGN)

Facts about Bulgarian ATMs

  • ATMs are widespread across Bulgaria, and limit daily withdrawals to 200 Lev.
  • Withdrawal fees at ATMs are typically between 1.2% and 2.5% of the transaction, although be aware that some machines may actually reject foreign cards.

Currency Denominations

  • 1 Lev (Лв) is made up of 100 Stotinki (стотинки)
  • Stonkini come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50
  • Lev comes in лв1 coins, and banknotes of лв1, лв2, лв5, лв10, лв20, лв50 and лв100. Coins below 50¢ are rare to find these days, and many shops don’t handle small change

Spending and exchanging Lev in Bulgaria

  • You can exchange Pound Sterling for Lev at currency exchanges across Bulgaria, but bear in mind Scottish and Irish notes may not be accepted by exchanges in smaller cities.
  • While some currency exchanges will charge a transaction fee, you may be able to find some that offer the service free of charge. It’s advised to avoid currency sellers on the street offering you cheaper rates.
  • You can typically find currency exchange bureaux inside banks and post offices across Sofia, Burgas, Varna and Plovdiv.
  • When spending Lev, be aware that shelf prices typically include 20% VAT, and most restaurants have a 10% service charge.

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Tesco Travel Money is provided by Travelex

Tesco Travel Money ordered online or by telephone is provided by Travelex Currency Services Limited. Registered no. 03797356. Registered office: 4th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Tesco Travel Money ordered in store is provided by Travelex Agency Services Limited. Registered no. 04621879. Registered office: 4th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

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