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 here before you fly.

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In light of the current circumstances we are currently offering the following Travel Money services:

  • Online ordering for home delivery (please note Royal Mail collection times are no longer guaranteed for next day)
  • Online ordering for in-store collection at over 200 Tesco stores around the UK

We have reopened a limited number of in-store Travel Money bureaux. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by those that remain closed.

    Exchange rates can change throughout the day and will vary depending on whether you are buying in store, online or over the phone.

      Why choose Tesco Bank Travel Money

      • Over 360 in-store travel money bureaux open seven days a week.
      • Free home delivery when you spend £500 or more online.
      • Free Click and Collect from our in-store bureaux and over 200 customer service desks.
      • The choice to buy currency and prepaid travel money cards from our in-store travel money bureaux.

        Buy your Bulgarian Lev online and collect it from over 560 Tesco stores

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

        If you’re going to Bulgaria, you can buy Bulgarian Lev with Click & Collect and pick it up when you do your weekly shop.

        Simply place your order online, and collect your Bulgarian currency from a Tesco Travel Money bureau or selected customer service desks. You can select a date to collect your currency when you place your order.

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            How far could your Lev go?

            Sofia

            Sofia

            • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв60.00
            • Cappuccino: Лв2.62
            • 0.5 litre of beer: Лв3.00
            • Soft drink: Лв1.83
            • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв1.24
            • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): Лв0.90
            • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): Лв0.80
            • One-way ticket on local transport: Лв1.60
            • Litre of petrol: Лв1.87

            Information sourced from Numbeo.com, March 2021.

              Burgas

              Burgas

              • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв50.00
              • Cappuccino: Лв2.59
              • 0.5 litre of beer: Лв2.50
              • Soft drink: Лв2.29
              • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв1.12
              • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): Лв1.00
              • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): Лв0.99
              • One-way ticket on local transport: Лв1.50
              • Litre of petrol: Лв2.00

              Information sourced from Numbeo.com, March 2021.

                Varna

                Varna

                • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв45.00
                • Cappuccino: Лв2.49
                • 0.5 litre of beer: Лв2.40
                • Soft drink: Лв1.71
                • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв1.06
                • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): Лв1.00
                • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): Лв0.98
                • One-way ticket on local transport: Лв1.00
                • Litre of petrol: Лв1.97

                Information sourced from Numbeo.com, March 2021.

                  Plovdiv

                  Plovdiv

                  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: Лв50.00
                  • Cappuccino: Лв2.53
                  • 0.5 litre of beer: Лв2.50
                  • Soft drink: Лв1.96
                  • Loaf of fresh white bread: Лв1.14
                  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): Лв0.99
                  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): Лв0.90
                  • One-way ticket on local transport: Лв1.00
                  • Litre of petrol: Лв2.14

                  Information sourced from Numbeo.com, March 2021.

                    Buy before you fly

                    Benefits of planning ahead

                    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.

                      Get your currency when it’s convenient for you

                      Use Click & Collect and arrange to pick up your Bulgarian Lev as part of your weekly shop, either from a Tesco Travel Money bureau or selected customer service desks. Or, you could try our home delivery service – free on all online orders of £500 or over.

                      Exchange rates can change throughout the day and will vary depending on whether you are buying in store, online or over the phone.

                        Handy information about Bulgaria and the Lev (BGN)

                        Facts about Bulgarian ATMs

                        • ATMs are widespread across Bulgaria, but there are daily withdrawal limits.
                        • Check that your card can be used at ATMs in Bulgaria and what the withdrawal fees are.

                        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.

                        Looking for a different currency?

                        We sell over 50 currencies. Order online for home delivery or collect from over 560 stores.

                        Important information

                        Card fees and cancellations

                        Buying foreign currency using a credit or debit card

                        No matter how you purchase your travel money, whether it be in store, online or over the phone, you will not be charged any card handling fee by us. However, regardless of your card type, your card provider may apply fees, e.g. cash advance fees or other fees, so please check with them before you purchase your travel money.

                          Click & Collect cancellations

                          You can cancel a Click & Collect order any time prior to collection. We'll refund you with the full Sterling amount that you paid for your order, unless you cancel less than 24 hours before your collection date, in which case we'll charge a £10 late cancellation fee.

                          We are unable to refund any fees charged by your card issuer, so please contact them if you have any further queries.

                            Currency buy back

                            When you get home, we'll buy your travel money back

                            Let us turn your unspent holiday money into Pounds. It couldn't be simpler.

                            Just pop into one of our in-store Travel Money Bureaux when you get back to the UK. We buy back all the currencies we sell in most banknote values and also the Multi-currency Cash Passport™.

                            It doesn't matter where you bought your money, even if you didn't buy it from a Tesco Travel Money Bureau.

                              Key product information

                              Tesco Travel Money is provided by Travelex

                              Tesco Travel Money ordered in store is provided by Travelex Agency Services Limited. Registered No. 04621879. Tesco Travel Money ordered online or by telephone is provided by Travelex Currency Services Limited. Registered No. 03797356. Registered Office for both companies: Worldwide House, Thorpewood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

                              Multi-currency Cash Passport™ prepaid currency card is issued by PrePay Technologies Limited (PPS) pursuant to license by Mastercard International. PPS is an electronic money institution authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (FRN:900010) for the issuing of electronic money and payment instruments, with its registered office at Floor 6, 3 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6HY, UK. PPS is registered in England under company number 04008083. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.