Burgas Tourism

Though there are many tourist attractions in the surrounding region (Nessebar, Sozopol, Sunny Beach) Bulgarian city itself does not have much to offer to tourists.  However it’s a very pretty town.

The city was settled 3000 years ago. The Thracians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Ottomans were some of the important empires who ruled the area.  They have all left an important mark on the city. The city gained its current name and look under the Ottoman Empire.  The city flourished thanks to trade in craft and grain.  In the 18th century it became the trade and administrative center of the region.  The late 19th and early 20th century saw some impressive industrialization.

Tourism wise there are two main attractions - the Sea Garden and the Regional Museum.  For those who want to get out of town there are several pretty lakes – Vaya, Atanasovsko and Mandrensko. These lakes are important salt resources, and also important habitats for migratory birds.  There is not much in the way of nightlife.

Essential travel information and Burgas tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC+02:00
  • Currency: Bulgarian lev (BGN). EUR may be accepted in payment. Check how much the exchange rate is going for, and don’t get scammed.
  • Electricity: 220-240 Volts; this is a powerful voltage, so check to make sure your appliances can handle it. Socket type is Europlug, Schuko.
  • Internet: Available in most places.
  • Languages: Bulgarian, Turkish, Romani, Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian.
  • Security: Increase in pickpockets in the summer. Make sure taxi drivers aren’t scamming you by charging higher rates. Avoid dark areas at night, and don’t be noisy. Ignore people offering a taste of fruit; it’s not free.
  • Off-Beaten Path: N/A
  • Tipping: a 10% tip is standard for Bulgarian taxis, barbers, waiters and tour guides. For hotel staff, about BGN 2 is sufficient.
  • Tourist Traps: N/A
  • Customs: Only friends and family address each other with first names.Avoid expensive gifts.Chrysanthemums, lilies or gladiolas are funeral flowers. Don’t give them casually.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Burgas

  • Know the pollution level of Burgas before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 53.95 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 35.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 10.71 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Burgas for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Burgas.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.48 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.63 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 38.89 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.63 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.3 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.59 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 59.26 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.96 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.15 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.83 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Burgas is 147.63 (High)

    • Safety Index 62.54 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 52.72 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17.25 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.76 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.9 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.03 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.63 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Burgas

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.79 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70.55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.07 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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