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The Most Common Questions About Plovdiv & Answers by Locals

Every week, we get a good number of questions about Plovdiv through our contact page and social media channels. Although we are always happy to answer your questions, sometimes the same questions arise and the same answers are repeated over and over again. As a time-saving measure, we decided to create this section and put all the Q&As on one page. Please feel free to send us any questions you have about Plovdiv through our contact page or via our social media channels if you cannot find the answer on this page. Also, we'll add those answers here so others can benefit. (alert-passed)

Is Plovdiv a safe city for foreigners?

Most crime rates are associated with crowded cities and low income levels. Even though Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city, it has a relatively small population of 343K. Plovdiv also ranks relatively high among Bulgarian cities when it comes to income levels. Bulgarian people welcome tourists and visitors from other cities warmly since it is a touristic place because of its history. In terms of crime statistics, Plovdiv has a low rate.

Is the tap water in Plovdiv safe to drink?

The tap water in Plovdiv is drinkable. As reported by WHO, 99% of Bulgarian cities, towns, and rural areas have access to clean drinking water resources that is available when needed. Take extra precautions, the water may be safe when it leaves the treatment plant, but it could pick up contaminants on the way to your tap. It is advisable to ask locals or hotel staff about the water's quality in your area. You may also consider purchasing a water filter jug that is widely available in major supermarkets as a great solution to your concerns.

Is Plovdiv a good destination for backpackers?

According to our understanding, backpackers travel on a budget to maximize their enjoyment while on vacation. Plovdiv is one of the best backpacker destinations in Europe if you want to make the most of your trip without breaking the bank. There is no lack of choice when it comes to hostels and cheap hotels, as well as a variety of attractions and affordable food. At the end of the day Bulgaria is one of the cheapest countries in Europe.

Is Euro accepted for everyday purchases in Plovdiv?

Despite being an EU member, Bulgaria has not yet adopted the Euro. While the Bulgarian government has confirmed that the nation will adopt the Euro as its official currency in 2024, the country can only use the ''Lev'' today.

What is Plovdiv Famous For?

During 2019, Plovdiv was the European Capital of Culture, making it the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In addition, Plovdiv claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited European city, having existed for more than 6,000 years.

Is Plovdiv Worth Visiting?

Bulgaria attracts 12 million tourists a year on average, according to pre-covid stats. Despite the fact that most tourists prefer seaside resorts and ski resorts, Plovdiv accounts for 9% of all tourists. That translates to nearly a million visitors a year. Hopefully, that gives you enough insight into whether Plovdiv is worth visiting. 

How Many Days Should I spend in Plovdiv to Fully Explore It?

An ideal Plovdiv itinerary should last between three and four days, if you wish to see the main sites and also be able to delve a little deeper.

Can I Live in Plovdiv Without Learning Bulgarian Language?

Yes, that's possible. However, if you are planning to stay for a long time, we highly recommend you learn a little Bulgarian, at least the basics, it will be of great value to you and the Bulgarian people.

Is the Plovdiv Airport functional?

Yes, it is, but it has very little capacity. Currently, flights are only available from/to London, Ireland, and Germany. 

Does Plovdiv qualify as a modern city?

The answer is yes and no. It is a city that is rapidly developing. Its history and communist roots can be seen in virtually every building, but in response to it's popularity among international tourists, it is undergoing rapid transformations. Although the city centre or nearby districts have a modernized appearance, the areas on the outskirts of the city have a more traditional appearance.

What Season is The Best to Visit Plovdiv?

Plovdiv is very lively and active during the months of May to November. 

Are There Enough Parks and Green Spaces in Plovdiv for Nature Lovers?

A lot of green areas and parks can be found in and around Plovdiv, including in the city centre and beyond. This city will surely charm you if you appreciate nature. 

What's the most annoying thing about Plovdiv?

Few things. Bureaucracy is heavily reliant on paper instead of digital tools, making every application extremely slow to process. The noise pollution caused by high-powered motorbikes racing illegally on the main streets of Plovdiv is problematic. To issue your water bill, your water meters are manually read by a person. Due to the fact that most apartments have their water meters within the property, somebody knocks on your door every month to read your meter even at inconvenient times.

As an English speaker, can I find a job in Plovdiv?

Sure, you can. Bulgaria is Europe's tax heaven. Large companies from England and the United States relocate their business to the city in order to benefit from it. Typically, they hire only English-speaking employees. 

What are The 3 Best Things About Living in Plovdiv?

In fact, more than three exist. Nonetheless, to answer this question precisely; cheap prices, abundance of green areas, and clean food would be the top three.

I Have A European Passport. Can I Stay In Plovdiv As Much As I Want?

You're allowed to stay 90 days. You must apply for a residency card at the immigration office if you plan to stay in Plovdiv for longer than three months. Sadly, many passport holders from Europe ignore this and suffer the consequences. You wouldn't be thrown out of the country if you stay here longer than three months. But if you leave and want to return later, they can prevent you from entering the country. 

Is Plovdiv Cyclist Friendly City?

People in Plovdiv have access to a great network of cycling routes. They are all separated from the traffic. Read this article: Cycling in Plovdiv

Does Plovdiv have any bad neighborhoods?

A neighborhood being called bad would be offensive to its residents. There are some remote places that are less developed compared to those near the city center in terms of appearance. 

How is the air quality in Plovdiv?

Despite higher air pollution due to coal burning for heating during the winter, Plovdiv most of the times remains in the green zone in terms of air quality index. Thanks to its many old and big trees all around the city as well as green spaces and parks. You can read more detailed analysis here.

In Plovdiv, are alcohol and tobacco expensive?

No, tobacco and alcohol are dirt cheap, especially Bulgarian brands.

What is the average cost of a cup of coffee in Plovdiv?

Depending on the type of coffee and where you drink it, the average cost is around 1 Euro at the shops and 30 cents at the coffee vending machines that are everywhere. 

While in Plovdiv, what are the best traditional Bulgarian foods to try?

It is possible to make a very long list, but there are some that you should try first: Banitsa, Kebabche, Kyufte, Shopska Salata, Tarator, Lyutenitsa, and Turshia. These are very famous traditional Bulgarian foods, loved by everyone.

Is Plovdiv better than Sofia to live for expats?

Neither city is better than the other, so this question cannot be answered with 'yes' or 'no'. Sofia is, however, Bulgaria's largest city, and in general, bigger cities come with bigger problems and responsibilities. Based on a few specific factors, we have created an article comparing those cities. Read it here

What is the most awkward thing you might encounter in Plovdiv?

No idea if it's common in Plovdiv or all over the country, but on the local buses (public transport) most of the time, music (radio) is played, and the sound comes through all the speakers pretty loudly.

Among all the things to do in Plovdiv, what are the top three instagrammable places?

It can vary from person to person, but the three places that appear the most on social media are: Hisar Kapia in the Old Town, Regata Venue as the sun sets, and Roman Theatre near Nebet Tepe.