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Bulgarian Leu (BGN) exchange rate




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The Bulgarian Leu is the official currency of Bulgaria
Notes: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 leva
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 stotinki and 1, 2 leva
Subunit: stotinka
Code: BGN
Symbol: лв.

More Info: National Bank of Bulgaria

If you are travelling to Bulgaria you will need to exchange Euros into Bulgarian Levs. In Eurochange you can buy Bulgarian Levs with the best rate and with total availability. Buy them online now or find the nearest exchange office with with the service to buy currency.


About Bulgarian Lev

The Bulgarian Lev (plural leva or levove) is the official currency of Bulgaria. Its ISO 4217 code is BGN and its abbreviation is лв, but it’s also common to see it represented as Lv. Each Lev is divided into 100 stotinki.

History of the currency of Bulgaria

The Lev is the official currency of Bulgaria since 1881. In 2007 Bulgaria entered the European Union, but for the time being it has not entered the Euro Zone, thus maintaining its own currency.

The Lev is the official currency of Bulgaria since 1881. During these years it has suffered three revaluations: one in 1952, another one in 1962 and the third in 1999.

In 1952, after the Second World War, because of inflation a new Lev replaced the previous one. One new Lev was equivalent to 100 Leva. In 1962 the exchange rate was established in 10 to 1 (10 Lev would be equivalent to 1 new Lev). The ISO code that was given to the currency at this time was BGL. In 1999 the last revaluation took place with the change from 1000 Lev to 1. After this change the code of the currency became BGN, the same as it is today.

In 2007, Bulgaria became part of the European Union. Although for the moment it has not entered the Euro Zone, which continues to maintain its own currency, there have been several possible dates to adopt the single currency in the last decade. But the economic crisis has been delaying this date. However, in the future they should leave the Lev and join the Euro.

Bulgarian Lev banknotes and coins

The Bulgarian Lev notes are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Leva. There are two series of banknotes in circulation. The first one was issued from 1999 whose notes are 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Leva. Between 2003 and 2009 new notes of the same amounts were issued, but also a new denomination was added: the 100 Leva note.


Bulgarian Lev legal tender notes

In the notes of 2 Leva the image of Saint Paisius of Hilendar appears, in the 5 Leva one appears Ivan Milev, in the 10 note appears Doctor Peter Beron, in the 20 Leva note appears Stefan Stambolov, in the 50 one appears Pencho Slaveykov and in the 100’s appears Aleko Konstantinov. They are all illustrious figures from different fields such as culture, science and politics of the country.

In 2005, the National Bank of Bulgaria also issued a 20 Leva note commemorating the issuance of the first 20 Leva note in 1885.

The designs of the two series are practically the same, only the security measures that have been improved over the years change.

The Bulgarian Lev coins in circulation are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 stotinkas and 1 and 2 Leva. In the smallest coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and some 50’s) the Horseman Madara appears, a relief of a horseman carved in stone that is a World Heritage Site. In the other denominations appear references to objects, facts or historical characters relevant to the country.

Tips to travel to Bulgaria

If you are looking for a destination to travel this year, on our blog you can discover Plovdiv, one of the most ancient cultural capitals in Europe and we give 5 reasons to travel to Bulgaria.


How many Lev do I need to travel to Bulgaria?

If you are preparing a trip to Sofia, Plovdiv or any other city in Bulgaria and you are not sure how much money you might need, it will be our pleasure to help you. Our clients usually exchange around 370 Euros in Bulgarian Levs. To approximately calculate how many Levs you need for your trip you should take into account whether once you get there you have to pay for hotels, rental cars, excursions or entrance fees, or you will only have the day-to-day expenses such as food, public transport or shopping.