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The National Palace of Culture – Congress Centre Sofia is the largest multifunctional complex in South Eastern Europe perfectly equipped for realizing prestigious events of the whole range of cultural and social-economic life. The complex contains 15 multifunctional halls, 55 rooms for meetings, with total capacity of more than 8,000 seats and more than 15,000 square meters of exhibition area.

The venue is the winner of the 2009 New European Economy Silver Award in the category of “Best Congress  Centre” and was the main venue during the Bulgarian Presidency of  the Council of the  European Union in 2018.

The National Palace of Culture is situated in the centre of Sofia City and is in walking distance from most hotels.

Access to the venue from the airport:

The airport is situated about 20 - 30 minutes driving distance from the National Palace of Culture depending on traffic conditions.

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Accommodation

Sofia Airport

  • More than 4 285 flights weekly

  • 40 airlines

  • 78 destinations

Information on all flights to and from Sofia can be found on the Sofia Airport website.: www.sofia-airport.bg

By car

27 Border check points

By train

6 international train lines

How to get there

No visas are required for the citizens of the European Union and EFTA member countries to enter Bulgaria. European Identity Cards and passports are a valid identification document in Bulgaria.

Visa requirements for citizens of countries outside the European Union may differ according to the country of origin. Further information on visa control for Bulgaria is available at the official web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria: www.mfa.bg

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Time

Greenwich Mean Time + 2 hours, Central European Time + 1 ho

Electricity

220-240 V., 50 Hz.

The electricity plug is an European standard.

Phone Calls & Telecommunications:

The international dialing code for Bulgaria is (+359).

There are 3 GSM operators in Bulgaria that you can roam with: A1, Telenor and Vivacom. Please contact your provider for further details.

Wi-Fi

It is easily accessible and available everywhere. Free wi-fi areas could be found in most public areas, all hotels, shoping malls, most metro stations and even some of the parks such as South Park (Yuzhen park), Zaimov Park, Doctor’s Garden.

You can also expect that most of the cafes, restaurants and bars would have free wi-fi. Sometimes you might have to ask for a password at the counter but generally it’s free.

Banks

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00.  Passport/European Identity Card may be required for cashing cheques or exchanging currency. There are also ATMs.

Currency Information

The official currency in Bulgaria is LEV. The exchange rate is 1 Lev = 1.95583 Euro. It is advisable to exchange foreign currencies in money in bank offices.

Credit Cards

The main international credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shopping centers, car rental offices and restaurants. The stickers on the shop-windows or at the hotel entrances will provide you with information which credit cards are accepted.

Pharmacies

Usually open from 08:00 to 20:00. There are also 24-hour operating pharmacies.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink.

Weather

The weather in Bulgaria can be described with dry and hot summer and mild winter with lots of opportunity for skiing.

The month of September is usually characterized by warm and sunny weather.

Population

The population of Bulgaria is about 7 500 000 people; 1 500 000 million live in the capital (Sofia)

Official Language

The official language is Bulgarian.

English, German, French and Russian are fairly spoken as well.

Religion

The main religion in Bulgaria is Eastern Orthodox; other - Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, etc.

Shops

Shops are normally open every day from 10:00 till 20:00 including Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 till 14:00, in shopping centers from 10:00 till 22:00. There are also food stores open 24h.

Emergency Telephone Number

112 (for Ambulance, Fire Department and Police)

Tipping

In restaurants and hotels, taxis or other services, tipping is customary if you are pleased with the service. Approximately 10% of the bill is a good guideline.

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