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Living in Sofia, Bulgaria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Sofia, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 15 people living in Sofia what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Most important piece of advice I’d give to newcomers is to choose their accommodation in close proximity to the underground or any big shopping mall. Also, consider practicing Bulgarian before or make sure you have access to a dictionary or have a friend that is familiar with the language and you can trust.

Martina, says: 2020

Sofia is great city. A lot of places to eat and have fun, also very polite people. Although there is much air pollution and pretty dangerous traffic it’s a great city to be in in terms of work and studying. Peaceful and full of awesome food. Be ready to escape your typical crowded cities!

Mihaela, says: 2020

Sofia is an absolutely beautiful city. There are many museums and galleries in the city center. They are easy to reach from almost any part of the town since the public transport network is very well developed. There are a lot of parks and gardens and even though Sofia is the capital of the country everything is relatively cheap.

Viktor, says: 2020

The city is very beautiful, indeed. It has multicultural environment and diverse opportunities for a great holiday for any tourist visiting. It has a beautiful mountain very close by, called “Vitosha mountain” and that is a great way to relax. visit both the cultural monuments, and the breathtaking nature of both Sofia and Bulgaria.

Aleksandra, says: 2020

If you decide to move to Sofia, you should either have a car or be willing to use public transportation. It is a large city, around 20 kilometers in diameter so you need to have a way to move around. Another thing you need to know is that the city centre is expensive to live in, but there are numerous shops of all kinds, so you might find the best place near the centre.

Sofia is a modern capital. It is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans. A crossroads since ancient Roman times. Modern infrastructure and professional staff make it a safe place for investment. Filled with natural resources and Vitosha mountain ranks the city among the best to live in Eastern Europe.

Mariya, says: 2020

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It is a city rich in culture and history. Sofia is the only city in Europe that has places of worship of four different major religions located close to each other. The city lights are spectacular during the night and the days are sunny and perfect for hiking in the nearby mountains. The climate is warm and temperate. Although Bulgarian is the native language in the country, but more than 50 percent of the population of Sofia speaks English.

Martina, says: 2020

Sofia is well known for being the home of the National Palace of Culture, the National Opera, the Vasil Levski national stadium, the Serdica Amphitheatre (Serdica is the city’s roman old name). The bulgarian foods are pretty worth checking out. In Bulgaria almost everybody who currently isn’t leaving in Sofia moves there. The city is overpopulated and there isn’t something like a rush hour, it’s not just hours it’s 24/7. The city is really polluted, again because of the overpopulation. People are moving to Sofia only because there is work, not because the city is worth it or something.

Marina, says: 2020

Sofia is the capital of a little country in Eastern Europe named Bulgaria. It is a very beautiful city with great infrastructure and nice people. Sofia is near Vitosha and Lyulin mountains which is great. The city has a lot of parks, cosy cafes and nice restaurants. Sofia is full of life and is a great place for young people, who are searching for a good job and a great place.

Figure out how they will move around in Sofia as it’s quite large, there is loads of traffic and drivers here are not attentive whatsoever. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful place to walk around in, so if they enjoy walking, I would advise them to do so. Also, one should find a place to stay as soon as they can, being stranded here can be awful.

Valeria, says: 2020

It is a relatively small city but with great history. The city offers not only a variety of places to visit but also it is near mountain Vitosha which makes for a great hiking spot. The people are friendly and will make feel at home. There are a lot of museums that will give you a sense of our history and culture.

Ekaterina, says: 2020

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It is a very beautiful place. The town has a population of nearly two million people. The country’s climate has four seasons. If you visit the town in summer, you can enjoy the nice summer whether. In winter, you can go skating.

Christiania, says: 2020

Sofia is a city with rich and long history, starting from Eastern Roman times through today. A lot of historical buildings, and parts of the old city fortress and walls, can be seen. The city lies in close proximity to Vitosha mountain, which offers great possibilities for hiking.

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It is big and lively city with a lot of historical sights. There are a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants you can explore. The city lies just below Vitosha mountain, which is only a short ride distance from the city center. It is a great hiking destination for all outdoor seekers.

Georgi, says: 2020

One of the most important things when it comes to moving here is to consider whether you want to live a peaceful and introverted life or an extroverted and outgoing one. It’s a great city – very beautiful and peaceful but you have to know here you’ll get bored pretty easily.

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