Varna, Bulgaria

GeoBlue International Health Insurance

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Varna, Bulgaria. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What are the pros and cons of living in Varna?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Varna responded:

"Bulgaria is a very historical country. Lots of interesting things to see, but you have to seek them out, so read travel books! Bulgaria is also a very traditional country where traditions are respected. "Martenitsa" is celebrated March 1st all over Bulgaria. Look it up, interesting! The major thing I do not like about Bulgaria is the car drivers who park anywhere and in any position as well as do not seem to respect speed limits. The Bulgarian staff at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia are, for the most part, "snotty", unprofessional, and act as if they are doing you a favor. I guess that living under socialism for so many years had influenced their behavior. I have dealt with embassies in other countries and have not been treated as "shabbily" as the Bulgarian staff at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. On the other hand, the U.S. citizen employees I have dealt with at the embassy have always been polite, professional and helpful. Fortunately they have never had to live under socialism...yet," said another expat in Varna.

"The U.S. Embassy in Sofia! The Bulgarians who work there are "down right snotty"! They give the impression that they are doing you a big favor and are sometimes just "rude". I am a retired U.S. citizen and I pay a lot of income tax, some of this tax goes to pay these embassy employees. So I do not feel that it is too much to expect a more professional attitude from them. However, the Americans I have dealt with at the embassy have been quite the opposite. They are polite, professional, and helpful. And...I continue to thank them. ," remarked another expat in Varna.

"I like living in Bulgaria, for the most part. It is not an old country...it is an "ancient" country with a rich history. Walking and traveling through this country is a real experience and I do it often. My only negative experience is when I have to visit the U.S. embassy. The American citizens who work there are helpful, polite, and professional. However, the Bulgarian citizens who work there tend to be quite the opposite. Some are "downright snotty". For the most part, they are unprofessional and act as it they are doing you a favor. This is irritating to me as I still pay a lot of income tax which pays the salaries of these people. On top of that, I always felt that visiting my embassy was like visiting the land of my birth," explained one expat in Varna.

"My biggest complaint is with traffic and parking. Regardless of the posted speed limits, they drive as they wish. Parking is anywhere and in any way even on the sidewalks. Banking seems to take longer than I would expect. Likely because I have U.S. dollars sent to my bank here which seem to take longer to withdraw. Also, one branch bank I have used, which is closer to my home, many times does not have dollars. Then I have to go downtown to the main bank. Try to find a parking space, then I take the dollars and go to a currency exchange where I always get a better rate than at my bank. Banking in Varna is not a big problem but at times it is irritating," said another expat in Varna.

Expats living in Bulgaria interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Get a Quote

Expats living in Bulgaria interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

What is the social scene like in Varna?

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member? Join Today (it's free).

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote


 

Varna, BulgariaGuide to Living in Varna, Bulgaria
Varna, Bulgaria: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Varna

Bulgaria Forum Bulgaria Forum
Join our Bulgaria forum to meet other people living in Varna, Bulgaria.

Contribute to Bulgaria Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Varna.

Healthcare in BulgariaHealthcare in Bulgaria

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Bulgaria.

Varna, BulgariaExpats Talk about Living in Varna

Expats talk about what it's like living in Varna, Bulgaria: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Varna Should Know

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Moving to Bulgaria2021 Guide to Moving to Bulgaria

What is it like to move to Bulgaria in 2021? Members offer advice for newcomers.

Guide to Real Estate in BulgariaGuide to Real Estate in Bulgaria

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Bulgaria.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Varna, BulgariaGuide to Living in Varna, Bulgaria

Varna, Bulgaria: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Varna

Bulgaria Forum Bulgaria Forum
Meet other people living in Varna.

Healthcare in BulgariaHealthcare in Bulgaria

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Bulgaria.

Varna, BulgariaExpats Talk about Living in Varna

Expats talk about what it's like living in Varna, Bulgaria: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Varna Should Know

ContributeContribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Varna.

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal