Bulgaria has three local SIM cards; A1 Bulgaria, Telenor, and Vivacom.
The three local SIM cards have a good 2G and 3G network coverage. But Telenor has the weakest 4G network coverage compared to A1 and Vivacom.
The local SIM cards in Bulgaria are cheap but their data package is very small.
Where can you purchase a local SIM card in Bulgaria?
- You can purchase immediately after landing, at the airport.
- At the local service providers’ shops.
- At the supermarkets.
SIM card registration for foreigners
When acquiring a local SIM card:
- You will need to present your passport.
- You are only limited to acquiring only a maximum of 10 SIM cards.
- Purchasing a Local SIM Card in Belgium (Travelers Guide).
- List of Local SIM Cards in the European Countries.
Let’s dive more into the three local Bulgarian SIM cards.
|A1 PREPAID CARD|
(Expires in 396 days after the last top-up)
|А1 Ваканция Плюс (A1 Vacation Plus)||6 BGN||1.5 GB||30 mins to 50 countries|
|А1 Комфорт Макс (A1 Comfort Max)||8 BGN||4 GB (Valid for 14 days)||200 domestic minutes|
|А1 Комфорт Giga (A1 Comfort Giga)||10 BGN||6 GB data (Valid for 14 days)||300 domestic minutes|
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The following data packages can top up all the above A1 plans:
|100 onnet, 100 offnet||5.99 BGN||C3|
|300 onnet, 150 offnet||14.99 BGN||C4|
It’s also worth noting that, if you won’t be making calls or texting while in Bulgaria, you can alternatively choose an A1 data-only SIM, known as A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet.
The A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet has the following offers:
|PRICE||DATA (Valid for 30 days)|
|15 BGN||15 GB|
|25 BGN||30 GB|
|40 BGN||50 GB data|
If you’re traveling to Bulgaria and not sure if you should use the local, international, or your home SIM card, read our guide – how to choose the best SIM card when traveling.
|8 BGN(include 3 BGN credit)||4 GB data||100 mins to all networks, and 200 mins to Telenor|
|10 BGN(include 3 BGN credit)||6 GB||100 mins to all networks, and300 mins to Telenor|
Telenor data packs available for the prepaid plans include:
Telenor also has 2 data-only SIM cards that offer the following:
|Mobile Internet 15||15 BGN||15 GB (Valid for 15 days)|
|Mobile Internet 30||30 BGN||30 GB (Valid for 30 days)|
Alternatively, travelers visiting Bulgaria can choose Telenor Tourist SIM, which has better data offers than the one above.
|Telenor Tourist SIM||DATA||MINUTES|
|6 BGN||4 GB data||30 mins to all EU destinations, Israel, Belarus, Bosnia, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, and Ukraine|