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Mobile Operators in Bulgaria

Mobile connectivity (GSM and 4G) in Bulgaria is robust and well-developed, with three primary mobile service providers: Vivacom, A1, and Yettel. These operators offer an array of comparable services, allowing users to choose based on personal preferences.

European SIM cards typically function seamlessly in Bulgaria, with no additional fees. The coverage provided by all three operators is comprehensive. Given Bulgaria’s compact geographical size, these companies maintain high-quality, stable cellular networks throughout the country.

These operators also offer comprehensive mobile internet packages that can be availed with prepaid SIM cards.

Mobile Telecom Operators in Bulgaria

These companies offer both prepaid and contract services. For foreigners, prepaid plans are recommended, which can be obtained from the following:

Prepaid packages

For tourists seeking short-term connectivity, each provider has tailored prepaid packages.

With all three operators you will find a wide variety of plans – data only, data and calls, holiday packages etc. In essence, Bulgaria’s mobile providers ensure a range of options catering to diverse needs, balancing coverage, speed, and cost-effectiveness.

Roaming in Bulgaria

Thanks to the EU’s “roam like at home” rule, visitors from EU countries can use their mobiles in Bulgaria just like at home, without extra charges. It’s a hassle-free way to stay connected while exploring Bulgaria. Just remember to check any usage limits with your provider.

Roaming for Non-EU Visitors in Bulgaria

It’s advisable to avoid using international roaming due to potential high costs. Instead, consider purchasing a local Bulgarian SIM card from providers like Vivacom, A1, or Yettel. These offer affordable data and call packages, ensuring you stay connected without hefty bills. Always ensure your phone is unlocked to accept foreign SIM cards before your trip.

Where to buy a SIM card in Bulgaria?

SIM cards can be purchased at any of the operator offices. The location of these offices can be found on the respective operator’s website or by doing a quick search on Google Maps.

To top app your account, you can visit the operator’s office. Simply provide them with your phone number, making sure to indicate that it’s a prepaid account.

Each mobile operator provides a dedicated mobile application. Downloading this app offers convenience and allows you to top up your account seamlessly from anywhere.

If you book an airport transfer, your driver can stop by a mobile operator office so you can buy a local SIM card.