When is the best time to go to Bulgaria?

When is the best time to go to Bulgaria? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Bulgaria, the weather is good everywhere in May, July, August and September
  • The best months to go to Sofia are April, May, June, July, August, September and October
  • On average, the warmest months in Sofia are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The rainiest months in this city are May and June
  • The cities with the best climate are Sofia, Burgas, Plovdiv, Montana, Pazardjik, Pleven, Sliven, Vidin, Ardino and Etara, with good weather at least 7 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Burgas are June, July, August and September


Where and when to go based on the weather?

Black sea coast of Bulgaria
Varna, Slantchev Briag (Sunny Beach), Burgas...

July, August and September
74°F to 86°F°C
1 to 6 days
74°F to 77°F
May, June and October
65°F to 79°F°C
3 to 9 days
61°F to 72°F
April and November
56°F to 61°F°C
2 to 5 days
50°F to 58°F
January, February, March and December
40°F to 54°F°C
3 to 7 days
45°F to 52°F

Central of Bulgaria
Plovdiv, Pleven, Sliven...

August and September
77°F to 92°F°C
1 to 4 days
April, May, June, July and October
63°F to 90°F°C
2 to 13 days
November
54°F to 59°F°C
2 to 3 days
January, February, March and December
38°F to 58°F°C
3 to 6 days

North West of Bulgaria
Sofia, Montana, Vidin...

August and September
76°F to 92°F°C
2 to 5 days
April, May, June, July and October
61°F to 90°F°C
3 to 13 days
January, February, March, November and December
38°F to 56°F°C
3 to 8 days

South West of Bulgaria
Melnik, Blagoevgrad, Pazardjik...

May, June, July, August and September
67°F to 88°F°C
3 to 13 days
April and October
58°F to 68°F°C
3 to 10 days
January, February, March, November and December
38°F to 59°F°C
3 to 8 days

Best time to travel to Bulgaria by cities

Chargement en cours
Black sea coast Black sea coast Central Central North West North West South West South West

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Temperatures and rainfall in Bulgaria

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Bulgaria and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Sofia, Burgas, Plovdiv, Slantchev Briag (Sunny Beach) and Varna, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Bulgaria

Find out when Bulgaria has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Bulgaria

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December. The number of visitors to Bulgaria is high in: June, July, August and September.

  • Very low season in Bulgaria: January and February.
  • Low season in Bulgaria: March, April, May, October, November and December.
  • High season in Bulgaria: June and September.
  • Peak season in Bulgaria: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Bulgaria month by month



Average price for flights to Bulgaria

A return flight between London and Sofia is generally cheaper if you go in november ($ 71 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 154 more for your airline ticket to Sofia if you go in august.

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Where to go in Bulgaria?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Sofia40°F45°F52°F61°F70°F77°F83°F85°F77°F65°F56°F45°F
Burgas45°F49°F54°F61°F70°F79°F85°F85°F77°F67°F59°F49°F
Plovdiv45°F49°F56°F67°F76°F83°F88°F90°F81°F68°F59°F49°F
Slantchev Briag (Sunny Beach)45°F49°F52°F59°F68°F77°F83°F85°F77°F67°F58°F49°F
Varna43°F47°F52°F59°F68°F77°F83°F85°F77°F65°F58°F47°F
Blagoevgrad41°F47°F52°F63°F72°F79°F85°F86°F76°F65°F54°F45°F
Melnik45°F50°F56°F65°F72°F81°F86°F88°F81°F68°F59°F49°F
Montana38°F43°F54°F63°F72°F79°F85°F88°F77°F63°F54°F43°F
Pazardjik45°F49°F56°F65°F76°F83°F88°F88°F79°F68°F59°F49°F
Pleven40°F45°F56°F67°F74°F83°F88°F90°F81°F67°F56°F45°F
Sliven41°F47°F54°F63°F72°F81°F86°F88°F79°F67°F58°F45°F
Vidin40°F45°F56°F67°F76°F85°F90°F92°F81°F67°F56°F45°F
Albena43°F47°F52°F59°F68°F77°F83°F85°F77°F65°F58°F47°F
Ardino45°F49°F56°F65°F74°F81°F88°F90°F81°F67°F59°F49°F
Baltchik43°F45°F50°F56°F67°F76°F81°F81°F74°F65°F56°F49°F
Bansko38°F41°F49°F58°F67°F74°F79°F81°F72°F61°F52°F41°F
Byala45°F47°F52°F59°F68°F77°F83°F83°F76°F65°F58°F49°F
Chabla43°F45°F50°F58°F67°F76°F81°F83°F76°F65°F56°F49°F
Etara40°F45°F52°F63°F70°F77°F83°F86°F77°F65°F56°F45°F
Haskovo45°F49°F58°F67°F77°F85°F90°F92°F83°F68°F59°F49°F

Legend:

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good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather


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Is this weather information for Bulgaria reliable?

Climate data for Bulgaria has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Bulgaria allows us to determine the average for each month in Sofia, Burgas, Plovdiv, Slantchev Briag (Sunny Beach), Varna, Blagoevgrad, Melnik, Montana, and 31 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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