For the lap-top toting and the smartphone obsessed here are a few ways to connect to the internet in Sofia.
FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS IN SOFIA
WiFi in Sofia is fast, reliable and widely available.
Practically every coffee shop and restaurant offers a free, unlimited and fast Wi-Fi. So do Sofia airport, the Central Train Station, most gas stations, shopping malls, as well as some parks.
Getting on the internet requires no more than a password, which you can request with a simple “Izvinete, kakva e parolata za internet?”
Expect free internet in your hotel or hostel and feel entitled to make a fuss if it is slow, unstable or if you are asked to pay for it.
If you don’t carry a smartphone, tablet or a laptop with you, get online via an internet terminal, complimentary or pay-as-you go. You can find an internet terminal at the Central Bus Station , the Sofia tourist office as well as in some of the offices of the local mobile operators.
INTERNET CAFES IN SOFIA
Here is a list of some internet cafes in central Sofia:
- Garibaldi Café
Address: Garibaldi Sq, 6 Graf Ignatiev St
Phone: +359 2 989 42 85
Address: 40 W. Gladstone St
Phone: + 359 897 277 533
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
HOTSPOTS IN SOFIA
The network of net365 consists of hundreds of hotspots throughout Sofia, covering most of the pedestrian areas and the city’s central part. It is absolutely free (but get ready for some heavy advertising)
To use the net365 hotspots, register and check the map for the closest hotspot to you.
You can also download a mobile application for iOS or Android for your mobile device.
MOBILE INTERNET IN BULGARIA
Mobile Internet for your smart phone
Unlimited 3G internet is a standard part of mobile operators packages in Bulgaria.
Travelers with prepaid mobile phone cards can add prepaid mobile internet to their services for as little as 2 lv. and talk and surf without signing up a long-term contract.
Note that it is required by law to register with the mobile operator anytime you purchase a prepaid mobile voice service.
- Telenor offers mobile internet as an add-on (starting at 2 lv for 50MB) to their prepaid traveler-tailored Visitor Starter Pack.
View all their prepaid mobile internet add-ons.
- Mtel offers Prima Sviat Package for 6 lv with 20MB mobile internet included and the option to add additional MBs for an additional price.
- Vivacom offers Get Max prepaid packages with 10MB included at the price of 6 lv.
Mobile Internet for tablets and laptops
3G Mobile internet
All 3 mobile operators offer prepaid 3G Internet for tablets and laptops starting at about 10 lv.
You will have to pay between 50 and 100 lv extra for the USB modem / wireless router.
- Telenor's GoWeb 2000 Plan offers 2GB of prepaid mobile internet for 10 lv.
- Mtel's prepaid mobile internet is called Data Prima and is available from 8lv for 100 MB valid for 15 days. No contract or registration is required.
- Vivacom's Easy Traffic offers 2.5 GB for 15 lv.
4G Mobile Internet
4G (internet service only) is currently only offered by Max Telecom.
You can get prepaid 4G internet and a USB device for 70 lv. The service is valid for 30 days without a long-term contract.
Expect speeds averaging at about 10 Mbps.
Currently 4G only works in the bigger cities in Bulgaria.
INTERNET IN BULGARIA
The name of Bulgaria might not evoke an image of technological advancement, but Bulgarians enjoy one of the fastest broadband internet connections in the world.
At home, Bulgarians get speeds that peak at over 80 Mbps for the equivalent of 10 euro per month.
In 2014 the connection in the country averaging 38 Mbps or close to twice the global average.