Tips (or gratuities) in Sofia and in Bulgaria are discretionary and should depend on the quality of the service you receive.
There are some situations when it is customary to leave a tip.
Here are a few tipping guidelines:
TIPPING IN SOFIA’S RESTAURANTS
It is accepted to leave between 8- 10% of the bill when eating out in a restaurant.
Some restaurants that cater to tourists often add on a service charge of about 10%, so it is worth checking the bill if you don’t want to tip twice.
TIPPING IN SOFIA’S CAFES
In cafés, your bill will often be rounded up to the nearest lev. You can leave a lev or two extra, but only if you are happy with the service.
TIPPING IN BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS IN SOFIA
People generally tip bartenders and servers in bars and nightclubs by rounding up the bill or by simply not waiting for the change.
TIPPING IN HOTELS IN SOFIA
Hotels in Bulgaria do not charge an extra service fee.
Hotel porters/bellhops will expect about 2 lv per suitcase if they help with your luggage.
It hotel restaurants and bars tip at 10%, as you would in any restaurant or bar.
For room cleaning staff, you can leave an amount of your choosing on departure.
Tips for other hotel staff such as front desk, concierges and doormen are discretionary.
TIPPING TAXI DRIVERS
Taxi drivers will round up the fare to the nearest 50 stotinki or 1 lev. In the rare occasions when you are exceptionally happy with the service, you can leave an extra lev.
TIPPING GAS/PETROL STATION ATTENDANTS
Petrol station attendants will fill up your gas tank for you. Indeed, there are many Bulgarian drivers who have never filled their own fuel. It is customary to leave some small change with the attendants, who will also wash your windshield and check your tires.
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