Sofia, Bulgaria: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Sofia, Bulgaria? If you're planning to go to Sofia, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Sofia, Bulgaria

Based on the climate and weather in Sofia, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Sofia, Bulgaria

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sofia, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb kit.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Sofia, Bulgaria

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Sofia.

If you plan to go to the lovely St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

Synagogues may enforce dress requirements. At Sofia Synagogue:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to visit the must-see Banya Bashi Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who is allowed to enter the building; it is best to check with the Sofia tourism authority.

If you go to Park National Palace of Culture, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these

If you see National Museum of Military History, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Knyaz Battenberg's Palace, take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Sofia.

What to wear/what to pack for Sofia, Bulgaria by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January for Sofia is very cold. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows regularly.

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February

If you are traveling to Sofia in February, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain or snow 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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March

Traveling to Sofia in March, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain or snow 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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April

If you vacation in Sofia during April, you may find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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May

In May, Sofia is relatively cool. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Sofia, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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June

If you visit Sofia during June, you might see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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July

If you vacation in Sofia during July, you may see that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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August

If you vacation in Sofia during August, you may find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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September

September in Sofia is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C).

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October

In October, Sofia can be chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) and regularly jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Sofia, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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November

Traveling to Sofia in November, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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December

Traveling to Sofia in December, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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