Sofia, Bulgaria: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

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.

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

January

Traveling to Sofia in January, you will notice that it is frigid. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

February

If you are traveling to Sofia in February, 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 high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans

March

If you vacation in Sofia during March, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens

April

In April, Sofia is chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and 5-10 days this month 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 more than half of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella

May

May here is chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat

June

If you go to Sofia in June, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage

July

If you go to Sofia in July, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants

August

If you go to Sofia in August, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

September

September in Sofia is balmy. 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).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

October

October in Sofia is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage

November

November here is brisk. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat

December

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Sofia
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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