Working from Bulgaria?
Digital nomads' must-see.

Are you used to working from a beach, the backseat of a minivan, or the cafeteria of a museum? Or, if you’re not yet a digital nomad, but you’re determined to capitalize on the new reality by establishing a year-round home office? If that’s the case, this is the article for you.

In the following sections, we will reveal Bulgaria’s untapped potential, which had already begun to incorporate the “on-remote” work culture prior to the series of lockdowns. We used our joint experience to compile the most important information about digital nomadism in Bulgaria into a single location.

Why Bulgaria?

Are you bored of working under routine and constraint?

When Khan Asparukh established a little Balkan state around 1330 years ago, he had you in mind. He chose areas with beautiful mountains, lush plains, vast woods, pure mineral springs, and the endless blue of the Black Sea, where the ancient Thracians, Hellenes, and Romans once thrived. He was referring to Bulgaria…

If that isn’t enough, it also has amazing architecture and one of the best cuisines in Europe. Mekitsi, lutenitsa, and lukanka are all good options. And brandy, often known as rakia… we make it out of everything. And now the international argument has ended: yoghurt is a Bulgarian product!

Bulgaria’s colourful population continues to flout convention and live independently. Despite our rowdy tempers, we welcome visitors from other countries and make them feel at ease.

Bulgaria is much more than just a tourism destination. It is ethnic, small, lovely, and nice. Many foreigners call this part of the world home, and many digital nomads selected it as a stopover on their lengthy list of unique places to live. We are grateful that Bulgarians adopted the co-working trend early on, and as a result, we created strong traditions in shared workspaces. They can be found in many Bulgarian cities, not just Sofia. They are also commonly used as an international hub for idea development and execution.

We can’t forget about the cost of living. Our currency (Bulgarian lev) is pegged to the euro and costs exactly twice as much. In other words, if you earn 2,000 euros, it will be equivalent to around 4,000 BGN here, allowing you to live comfortably … even luxuriously.

We guarantee you will fall in love once you arrive in the region of rose fields and the strongest brandy, of fiery pepper and bottomless wells of history. If not in Bulgaria, but certainly with a Bulgarian woman!

But let’s get a little more detailed about where all this magic is concealed.

Working space
Office space with a mountain in the background. Photographer: Hristo Sahatchiev

Where in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria was long known as a party destination due to the inexpensive pricing at the country’s seaside and mountain resorts. Although the nightlife is still bustling, this notion has been broken in recent years with the entry of various global corporations into the Bulgarian market. They encouraged jobs in the service industry and recruited highly skilled foreign workers.

Apart from Sofia, the clear economic powerhouse of Bulgaria, there are several more notable cities worth visiting. And, in keeping with the trend of supporting digital nomadism, each of these communities has its own unique spots for collaborative work. Here’s a list of our favourite coworking spaces!

A church, a mosque, and a synagogue can all be found at the same intersection in Sofia. A restaurant where you can eat your way around the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America in one evening and still have energy for a glass of wine at a rooftop bar with a breathtaking view. On such rooftops, there are also communal workstations. Our metropolis, like any other, does not sleep, despite its idyllic setting between five mountains. (In addition, we offer non-sleeping coworking spaces.) However, there aren’t many cities in the world where you can walk to work and then go on a 20-minute mountain hike.

Betahaus Sofia was founded June 2012 and nowadays they have 4 different locations around the city.

It started as an IT startup. They needed an office. They didn’t find one. Long story short, now they make coworking spaces for amazing IT humans. Cool, huh? 

Coworking spaces are available in Sofia and Plovdiv. They are the brand with the most coworking spaces in Bulgaria, with a total of six sites.

Varna - Тhe diva of the Black Sea.

Varna and its inhabitants will leave you dumbfounded with the sea breeze, sprats, and fried potatoes… It is beautiful and expansive, but it is also extremely functional, as only one sea garden separates you from the beach and the core of the city. You can simply walk through Varna’s lovely streets in flip-flops, sip a cocktail in one of its numerous parks, and touch history through the ruins of former cities.

If you’re looking for a rush, the bungee jump from the Asparukh Bridge is for you! And there are so many sights to see in Varna that it will take you at least a month to see them all.

Work del Mar is a Colombian-themed coworking space. Freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small teams will find our place inspiring and distinctive.

As freelancers, we understand very well the need for a productive work environment. Switch coworking space was created by freelancers for freelancers

Innovator is the first-of-its-kind maker and coworking space in Varna, where tech enthusiasts, innovators, and freelancers can meet, work and cooperate.

Plovdiv, Europe’s cultural hub and St. Petersburg’s twin city has a distinct individuality. Music, fashion, history, and architecture spanning Antiquity to Art Deco are all squeezed between six syenite mounds that offer a bird’s eye perspective of the city… and beautiful dramatic sunsets. Plovdiv is the place to be if you want to immerse yourself in culture and get lost in the small streets dotted with art galleries and charming cafes!

Hub for creative souls, whether they are temporary fly-by-nighters (or weeks) or permanent residents looking for roots in a dynamic community.

Coworking spaces are available in Sofia and Plovdiv. They are the brand with the most coworking spaces in Bulgaria, with a total of six sites.

Central location, in the heart of Plovdiv, for a modern workspace. 

Other locations in big cities around Bulgaria

There are various coworking spaces in Bulgaria, some of which are rather interesting. Cities such as Ruse and Stara Zagora provide good living conditions while also offering some working space possibilities.

Nebula coworking space lives in the iconic father’s house of Alexander Marulev – soloist of the State Opera – Stara Zagora.

Not only will you find so-called open workplaces here, but also offices and spaces for presentations and idea sharing.

The location is up in the mountain. Part of the hut Rilski Ezera, also provides a coworking place with great views.

And here are a couple off-the-beaten-path gems:

We can’t help but recommend some off-the-beaten-path spots for city inhabitants. If you appreciate calm and the environment, you will appreciate the founders of these coworking spaces. You’ve probably heard about Bansko. The town has become a popular European location for digital nomads. The Bansko Nomad Fest is a must-see summer destination for tens of thousands of office workers.

And now that we’ve given you some suggestions about where to work, let’s focus on the formal aspect of your stay in Bulgaria.

Bansko Nomad Fest

Organised by Coworking Bansko

For one week hundreds of nomads, remote workers and freelancers will take over a beautiful village in Bulgaria for an amazing mix of presentations, workshops, sports, mindfulness and nature.

Useful information

Visa

Bulgaria, being a member of the European Union, provides very favourable conditions for nomads having European citizenship. A valid identity document (identity card or passport) is all that is required for a stay of up to 6 months in the nation. In essence, you are entering the country as a tourist. It is also suggested that you obtain a European Health Card so that you can use emergency medical services without restriction if needed.

If you are not from the EU, we recommend that you read the List of countries whose residents, and holders of regular passports, require or do not require a visa to enter Bulgaria, and then contact the Embassy responsible for your country at the Republic of Bulgaria. Check the link of the Minestry of Forigner Affairs of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria currently does not provide specific visas for digital nomads.

Nomad Balkans

Experience the Balkans while working remotely

Our friends from Nomad Balkans can assist you with any administration or business needs. Also, look them up because they provide breathtaking experiences all around the country.

Accommodation

The issue of accommodation is easily resolved because most landlords agree to rent their properties to foreigners. Rent is not expensive in the country, but securing a short-term lease with a landlord may be challenging. They are normally valid for 6 months or a year and demand a deposit of 1-2 months’ rent. Summer is an exception on the Black Sea shore, when landlords are more lenient.

For short-term stays, Airbnb is the best alternative. If you prefer the idea of a shared dwelling over a shared office, there are many appealing options for hostel housing in Sofia, Plovdiv, and Varna.

After you’ve decided on a destination, a documentary, and a place to stay, consider how you’ll use your free time while traveling across Bulgaria.

Coliving places around Bulgaria

Coliving spaces in Bulgaria are primarily created to meet the demands of digital nomads, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and young professionals looking for a flexible and inclusive living environment. These facilities frequently include a mix of private bedrooms and communal living areas such as kitchens, dining rooms, and co-working spaces where tenants can work, socialize, and rest.

We’ve selected a few very unique locales where you may effortlessly combine living and working.

Zellin House is located on a hill in Zellin, a mountainous location with spectacular views. Aside from that, it is only 50 kilometers from Sofia.

This coliving space was a mineral water spa for local employees with two buildings and an 8000sq.m. lawn between the sea and Burgas. Renovated in 2020.

A unique distraction-free 200-unit coliving destination in a remote location in Bulgaria based on community, collaboration and cooperation.

When in Bulgaria

The culinary richness of this small Balkan country will impress you, but it will not be your only activity here. Bulgaria loves festivals and cultural events, so there will be many of them: the Night of the Museums in Sofia, Kapana Fest in Plovdiv, or some jazz festival… the list is endless. So read on for more.

You will have the opportunity to learn about traditions you have never seen before. Cookers and fireplaces are wrapped in mystery and will transport you beyond earthly existence. On March 1st, you will tie your boots, and on New Year’s Eve, the neighbourhood children will salute you for good health. You will wander through the infinite Thracian plain and absorb its perfume on a rosebush in the morning.

Words cannot express what you will experience in Bulgaria, no matter how much we tell you about its allure. You simply must come and experience it with your senses!

If you grow bored, don’t worry: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas are the hubs of two of Europe’s largest low-cost airlines. Wizz Air and Ryanair offer rapid and low-cost flights to a variety of destinations (both local and far). You pick whether to visit Bulgaria for a weekend break or as a starting point for your next nomadic adventure.

But trust us when we say that once you step foot in Bulgaria, you will want to return again and again.

A final word

We invite you to join us on an adventure in a magical country. A destination where you will have a lot of everything, where you will taste the Balkan dolce far niente, and where you will discover new business and development chances.

If we haven’t persuaded you yet, go ahead and buy aircraft tickets. Bulgaria will persuade you all by itself. And we’re here to assist!