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SIM Cards in Bulgaria: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Bulgaria – known for its opera singers, folk dances & John Atanasoff (inventor of the first digital computer).

It is also a popular travel destination because it is relatively inexpensive (especially compared to the Nordics).

But Bulgaria also has a lot to offer in terms of sights and attractions.

Sunny Beach is a beach well-known throughout Europe.

Those who love nature always recommend the Seven Rila Lakes.

And those in love with churches head to the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila or Saint Alexander Nevsky Patriarch's Cathedral.

You should not be bored in Bulgaria.

While the country may be cheap, international roaming certainly will not be cheap.

That is why you should get a local SIM card to enjoy local rates, like a Bulgarian one.

So, how expensive are Bulgarian SIM cards?

You can get a Bulgarian SIM card for between 6 BGN (3.30 USD) to 50 BGN (27.30 USD) from A1, 7 BGN (3.80 USD) to 20 BGN (10.90 USD) from Vivacom & 8 BGN (4.35 USD) to 40 BGN (21.85 USD) from Yettel (formerly Telenor) in their stores. SIM cards may be sold at Sofia Airport (SOF).

Telenor Bulgaria has been rebranded to Yettel Bulgaria since March 2022. I will make sure this change will be reflected in this guide soon eventually, lol. Just read “Yettel” instead of “Telenor”. The plan selection and prices should still be the same.

All SIM cards include starter perks in terms of credit, data, minutes, and/or SMS, so those starter prices are certainly not bad at all for European standards.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Bulgaria. Let's get started.

Buying a SIM Card in Bulgaria Guide (logos of Yettel, Vivacom & A1)

Original publication: 6th of January 2022. Last updated: 2nd of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Bulgaria?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Bulgaria, I recommend going with A1 or Vivacom. A1 has, overall, a great network. Vivacom is the fastest (on 4G/LTE) and has the cheapest plans.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

Bulgaria has three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel Bulgaria)
  • Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor Bulgaria)
  • Vivacom Bulgaria
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Anyone 18 or older living in or visiting Bulgaria can buy a Bulgarian SIM card with no real restrictions, but you do have to comply with the Bulgarian SIM card registration regulations.

And if you are younger than 18, you can still get a SIM card if your parents buy one for you (in their name).

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Which, in this case, is only showing your passport (or European Union ID if you have one) at the point of sale.

Where Can You Buy a Bulgarian SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Bulgarian SIM card in A1 (formerly Mtel), Yettel (formerly Telenor) & Vivacom stores. Some Bulgarian airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

You can expect to pay the following for Bulgarian SIM cards:

  • A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel): 6 BGN, 15 BGN, 25 BGN & 40/50 BGN (four starter packs)
  • Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor): 8 BGN, 10 BGN, 15 BGN, 25 BGN & 40 BGN (five starter packs)
  • Vivacom Bulgaria: 12 BGN & 20 BGN (two starter packs)

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date BGN (Bulgarian Lev) to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between BGN and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 BGN = 0.55 USD
  • 10 BGN = 5.45 USD
  • 100 BGN = 54.60 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Bulgaria

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with Bulgaria's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for privacy reasons (for example) or want to be connected immediately without paying for an overpriced SIM card (or eSIM) sold at a Bulgarian airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Bulgaria.

In my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Buying an eSIM for Bulgaria Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bultel, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than a Bulgarian SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this Bulgaria SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for Bulgaria:

  • Airalo: Bultel (Bulgaria only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Bulgaria, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Bulgaria Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bultel, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

Bulgarian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel), Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor) & Vivacom Bulgaria, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that said, let's see what Bulgaria offers us.


A1 Bulgaria (А1 България – formerly Mtel Bulgaria/Мтел България)

A1 Logo
© A1

A1 Bulgaria (А1 България), just A1 and formerly Mtel Bulgaria (Мтел България), is the largest mobile operator in Bulgaria.

It also has the fastest 5G network – double the speed of its competitors.

Unfortunately, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet) 🥲.

A1, as a company, is from Austria and is active in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia & Slovenia.

A1 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3600 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about A1:

* Coverage
* How to Get an A1 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

A1 has extensive coverage throughout Bulgaria.

While 4G/LTE with A1 is available almost everywhere, it is still (slightly) lacking behind Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor) & Vivacom Bulgaria.

Below is A1's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

You can buy an A1 SIM card, called A1 Holiday Plus, for 6 BGN with 1500 MB and 30 local/international minutes (to select destinations) or data-only SIM cards for 15 BGN (15 GB), 25 BGN (30 GB), or 40/50 BGN (50 GB) in A1 stores. A1 SIM cards may be available at Sofia Airport (SOF).

A1 Bulgaria Holiday Plus SIM Card
© A1 Bulgaria

The local and international minutes to select destinations with the A1 Holiday Plus SIM card are as follows:

  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Below is an overview of the A1 data-only SIM cards:

Price SIM Card Data Validity
15 BGN Prepaid Mobile Internet 15 GB 15 GB 30 days
25 BGN Prepaid Mobile Internet 30 GB 30 GB 30 days
50 BGN 1 Prepaid Mobile Internet 50 GB 50 GB 30 days

1 since mid-2019, this SIM card has often been sold for 40 BGN instead. It may be the new permanent price

A1 Bulgaria Mobile Internet Data Only SIM Cards
© A1 Bulgaria

Dial *123# to access the A1 menu.

A1 Bulgaria SIM Card Credit Validity
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While A1 does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Bulgaria, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from A1.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Bultel (Bulgaria only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Bulgaria, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Bulgaria Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bultel, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with A1.

Note that A1 offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

A1 top-up vouchers are sold in A1 stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Bulgaria.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-Up Validity
8 BGN 90 days
10 BGN 90 days
15 BGN 90 days
30 BGN 90 days
60 BGN 90 days

To top up your A1 SIM card, dial *100*VoucherCode# or call *88 and follow the instructions.

Note that every call to *88 will cost 0.18 BGN/call.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *100*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Dial *123# to check your A1 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My A1 (Bulgaria) app (Android/iOS).

A1 Bulgaria My A1 App
© A1 Bulgaria

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

A1 has five data-featured prepaid plans:

All A1 plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 789 or by dialing *123#.

I will list all the prices in BGN (Bulgarian Lev).

To convert BGN to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Additional Packages for A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet Cards – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

The Additional Packages for A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet Cards are data plans (without 5G NR access) for the data-only SIM cards.

Dial *123# to activate Additional Packages for A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet Cards:

PricePlanValidityValidity
5.99 BGNPrepaid Mobile Internet 1000 MB1000 MB10 days
9.99 BGNPrepaid Mobile Internet 2500 MB2500 MB20 days
29.99 BGNPrepaid Mobile Internet 9000 MB9000 MB30 days
A1 Bulgaria Additional Packages for A1 Prepaid Mobile Internet Cards
Top-Ups for Mobile Internet Cards – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

The Top-Ups for Mobile Internet Cards are data top-ups/plans (without 5G NR access).

Depending on how much you top-up, a fee will be charged (6 BGN, 10 BGN, or 30 BGN) for data allowances.

If there is still credit left, it can be used for other purposes.

The following Top-Ups for Mobile Internet Cards are available:

Top-UpPriceDataValidity
6 BGN – 9 BGN6 BGN2000 MB30 days
10 BGN – 29 BGN10 BGN5000 MB30 days
30 BGN =>30 BGN20 000 MB30 days
A1 Bulgaria Top Ups for Mobile Internet Data Only SIM Cards
Combo Add-Ons for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

The Combo Add-Ons for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan are, as the name implies, combo add-ons (read: plan) with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for the Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan(s).

You have to send a text message to 789 to switch to this tariff plan to use these combo plans.

Text the Activation Code to 789 to activate Combo Add-Ons for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
0.99 BGN N/A 30 minutes N/A N/A 15 days M5 
1.99 BGN N/A 60 minutes N/A N/A 7 days M17 
1.99 BGN N/A 5000 minutes N/A N/A 30 days V1 
2.99 BGN N/A N/A 20 minutes N/A 30 days N2 
3.99 BGN N/A 200 minutes N/A N/A 30 days M3 
5.49 BGN N/A 150 minutes 50 minutes N/A 30 days C5 
5.99 BGN N/A N/A 50 minutes N/A 30 days N1 
5.99 BGN 200 MB 200 minutes N/A 200 SMS 30 days C1 
5.99 BGN 200 MB 5000 minutes N/A 200 SMS 30 days F1 
5.99 BGN 1000 MB 100 minutes 100 minutes N/A 15 days C3 
6.99 BGN N/A 500 minutes N/A N/A 30 days M4 
14.99 BGN 3000 MB 300 minutes 150 minutes N/A 30 days C4 
A1 Bulgaria Combo Add-Ons
MB Mobile Internet for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

The MB Mobile Internet for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan are data add-ons (without 5G NR access) for the Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan(s).

You have to send a text message to 789 to switch to this tariff plan to use these combo plans.

Text the Activation Code to 789 to activate Combo Add-Ons for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2.99 BGN300 MB30 daysD2
9.99 BGN1500 MB30 daysD3
A1 Bulgaria MB Mobile Internet Add-Ons
Add-Ons for Prepaid Pack A1 Holiday Plus – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

The Add-ons for Prepaid Pack A1 Holiday Plus are combo add-ons with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes exclusively for the A1 Holiday SIM card.

Text the Activation Code to 1730 to activate Combo Add-Ons for Universal (Plus) Tariff Plan:

PriceDataLocal/International MinutesValidityActivation Code
9.99 BGN2000 MBN/A10 daysDS1
9.99 BGNN/A50 minutes10 daysVS1
24.99 BGN2000 MB50 minutes30 daysCS1
29.99 BGN5000 MBN/A30 daysDS2
29.99 BGNN/A150 minutes30 daysVS2
A1 Bulgaria Add-Ons foPrepaid Pack A1 Holiday Plus
EU Roaming – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – A1 Bulgaria (formerly Mtel)

  • Name: A1
  • APN: internet.a1.bg

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

Yettel Logo
© Yettel

Yettel Bulgaria, just Yettel and formerly Telenor, is the second-largest mobile operator in Bulgaria.

While Yettel is from Norway, it is not run by the Telenor Group.

Instead, it is owned by the PPF Group – a Czech-based investment firm – that also runs Telenor in Hungary, Montenegro & Serbia.

For a while, Yettel Bulgaria was known as Telenor.

Yettel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2600 MHz (n38) & 3600 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Yettel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Telenor SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

Yettel has extensive coverage throughout Bulgaria.

It has the best 4G/LTE coverage experience together with Vivacom Bulgaria.

Below is Yettel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

You can buy a Yettel SIM card for 8 BGN or 10 BGN (regular SIM cards), or 15 BGN, 25 BGN or 40 BGN (data-only SIM cards) in Telenor stores. Yettel SIM cards may be available at Sofia Airport (SOF).

The following five Yettel starter packs are available:

Price SIM Card Credit Data EU/EEA Data Local/EU Minutes 1 Validity
8 BGN Prepaid Starter Pack Telenor 8 BGN 3 BGN (60 days) 6000 MB 2800 MB 300 minutes 14 days
10 BGN Prepaid Starter Pack Telenor 10 BGN 3 BGN (60 days) 8000 MB 3500 MB 400 minutes 30 days
15 BGN Prepaid Starter Pack Mobile Internet 15 GB N/A 15 GB N/A N/A 30 days
25 BGN Prepaid Starter Pack Mobile Internet 30 GB N/A 30 GB N/A N/A 30 days
40 BGN Prepaid Starter Pack Mobile Internet 50 GB N/A 50 GB N/A N/A 30 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Bulgaria (NOT from Bulgaria to other EU/EEA member states)

Yettel used to have Yettel Tourist SIM card with some data and attractive international call rates.

This offer has been discontinued, or it is only available during summer.

I guess I have to visit Bulgaria once when it is summer instead of winter or spring 🥴.

Dial *123# to access the Yettel menu.

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While Yettel does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Bulgaria, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Yettel.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Bultel (Bulgaria only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Bulgaria, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Bulgaria Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bultel, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Yettel.

Note that Yettel offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

Yettel top-up vouchers are sold in Yettel stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Bulgaria.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
6 BGN60 days
10 BGN90 days
20 BGN90 days
40 BGN90 days

To top up your YettelSIM card, dial *115*VoucherCode# or dial *123# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *115*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *123# to check your Yettel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyYettel Bulgaria app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

Yettel has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Yettel plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

I will list all the prices in BGN (Bulgarian Lev).

To convert BGN to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

From-To Combo Add-Ons – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

The From-To Combo Add-Ons are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Dial the Activation Code to activate From-To Combo Add-Ons:

PriceLocal/EU DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/EU Minutes 1ValidityActivation Code
5.99 BGN500 MB250 minutes25 minutes7 days*123*2*2#
9.99 BGN1000 MB500 minutes50 minutes30 days*123*2*4#
14.99 BGN2000 MB1000 minutes100 minutes30 days*123*2*5#

1 for calls within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Bulgaria (NOT from Bulgaria to other EU/EEA member states).

Yettel Bulgaria From-To Plans
Top-Up Add-Ons – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly GloBul)

The Top-Ups Add-Ons are combo top-ups/plans with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Depending on how much you top-up, a fee will be charged (5 BGN or 7 BGN) for data and call allowances.

If there is still credit left, it can be used for other purposes.

The following Top-Ups Add-Ons are available:

Top-UpPriceDataEU/EEA DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/EU Minutes 1Validity
6 BGN – 7.99 BGN5 BGN750 MB750 MB100 minutes50 minutes14 days
8 BGN – 9.99 BGN7 BGN1000 MB2400 MB100 minutes50 minutes14 days
10 BGN – 14.99 BGN7 BGN3500 MB2400 MB150 minutes50 minutes14 days
15 BGN =>7 BGN6000 MB2400 MB200 minutes100 minutes20 days

1 for calls within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Bulgaria (NOT from Bulgaria to other EU/EEA member states).

Yettel BulgariaTop-Ups Add-Ons Plans
Mobile Internet Add-Ons – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

The Mobile Internet Add-Ons are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial the Activation Code to activate Mobile Internet Add-Ons:

PriceDataEU/EEA DataValidityActivation Code
2.99 BGN300 MBShared with local data allowance1 day*123*3*1#
4.99 BGN1500 MBShared with local data allowance7 days*123*3*8#
9.99 BGN3500 MBShared with local data allowance30 days*123*3*3#
14.99 BGN10 000 MB5200 MB30 days*123*3*4#
19.99 BGN20 000 MB6900 MB30 days*123*3*7#
Yettel Bulgaria Mobile Internet Add-Ons Plans
Mobile Internet Add-On for Mobile Internet SIM Cards – Yettel Bulgaria (formerly Telenor)

The Mobile Internet Add-On for Mobile Internet SIM Cards is, as the name implies, a data add-on (without 5G NR access) for the data-only SIM cards.

For 5 BGN, you get 1000 MB for 14 days. Text LS1 to 123 to activate it.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 BGN1000 MB14 daysText LS1 to 123
Telenor Bulgaria Mobile Internet Add-On for Data-Only SIM Cards

APN/Internet Settings – Telenor Bulgaria (formerly GloBul)

  • Name: Telenor Internet
  • APN: telenorbg

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vivacom Bulgaria (Виваком България)

Vivacom Bulgaria Logo
© Vivacom Bulgaria

Vivacom Bulgaria, just Vivacom and officially Виваком България, is the third-largest mobile operator in Bulgaria.

It was the first mobile operator to offer 5G NR in all 27 district centers of Bulgaria.

It also won the Speedtest Europe's Fastest Mobile Network of 2020 award twice (Q1 – Q2 (83.64 Speed Score) and Q3 – Q4 (92.55 Speed Score)).

Speedtest Awards Fastest Mobile Network 2020
Source 1 & 2

Vivacom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3), 2100 MHz (n1) & 3600 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid (yet)

This is what you will learn about Vivacom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vivacom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vivacom Bulgaria

Vivacom has extensive coverage throughout Bulgaria.

It has the best 4G/LTE availability.

It has the best 4G/LTE coverage experience together with Telenor Bulgaria.

Below is Vivacom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vivacom Bulgaria

You can buy a Vivacom SIM card for 12 BGN (FREE2GO), or 20 BGN (DATA2GO) in Vivacom stores. Vivacom SIM cards may be available at Sofia Airport (SOF).

The following two Vivacom starter packs are available:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataEU/EEA DataLocal MinutesValidity
12 BGNFREE2GO2 BGN12 000 MB5800 MB800 minutes60 days
20 BGNDATA2GO 1N/A25 000 MB9600 MBN/A60 days

1 this is a data-only SIM card

Dial *123# to access the Vivacom menu.

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While Vivacom does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Bulgaria because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vivacom.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Bulgaria in my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Bultel (Bulgaria only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Bulgaria & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Bulgaria, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Bulgaria eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Vivacom for now.

Buying an eSIM for Bulgaria Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bultel, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Vivacom offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vivacom Bulgaria

Vivacom top-up vouchers are sold in Vivacom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Bulgaria.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
<= 19.99 BGN60 days
20 BGN => 120 days

To top up your Vivacom SIM card, dial *101*VoucherCode# or call 123, select option 1, and enter the VoucherCode.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *101*123456# or call 123, select option 1, and enter 123456.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Dial *102# or call 123 and select option 2 to check your Vivacom balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MY VIVACOM app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Vivacom Bulgaria MY VIVACOM App
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Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vivacom Bulgaria

Vivacom has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Vivacom plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1236 or by dialing *123#.

I will list all the prices in BGN (Bulgarian Lev).

To convert BGN to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Additional Packages – Vivacom Bulgaria

The Additional Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS. Unlike the name suggests, they can be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Additional Packages are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1236:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
3.99 BGN+ Talk200 MB900 minutes20 minutesN/A7 daysM2
3.99 BGN+ Net400 MB450 minutes10 minutesN/A7 daysD1
6.99 BGN 2+ Talk Super1000 MB1500 minutes50 minutes25 SMS25 daysM3
6.99 BGN+ Net Super 1500 MB900 minutes20 minutes25 SMS25 daysD2
Vivacom Bulgaria Additional Package
Combo/Mix Add-Ons – Vivacom Bulgaria

The Combo/Mix Add-Ons are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS. Unlike the name suggests, they can be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Combo/Mix Add-Ons are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1236:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidityActivation Code
7.99 BGN Mix M800 MB800 MB300 minutes25 SMS14 daysX1
8.99 BGN 1Mix M+1000 MB4300 MB600 minutes50 SMS21 daysX2
10.99 BGNMix L3000 MB3000 MB600 minutes25 SMS14 daysX3
11.99 BGN 1Mix L+15 000 MB5800 MB800 minutes50 SMS21 daysX4

1 auto-renews

Some Combo/Mix Add-Ons auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP_X2 (Mix M+) or STOP_X4 (Mix L+) to 1236.

Vivacom Bulgaria Combo Mix Add-Ons
Internet/Data Add-Ons – Vivacom Bulgaria

The Internet/Data Add-Ons are data plans (without 5G NR access). Unlike the name suggests, they can be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Internet/Data Add-Ons are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1236:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataValidityActivation Code
4.99 BGNData XS1500 MB1500 MB1 dayT1
6.99 BGNData S1500 MB1500 MB7 daysT2
7.99 BGNData M1500 MB1500 MB14 daysT3
8.99 BGN 1Data M+3000 MB4300 MB21 daysP1
10.99 BGNData L4000 MB4000 MB14 daysT4
11.99 BGN 1Data L+20 000 MB5800 MB21 daysP2

1 auto-renews

Some Internet/Data Add-Ons auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP_P1 (Data M+) or STOP_P2 (Data L+) to 1236.

Vivacom Bulgaria Internet Add-Ons (Data Plans)
EU Roaming – Vivacom Bulgaria

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Vivacom Bulgaria

  • Name: VIVACOM INTERNET GPRS
  • APN: internet.vivacom.bg

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Getting a SIM card from A1 or Vivacom would do you well when considering a Bulgarian SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.