Here at Compare My Move, we can help you save up to 70% on your European removals to Bulgaria. There are currently 6.7 million people living in Bulgaria. Out of this population, 9,992 are British expats.
The main cities in Bulgaria include Sofia, Plovdiv, and Varna. Other popular areas in the country include Popovo, Veliko Tarnovo and Burgas. Bulgaria is well-known for its lower cost of living, its fantastic education system, and its pleasant climate. These factors are often a driving force for UK citizens looking to move internationally.
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It’s important to hire your international removals service well in advance of your move to Bulgaria. This is to ensure your personal effects arrive on time and aren’t as affected by potential delays.
Shipping furniture overseas is quite costly. This is why it’s important to choose the best shipping option for your budget, and also your moving schedule.
Due to Brexit, the cost of moving belongings to Bulgaria, and the processes involved have changed slightly. There are extra steps involved to consider, such as additional documentation and charges.
The main shipping options from the United Kingdom are:
One or more of these services can be used depending on your preferences and budget.
Shipping freight is a great, cost-effective shipping option to choose from. While Bulgaria is located in the Black Sea which is almost landlocked, cargo ships can still pass through to deliver goods.
Due to the location of Bulgaria and the current Russian war with Ukraine, shipping freights have been delayed. This is important to keep in mind if you need to receive your goods by a specific date. On average, shipping times will take between 2-4 weeks to arrive, with some services taking up to 6 weeks.
There are 7 major ports in Bulgaria, with the Port of Varna being the largest option. Other ports Include:
If you need to ship the contents of your entire home, shipping freight is the best option. This is because the costs are based on the size of the container you choose, rather than the weight of the items. You have the option of selecting a 20ft or a 40ft container. Shipping freight allows you to ship vehicles overseas.
Road freight is a useful option for shipping from the UK to Bulgaria. International movers need to have Goods in Transit insurance, along with Public Liability. While they are careful when transporting goods, this adds an extra layer of security.
It will take between 3-7 days on average for road freight to arrive, depending on whether you have chosen express delivery. This will typically be a door-to-door service. Given the distance of Bulgaria from the UK, sometimes other shipping is used alongside a removals van, such as the Eurotunnel and ferries.
Road freight is quick and cost-effective, making it a great option for those looking to move internationally on a budget. The removals team will help determine what size van you’ll need for your goods.
Part-load services are useful for those looking to ship a small number of goods. You will share a shipping container with other people. This allows you to only pay for the amount of space you need, helping to lower final shipping costs.
As goods will need to be delivered to different locations, and transit times are longer, you will need to factor this into your shipping plans. Part-load shipping tends to be less frequent compared to full-container shipping.
Between 7-10 days is the average time it will take for part-load shipped goods to arrive. This is by road freight. Other method times will vary.
Air freight is the quickest way you can receive your household goods. On average, this option takes around 2-3 days. There are 5 international airports in Bulgaria to choose from, with Sofia Airport being the main option. Other airports include:
If you need your belongings to arrive quickly, air freight is the best shipping option to consider. However, if you need to transport a lot of items, it can cause limitations. Air freight costs are measured by weight, and heavier items cannot be transported this way.
It will cost between £2,812.78 - £4,821.31 on average to ship furniture to Bulgaria. The removal company costs will vary depending on the number of goods being shipped, the weight of the goods and the shipping option chosen.
If you require assistance with packing, moving companies charge around £250 on average for this additional service. You should also take into consideration the added costs of customs, duties and charges too.
Here are the average shipping costs:
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*Data taken from MoveHub and BRLogistics
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As the UK has now left the EU, to move to Bulgaria permanently you will need to apply for the relevant visas and permits. Some of the documentation you need include:
If you’re planning to stay in Bulgaria for less than 90 days in any 180-day period, you won’t need to apply for a visa or a permit. Bulgaria is part of the Schengen Area which doesn’t require a visa for this time period. However, after this time you will need to apply for the most appropriate visa or permit for your stay.
To apply for a Bulgarian Visa in the UK, you will need to visit your local VFS Global Centre and send off your visa application form through them. The process will take around 15 working days to be processed. Each application needs approval from the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.
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