If you’re travelling to Bulgaria, you may be wondering what time will it be there? This page is devoted to answering that question in preparation for your visit. Bulgaria operates two time zones throughout the year. These time zones are:

Eastern European Time (EET) in the winter, +2 compared to (UTC) co-ordinated universal time (the same as Greenwich Mean Time)

Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) in the summer, +3 compared to (UTC) co-ordinated universal time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) or Summer Time as it is sometimes known throughout Europe commences on the last Sunday in March at 1:00 am. Summer time then finishes on the last Sunday of October at 1:00 am UTC.

The yellow area in the map above represents EET, of which Bulgaria is a member country.

Bulgaria shares the same time zone all year around with the following countries – Belarus, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia (Kaliningrad), Syria, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Exact time differences can vary according to the time of year as some countries do not operate DST (Daylight Savings Time). Some sample time differences between Bulgaria and the rest of the world are reflected in the following table:

Baghdad, Iraq +1 Guam +8 Seattle, USA – 9
Barcelona, Spain -1 Melbourne, Austalia +9 Seoul, South Korea + 7
Buenos Aires, Argentina – 5 Moscow, Russia +1 Shanghai, China + 6
Delhi, India +3.5 Pretoria, South Africa – Even Wellington, New Zealand + 11