9th Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries

26-29 May 2016
Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Useful Info

The main airport for Plovdiv is Sofia Airport. Plovdiv has an existing air transport infrastructure, however the current traffic at Plovdiv Airport is pretty low and it operates mainly charter and low cost flights.
From/to Sofia there are many daily buses and trains. Buses heading to Plovdiv operate almost every hour of the day and the bus ride takes less than the train one.
If you travel by road,
please visit your favourite route planner for detailed directions from your place of origin.
GPS coordinates of Park Hotel Imperial: N 42° 08.683 E 24° 46.149

Information on the shuttle service from Sofia Airport to the conference venue (ca. 1.5 hrs), its schedule, price and way of booking seats will be additionally provided.

The central area of Plovdiv is not huge and is easily reachable within walking distance. Public buses and yellow cabs are the most prevalent modes of transportation. Public bus tickets cost 1 BGN (single ride), while an average taxi ride within the city is likely to costs ca. 5 BGN.

Bulgaria has the European Union's Common Visa Policy as a member country accepting European citizens freely. All non-EU citizens are required to have a passport to enter the EU with the appropriate visas. You can find out more about visas at http://mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html. If you need an invitation letter, please send a mail to mira@cim.bg.

The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev. Bank notes of the following denominations are in circulation: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Levs. 1 Euro = 1,95583 BGN.
There are numerous foreign exchange offices and ATMs around the city centre. It’s always prudent to carry a little foreign cash, however, in case you can’t find an ATM or bank office nearby. You can always change cash at the hotel, though the commission will be high.
Make sure you have enough of the national currency when you plan to visit local markets and shops.

When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which is usually the case, 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum if you have been happy with the ride or for the sake of convenience.

The climate in Bulgaria is moderate continental with beautiful blooming spring, dry and hot summer, long and pleasant autumn, and mild winter with lots of opportunity for skiing. The weather at the end of May is warm and sunny but you may expect some rain. Daily temperatures usually range from 22 to 27 oC.

Summer time:      GMT + 3 hrs. (April through October)

220 Volts, 50 Hz, 2 pins plug-in system