Time in Bulgaria

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Time in Europe:
Light Blue Western European Time / Greenwich Mean Time (UTC)
Blue Western European Time / Greenwich Mean Time (UTC)
Western European Summer Time / British Summer Time / Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)
Red Central European Time (UTC+1)
Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)
Yellow Eastern European Time / Kaliningrad Time (UTC+2)
Ochre Eastern European Time (UTC+2)
Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)
Green Moscow Time / Turkey Time (UTC+3)
Turquoise Armenia Time / Azerbaijan Time / Georgia Time / Samara Time (UTC+4)
 Pale colours: Standard time observed all year
 Dark colours: Summer time observed

In Bulgaria, the standard time is Eastern European Time (EET; UTC+02:00).[1] Daylight saving time, which moves one hour ahead to UTC+03:00 is observed from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October,[2] inline with most EU member states.[3]


Bulgaria first observed daylight saying time between 1943 and 1944, and regularly since 1979.[4]

Time notation[edit]

Bulgarians commonly use the 24 hour clock. The clock is used exclusively on bus and train timetables.[5]

IANA time zone database[edit]

In the IANA time zone database, Bulgaria is given the zone Europe/Sofia:[6]

c.c.* coordinates* TZ* Comments UTC offset DST
BG +4241+02319 Europe/Sofia +02:00 +03:00

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Time in Bulgaria. TimeAndDate.com. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  2. ^ Bulgaria at The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ Bulgaria Turns Clocks to Daylight Saving Time March 28. Sofia News Agency – Novinite.com. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  4. ^ Clock Changes in Sofia, Bulgaria. TimeAndDate.com. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  5. ^ Time in Bulgaria. Lonely Planet. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  6. ^ Europe (2020 edition) at the tz database. Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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