2nd International Conference on
Natural Products Utilization

From Plants to Pharmacy Shelf

14-17 October 2015
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.

Transfers from Sofia International Airport (T2) to conference venue (Novotel Plovdiv) and back are arranged for the participants of ICNPU-2015. 
Schedule of transfers:
Sofia Airport – Novotel Plovdiv Hotel
Tuesday, 13 October at 15:30, 18:30 and 23:30
Wednesday, 14 October at 15:30
Novotel Plovdiv Hotel - Sofia Airport 
Saturday, 17 October at 08:00 and 15:00
Sunday, 18 October at 08:00
Cost per person in one direction is 20 EUR.
Please address your requests to Mrs. Mira Bonova @ mira@cim.bg

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 in the middle of October is warm and often sunny but you may expect some rain and chilly days. Daily temperatures usually range from 12 to 20 oC.

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

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