Many traveller's companions assure tourists that the most interesting sights are located in the old centre of Sofi, within walking distance, so there's no need to rent a car. Of course, if you decided to run around Sofia just for the record, that might be true. Car rental is not entirely necessary in the city. However, if you'd like to enjoy the picturesque scenery of Bulgaria, you'll need a vehicle.
You can drive your hire car to the Boyana Waterfall (25km from the capital). You'll enjoy grand views there. Just choose a longer walking trail — it will be a bit harder but much more fun.
You should visit the Vitosha Mountain (55km from the capital), especially if you rent a car. There are parking lots at the foot of the mountain. You can organise your trip yourself: go the mountaintop by cable car, walk along mountain trails, and have a picnic with a view to Sofia.
A hire car can be pre-booked online on our website. It will be delivered to the place you specified or directly to the airport.
Rental terms & conditions and car insurance
To rent a vehicle in Bulgaria, the driver must be over 22 years old. The minimum driving experience is 2 years.
You’ll need only three documents:
- ID or passport
- Category “B” driving license
- Bank card
All hire cars are insured. As a rule, it’s either Third-Party Liability Insurance (TPL) or Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). You can also buy Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW).
All insurance types require a deposit when you pick up your hire car. If you drop off your rental vehicle in good order, the deposit is returned to you in full.
Car rental at Sofia Airport
On our website, you can rent a car with delivery to the airport. This will be significantly cheaper than hiring a car at one of the rental counters located at Sofia Airport.
The rental agent will meet you at the airport and show the way to your rental car. All you need to do is to inspect the vehicle, sign the rental agreement, and pay the rental cost and deposit.
When inspecting your hire car, you should record all damages in vehicle inspection card. And take photos of the car from all angles, just to be on the safe side.
The pick-up process will take less than a half-hour. You'll save on taxi fare and start your journey in Bulgaria with a pleasant feeling of absolute freedom.
Likewise, you can drop off your hire car in the city or at Sofia Airport.
Traffic rules in Bulgaria
It’s rather easy to drive in this country because it uses standard traffic regulations:
- The speed limit is 50km/h in urban areas, 90km/h outside of the city, and 140km/h on a highway
- Blood alcohol concentration limit is 0,49 per mille.
Most fines are issued for driving without the low beam on, exceeding speed limits, and illegal parking.
Car rental is a convenient service in the city of Sofia because there are no problems with parking your hire car: if you see parked vehicles and no “P” sign, you can park your hire car free of charge.
In the downtown, parking lots are usually paid. Parking cost is about €0.5 per hour. You can pay either in cash or via SMS. Paid parking zones are designated with a “P” sign and blue or green marking on the road.
Parking offenders risk getting their vehicles wheel-clamped or finding a parking ticket tucked under the wiper.
Petrol is one of the cheapest in the EU and costs around €1.2 per litre. Fuel stations offer unleaded petrol 98 and 95, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). There are plenty of filling station both in Sofia and on the highway. The maximum distance between stations is 198km, on Sofia to Burgas highway, and it is allowed to transport 10 litres of petrol in the trunk.
There are three mobile service carriers: M-Tel, Vivacom, Telenor (Globul). You can buy SIM cards at any of their offices, and the best option for a foreign tourist would be to purchase a prepaid plan. You’ll need your ID or passport to buy a card.