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Car Rental in Bulgaria

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.68 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.68 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.93 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.97 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.23 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.56 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.72 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$6.20 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:58 on 2021-08-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Country code
359
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.2

Why rent a car in Bulgaria?

Although not as well known as some other European countries, Bulgaria is a great place to explore by car. From ancient cities to stunning mountains, sunny beaches on the Black Sea coast and easy access to other interesting destinations in Europe, it is a place to miss at your own peril.

Bulgaria Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in Bulgaria

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Bulgaria and drop off in another country:

  • From Bulgaria to Croatia - 143 offers from US$ 62.30 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Romania - 15 offers from US$ 39.70 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Serbia - 70 offers from US$ 43.63 per day
  • From Bulgaria to North Macedonia - 15 offers from US$ 39.70 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Bosnia and Herzegovina - 21 offers from US$ 57.74 per day

Top ways to enter Bulgaria

  • Sofia Airport: Bulgaria’s largest international airport that serves flights to and from most European countries as well as other continents.
  • Burgas Airport: A small and cozy international airport located on the Black Sea.
  • Varna Airport: Another international airport on the Black Sea Coast.
  • By land: It’s possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Bulgaria. It should be noted, however, that different visa requirements may be in place for citizens of different countries, so contact your embassy in advance to find out about any international borders you would like to cross. Some large cities with international airports near Bulgaria include Istanbul in Turkey, Thessaloniki in Greece, and Bucharest in Romania.

Top cities and places to visit

Plovdiv: Considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world, Plovdiv is full of ancient sites and has an authentically Bulgarian atmosphere.

Sofia: A mixture of historic and modern, Bulgaria’s capital city is a unique destination that is developing at a rapid pace.

Black Sea Coast: Long summer months, sandy shores, and charming little villages on the sea is what makes Bulgaria arguably the most popular beach destination in Eastern Europe.

Varna: Although Varna is also on the Black Sea, its unique architecture, relaxed atmosphere and delicious seafood warrants a special mention.

Southwest Bulgaria: A place of steep mountains, abundance of fauna, and great opportunities for winter sports, this is Bulgaria at its wildest.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Bulgaria is the VW Polo, but the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta are also often picked by travelers.

Driver license requirements

Bulgaria accepts all driver licenses issued in the European Union (EU).

If your driver license is issued by a non-EU country, for it to be considered valid you’ll need a Bulgarian visa. Another requirement is to have been in the EU for no more than six months at the time of the rental. If you’ve been in the EU longer, you’ll need a driver license issued by an EU country.

Bulgaria uses the Cyrillic alphabet and also accepts driver licenses written in the Latin alphabet. However, if your driver license is printed in neither Cyrillic nor Latin, but in some other alphabet (e.g., Japanese, Arabic, Devanagari, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official translation of your license into Bulgarian.

You must carry your driver license, not its copy, with you at all times.

You need to have had your driver license for at least one or two years, depending on the car provider’s requirements.

There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Bulgaria is bordered by Romania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia. Each of these countries has its own visa policy, so you may or may not need a visa to enter them, depending on your citizenship. If you plan to visit Bulgaria’s neighbor during your rental period, we strongly advise you to get in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance to find out about the visa requirements.

Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Most popular types of rental car

The type of car rented most often in Bulgaria is an economy, but standard and compact are also quite popular.

Top driving routes

Sofia–Varna (443 km / 275 mi) The road between the capital city in the west and the Black Sea in the east will lead you through the beautiful Central Balkan National Park.

Plovdiv–Burgas (266 km / 165 mi) This route can be done in under three hours, but if you’re not in great rush, you might want to make a detour to visit the city of Stara Zagora that boasts many well-preserved Roman buildings and artefacts.

Sofia–Ruse (309 km / 192 mi) Travel north of Sofia, and in just three hours you will reach Ruse, a unique city on Danube that is also an entry point for Bulgaria’s equally charming neighbor, Romania.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $25 per day
  • Large cars - from $37 per day
  • Medium cars - from $28 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $53 per day
  • Premium cars - from $72 per day
  • Small cars - from $23 per day
  • SUVs - from $70 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Bulgaria:

  • Compare rates
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements

Top 13 Most Popular Cities in Bulgaria

  1. Car Rental in Sofia from $18.24 per day
  2. Car Rental in Burgas from $9.13 per day
  3. Car Rental in Varna from $10.84 per day
  4. Car Rental in Plovdiv from $12.48 per day
  5. Car Rental in Obzor from $16.30 per day
  6. Car Rental in Golden Sands from $13.57 per day
  7. Car Rental in Nessebar from $11.86 per day
  8. Car Rental in Balchik from $15.40 per day
  9. Car Rental in Veliko Turnovo from $29.10 per day
  10. Car Rental in Razgrad from $25.46 per day
  11. Car Rental in Topola from $16.30 per day
  12. Car Rental in Aheloy from $11.86 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Bulgaria?

The cost of renting a car in Bulgaria depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Bulgaria
$22.18
January
$20.32
February
$18.06
March
$41.35
April
$25.78
May
$32.29
June
$61.44
July
$49.33
August
$44.62
September
$34.14
October
$41.30
November
$35.59
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Bulgaria is March — prices start from $18.06 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 49% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $61.44 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Bulgaria?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 43 days. The shortest are in August — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Bulgaria
43
January
7
February
11
March
8
April
8
May
6
June
5
July
4
August
6
September
5
October
10
November
8
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Bulgaria?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Bulgaria. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is December.
Popularity of Car Rental in Bulgaria by Monthly Searches
37%
January
35%
February
35%
March
42%
April
63%
May
58%
June
85%
July
76%
August
September
769%
October
November
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Autounion Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Renault Megane
May 24, 2021
everything was just fine Thanks
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
September 10, 2020
beatiful nature and mountains
United Kingdom
Fiat Tipo STW
March 5, 2020
Sophia itself has only a few attractions to see. Would highly recommend leaving the city and visiting other destinations in the country like Bansko. Great country to visit it you are a group of friends looking for a fun long weekend away
Bulgaria
Hyundai i30
February 17, 2020
Sofia is a v interesting city with a long history ..for eg one of the first church councils was held at Serdika 334 AD prompting a split within THE church which led to a walkout by many bishops in order to have their own council meeting at Plovdiv. Goodbye
United Kingdom
Seat Ibiza 5d
January 11, 2020
Driving in Sofia is experience, you need to be mindful that road traffic laws not followed by most drivers. Parking on street mostly needs scratch cards . Theses need to be bought from a parking attendant or some cigarette or mini market sells them.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
September 29, 2019
Bulgaria is very beautiful and easy to drive. Just be mindful of road conditions.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
September 25, 2019
Other drivers way to aggressive. Roads not great.
United Kingdom
Skoda Citigo
September 13, 2019
Varna is a lovely place to visit, so much to see, and a lot of culture.
Hungary
VW Polo
September 11, 2019
Good quality car at an affordable price. Staff was very helpful and kind.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio Grandtour
September 2, 2019
Lovely friendly place
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
August 29, 2019
I always do airport to airport as it saves any hassle getting to your destination. We have an apartment in St Vlas but I like to try other places. In June we visited Sozopol and discovered a far better exchange rate in the banks and so returned next day to change up all my money. Shopping in supermarkets in Burgas saved a lot of money too, especially becks beers 1,85 in Mercury and Janets, 1.34 in Burgas, I saved far more than petrol money just in buying the beers, yes being an alcoholic helps. Lovely little village straight across from the airport roundabout and cracking restaurant down on the corner on the left. Turn left at that point and 200 yards along is a little kebab shop that charges less than half the cost of Sunnybeach. Anyway car hire. The staff have always been top notch and go the extra mile to sort any problems. We arrived almost midnight in August and the staff member was still laughing and joking with us. At the car we found a kitten wandering around us and the staff member, like my wife and I, were concerned about its welfare. He took it with him saying he would feed it before letting it go. I have never had a bad experience with this company and simply just reorder and away we go. It makes my holiday when it starts in the right manner and Addcar make my holiday begin in the way I want it to continue. I honestly cannot think of anything I could complain about. I have no hesitation in recommending Addcar to you. Best wishes and hopefully you enjoy Bulgaria as much as we do. John Rush London
Czech Republic
Ford Fiesta
August 28, 2019
Sozopol is just great :-)
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
August 28, 2019
PLEASE CHECK THAT ALL TOLLS AND ROAD TAXES HAVE BEEN PAID BY THE RENTAL COMPANY. AS NOT ALL CAR HIRE COMPANYS PAY THEM AND YOU ARE REPSONSABLE IF NOT. BURGAS AND BULGARIA IN GENERAL, ARE NOT WHAT PEOPLE THINK.THEY ARE MUCH SAFER AND DRIVING I FOUND SAFER THAN AT HOME
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
August 25, 2019
Found Bulgaria easy to drive around. Main roads are generally in good condition. Lots of beautiful places to explore. Will definitely hire a car next time we head out.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
June 21, 2019
Bulgaria is a beautiful country to explore ! The northern coast from Balchik to Shabla is beautiful !
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
March 26, 2019
We went to Sliven Shivachevo Tvarditsa and Nova Zagora all beautiful places to visit i would recommend everybody to visit Bulgaria
South Africa
Renault Twingo
August 29, 2018
Very nice driving habits especially concern for pedestrians in Sofia Some horrific overtaking on white lines by unpatient drivers
Germany
Peugeot 208
August 27, 2018
I learnt that cars can be taken away very fast if parked in forbidden places, the travelers should be warned about it.

Top 18 Suppliers in Bulgaria in 2021

Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.2
+359887205813
8016 Sarafovo, Burgas, Bulgaria
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+359888088829
Arrival Hall
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+359884816666
PLOVDIV AIRPORT
Surprice
Surprice
Excellent 8.5
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1592 Sofia
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:30
Tue:08:30-20:30
Wed:08:30-20:30
Thu:08:30-20:30
Fri:08:30-20:30
Sat:08:30-20:30
Sun:08:30-20:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+359070091150
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Working hours
Mon:09:00-23:00
Tue:09:00-23:00
Wed:09:00-23:00
Thu:09:00-23:00
Fri:09:00-23:00
Sat:09:00-23:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+359887818191
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+35929373594
Terminal 2 - Arrivals Hall
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+359899700001
Arrivals Hall Terminal 1
Working hours
Mon:09:00-23:00
Tue:09:00-23:00
Wed:09:00-23:00
Thu:09:00-23:00
Fri:09:00-23:00
Sat:09:00-23:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8
+359893444343
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+359888330470 / +359884816666
1, Hristofor Kolumb blvd.
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+359876717717
T1 - Sofia Airport, 1000, Sofia
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+35970020225
Sofia International Airport, Terminal 1, 1517 Sofia
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
359884797108 / 3172487251
Sofia Airport Complex
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+359886526666
Plovdiv Airport, 4009 Plovdiv
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
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