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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.76 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Ceed or similar
Kia Ceed
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.76 / per day
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Varna Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.76 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.77 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.77 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.78 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Auris or similar
Toyota Auris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.79 / per day
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Varna Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
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$0.89 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:50 on 2020-03-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    Bulgarian,
    Turkish
    Currency
    BGN
    Country code
    359
    Average car rental length
    5 days
    Economy car rental price
    $11.12 / per day
    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
    9.8

    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 58.43 USD per day
    • From Bulgaria to Romania - 15 offers from 37.23 USD per day
    • From Bulgaria to Serbia - 70 offers from 40.92 USD per day
    • From Bulgaria to North Macedonia - 15 offers from 37.23 USD per day
    • From Bulgaria to Bosnia and Herzegovina - 21 offers from 54.16 USD 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 $16 per day
    • Large cars - from $18 per day
    • Medium cars - from $16 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $34 per day
    • Premium cars - from $77 per day
    • Small cars - from $12 per day
    • SUVs - from $38 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 6 Most Popular Cities in Bulgaria

    1. Car Rental in Sofia from $4.23 per day
    2. Car Rental in Varna from $0.76 per day
    3. Car Rental in Burgas from $4.23 per day
    4. Car Rental in Plovdiv from $4.23 per day
    5. Car Rental in Balchik from $10.12 per day
    6. Car Rental in Ravda from $8.40 per day

    Top 11 Most Popular Locations in Bulgaria

    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
    $20.80
    January
    $19.05
    February
    $16.94
    March
    $38.78
    April
    $24.18
    May
    $30.28
    June
    $57.62
    July
    $46.26
    August
    $41.85
    September
    $32.02
    October
    $38.73
    November
    $33.38
    December
    The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Bulgaria is March — prices start from $16.94 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 $57.62 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 July, while the least popular is December.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Bulgaria by Monthly Searches
    93%
    January
    88%
    February
    89%
    March
    107%
    April
    161%
    May
    148%
    June
    215%
    July
    193%
    August
    September
    106%
    October
    November
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
    AddCar Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
    AddCar Toyota Yaris 5 3 Medium cars
    AddCar Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
    Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
    Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
    NuCarrentals Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
    Surprice Renault Fluence 5 2 Medium cars
    AddCar Renault Captur 5 3 SUVs
    GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    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
    Renault Clio
    September 29, 2019
    Bulgaria is very beautiful and easy to drive. Just be mindful of road conditions.
    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
    Czech Republic
    Ford Fiesta
    August 28, 2019
    Sozopol is just great :-)
    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

    Top 12 Suppliers in Bulgaria in 2020

    Prestige Rent A Car
    Prestige Rent A Car
    Exceptional 9.7
    Smart Rent A Car
    Smart Rent A Car
    Exceptional 9.7
    Top Rent a Car
    Top Rent a Car
    Exceptional 9.4
    Lion Rent A Car
    Lion Rent A Car
    Exceptional 9.4
    M Rent
    M Rent
    Exceptional 9.4
    Budget
    Budget
    Exceptional 9.3
    BOJONE
    BOJONE
    Exceptional 9.2
    SIXT
    SIXT
    Exceptional 9.2
    +35929459276
    T1 - Sofia Airport
    CarRent
    CarRent
    Exceptional 9.1
    Easy Rent
    Easy Rent
    Excellent 8.9
    Dives Rent a car
    Dives Rent a car
    Excellent 8.8
    Car 1
    Car 1
    Excellent 8.7

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