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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
$3.59 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.59 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.84 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.87 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.35 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.59 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.96 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
CarRent
$6.85 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:49 on 2021-10-17. 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 € 52.47 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Romania - 15 offers from € 33.43 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Serbia - 70 offers from € 36.74 per day
  • From Bulgaria to North Macedonia - 15 offers from € 33.43 per day
  • From Bulgaria to Bosnia and Herzegovina - 21 offers from € 48.63 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. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe, Plovdiv is a historic gem of a city. Attractions include the Ancient Roman stadium that was only uncovered in the 1970s, the Archaeological Museum with its famous Thracian gold, and a number of old churches, mosques, and synagogues. 
  • Sofia. Rougher around the edges than many other European capitals, Sofia can nonetheless be a fascinating destination. A hub of culture and commerce, it is notable for its many museums, the impressive St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, and the nearby Vitosha Mountain that’s just south of the capital.
  • Varna. The golden Black Sea beaches of Bulgaria are one of the country’s main attractions, making the city of Varna a real tourism hotspot. Varna’s coastline is undoubtedly impressive, but so are its landmarks like the Naval Museum, Varna Aquarium, and Nicolaus Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium.

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

  • Strandzha Nature Park. A large nature area near the Black Sea and the border with Turkey, Strandzha is one of the nicest protected areas in the country. Made up of five smaller, distinct reserves, it is characterized by wetlands, primeval forests, and traditional wooden architecture. Inhabitants of the park include golden jackals, red deer, and Egyptian vultures.
  • The Rhodopes. A mountain range in the south-central part of the country, the Rhodopes is one of the most interesting regions in Bulgaria. The area is known for its protected nature areas, spas, ancient sites, and unique traditions that include the famous Rhodope music.
  • Bansko. A historically and culturally significant town for Bulgarians, nowadays Bansko is best known as a large winter sports base that attracts thousands of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts every winter. The town can be just as lovely to visit during the warmer months, too, not least for its well-preserved old town, hiking trails, and the nearby brown bear sanctuary.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $24 per day
  • Large cars - from $36 per day
  • Medium cars - from $27 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $52 per day
  • Premium cars - from $70 per day
  • Small cars - from $22 per day
  • SUVs - from $69 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 15 Most Popular Cities in Bulgaria

  1. Car Rental in Sofia from $17.81 per day
  2. Car Rental in Varna from $10.59 per day
  3. Car Rental in Burgas from $8.92 per day
  4. Car Rental in Plovdiv from $9.35 per day
  5. Car Rental in Sliven from $21.93 per day
  6. Car Rental in Nessebar from $11.58 per day
  7. Car Rental in Ruse from $28.42 per day
  8. Car Rental in Bansko from $25.49 per day
  9. Car Rental in Golden Sands from $13.25 per day
  10. Car Rental in Shumen from $20.41 per day
  11. Car Rental in Turgovishte from $23.97 per day
  12. Car Rental in Malko Turnovo from $18.37 per day
  13. Car Rental in Razgrad from $24.86 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
$21.66
January
$19.84
February
$17.64
March
$40.38
April
$25.18
May
$31.53
June
$60.00
July
$48.17
August
$43.58
September
$33.34
October
$40.33
November
$34.75
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Bulgaria is March — prices start from $17.64 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 $60.00 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
82%
January
78%
February
78%
March
95%
April
142%
May
130%
June
190%
July
171%
August
September
233%
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 Renault Clio V 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Opel Zafira 2011
August 7, 2021
I would definitely rent from this company again.
United Arab Emirates
Peugeot Partner
August 5, 2021
Estonia
Renault Clio
July 31, 2021
Travelled from Sofia to Plovdiv, to Vidin and to some other small places around. Awesome road trip, liked it a lot.
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 17 Suppliers in Bulgaria in 2021

Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.2
+359887205813
Varna Airport, Terminal 2
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
+35956870366
Burgas Airport
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+359886383839
Arrivals Hall Bourgas Airport, 8016 Burgas Airport, Burgas
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+359886383839
Bourgas International Airport, 8016 Burgas
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+359886383839
Arrivals Hall Bourgas Airport, 8016 Burgas Airport, Burgas
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+359884111143
BOURGAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:59
Tue:09:00-20:59
Wed:09:00-20:59
Thu:09:00-20:59
Fri:09:00-20:59
Sat:09:00-20:59
Sun:09:00-20:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+359889566533
8016 Airport, Burgas, Bulgaria
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
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Excellent 8.5
+359889937777 / +35970020225
Bourgas Airport, 8000 Burgas
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
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+359887818010
8016 Burgas Airport, Burgas
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:08:30-21:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+359886383839
Bourgas Airport Arrivals Hall
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+359899700006
International Arrivals Hall Burgas Airport
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
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
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8
+359893444343
8016 Burgas Airport, Burgas, Bulgaria
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+359876717717
Burgas Airport, 8000 Burgas Airport, Burgas
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
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+359884111143
Bourgas Airport, 8016, Burgas
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+35970020225
Burgas Airport, 8000 Burgas
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
359884048662 / 3172487251
28th Anton Ivanov Str
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