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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini Elite
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NuCarrentals
$10.44 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$10.75 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$10.86 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.30 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sofia Airport Terminal 2 Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Car 1
$11.41 / per day
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Sofia Airport Terminal 2 Car Rental
Economy
Seat Ibiza 5d or similar
Seat Ibiza 5d
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Car 1
$11.45 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Seat Ibiza or similar
Seat Ibiza
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
NuCarrentals
$11.48 / per day
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Sofia Airport Terminal 2 Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Car 1
$11.49 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:24 on 2020-02-24. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Country code
359
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$17.59 / 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
6.3

Why rent a car in Sofia?

Sofia is a great place for renting a car. Having your own wheels will not only let you to explore this sprawling city, but also to travel to its nearby nature areas, as well as prolong your travels by visiting Bulgaria's beaches and mountains.

Sofia Car Rental

Top ways to enter Sofia

  • Sofia Airport: The busiest in the country, Sofia Airport handled 6.9 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for the national carrier Bulgaria Air and is also popular with low-cost airlines like Ryanair, Wizz Air, and easyJet. Located 13 km (8.1 mi) east of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Plovdiv Airport: A tiny international airport serving Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv-Krumovo offers year-round flights to and from London, as well as seasonal connections with Tel Aviv and Moscow. Located 167 km (104 mi) southeast of the capital, the airport can be reached in about two hours.
  • Burgas Airport: Serving the city of the same name on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Burgas Airport handled 3.2 million travelers in 2018. The airport is especially active during the summer months when it has flights by more than 30 different airlines. Located 390 km (242 mi) from Sofia, Burgas Airport takes about four hours to reach by car.
  • Varna Airport: Also located on the Black Sea coast, Varna Airport has flights by around 20 airlines. In addition to many seasonal flights, there are year-round connections to Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, and many other European countries. Located 430 km (267 mi) east of Sofia, the airport can be reached in five hours.
  • Istanbul Airport: Opened in October 2018, Istanbul Airport is expected to serve over 50 million travelers in its first full year of operation. The main hub of Turkish Airlines and offering flights by tens of other airlines, the airport provides connections with destinations in all the inhabited continents of the planet. Located 540 km (335 mi) southeast of Sofia, Istanbul Airport can be reached in 5 hours and 40 minutes. You’ll have to cross an international border, so ask your rental provider in advance if they permit it (if not, you can go by public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving in Sofia). Also, make sure you don’t need a visa to enter either Bulgaria or Turkey (each country has its own visa policy).
  • By rail: If you're arriving in Sofia by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Sofia Central Railway Station.

Useful city facts

  • Sofia is located at the foothills of Vitosha mountain massif. Its peak reaches nearly 3000 meters (9842 ft) above sea level.
  • Sofia has a humid continental climate. The average temperature in January is -0.6 °C (31 °F), although colder temperatures are not uncommon and the city sees snow almost every year. Summers, on the other hand, are warm and can even be scorching hot during July and August.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Sofia Central Mineral Baths. First built during the Ottoman days, rebuilt numerous times, and in active use until as recently as 1980s, this beautiful complex of mineral baths and saunas is a unique landmark of Sofia.
  2. National Museum of History. This museum lets you experience Bulgaria's long and varied history, from its recent 20th Century past to ancient history when the land was settled by such different peoples as Thracians, Celts, Hellenes, and Romans. 
  3. St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. The largest Christian Orthodox church in Southeast Europe and one of the most prominent ones in the world, this cathedral is a place where you can appreciate beautiful architecture and learn more about Bulgaria's leading religious denomination.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Sofia experiences high traffic congestion. As a visitor, it’s a good idea to plan your travel around the city outside the main rush hours in the morning and in the evening.
  • Outside main population areas and nature areas of national importance the road signs are often only written in Cyrillic. If you cannot read this alphabet, it’s a good idea to get a dictionary, perhaps in mobile format, to be able to read them.
  • Speed cameras are in use.
  • Drivers are only allowed to use mobile phones with a hands-free system.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines. Driving with blood alcohol content of over 1.2% will lead to imprisonment.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

For many motorways in Bulgaria you need to obtain a stamp or a highway vignette. The price of the stamp depends on the category (1 day, weekend, weekly, monthly, etc.) and on the type of car. You can purchase stamps online as well as in public selling points. Find out more on the official Bulgarian toll road website.

You also have to pay a fee for crossing certain bridges and for taking your car on a ferry to cross certain bodies of water. Find out more about the crossing points and the fees on the official European toll road website

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Vitosha. Sofia is located at the foothills of the Vitosha mountain massif. Its peak reaches nearly 3000 meters (9842 ft), providing magnificent views of the city below. The mountain is part of a wider nature park that offers great hiking trails, and, if you're visiting in winter, you can also go skiing and snowboarding.
  • Rila Monastery. Just 90 minutes drive from Sofia, Rila Monastery is one of the most important religious centers of Bulgaria, and, indeed, the region. The nature areas around the monastery are also very much worth exploring.
  • Plovdiv. Bulgaria's second, Plovdiv is also considered by many to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Full of history and atmosphere, it offers everything from ruins of Roman buildings to regional museums and great cuisine.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car types in Bulgarie are standard, economy, and compact. The most popular rental car is the VW Polo, although travelers also love the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta.

Further destinations

  • Black Sea Coast. Perhaps Bulgaria's number one attraction, its Black Sea Coast is famous for resort towns like Burgas, Varna, and Sunny Beach. Visiting them is definitely recommended, but having your own ride will also let you find more private beaches up and down the coast.
  • Romania. Bulgaria's northern neighbor has plenty to offer to any traveler, from its eclectic capital Bucharest and cozy medieval cities like Brasov and Sibiu to majestic Carpathian mountains. Note that you'll have to cross a national border, so do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to make sure they permit it.
  • Northern Greece. Bordering Bulgaria, this region of Greece is famous for historic landmarks, wild nature areas, and the beautiful city of Thessaloniki. Note that you'll have to cross a national border, so do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to make sure they permit it.

Car Rental Prices in Sofia

  • Station wagons - from $29 per day
  • Large cars - from $43 per day
  • Medium cars - from $29 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $51 per day
  • Premium cars - from $118 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $72 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Sofia:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sofia is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 47% cheaper than the yearly average and about 64% cheaper than renting a car in August.

Top 3 Cities near Sofia

  1. Burgas Car Rentals from $5.28 per day
    336.4 km / 209.0 miles away
  2. Varna Car Rentals from $3.27 per day
    364.4 km / 226.5 miles away
  3. Plovdiv Car Rentals from $11.58 per day
    137.6 km / 85.5 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Sofia

  1. Sofia, Downtown Car Rentals from $11.58 per day
  2. Sofia Airport Car Rentals from $10.44 per day
    7.2 km / 4.5 miles away
  3. 7.2 km / 4.5 miles away
  4. Plovdiv Airport Car Rentals from $11.58 per day
    144.6 km / 89.9 miles away
  5. Burgas Airport Car Rentals from $5.28 per day
    343.4 km / 213.4 miles away
  6. Varna Airport Car Rentals from $3.27 per day
    371.0 km / 230.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Sofia vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Sofia
$19.84
January
$24.11
February
$22.16
March
$36.72
April
$21.90
May
$30.96
June
$41.83
July
$44.51
August
$39.56
September
$16.63
October
$38.05
November
$35.64
December
The best month to rent a car in Sofia is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.63). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 63% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $44.51 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Sofia?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 11 days in August, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Sofia
11
January
6
February
9
March
8
April
8
May
9
June
6
July
3
August
4
September
5
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Sofia?

While travelers visit Sofia year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is August.
Sofia Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
94%
January
455%
February
41%
March
48%
April
69%
May
June
July
August
1%
September
64%
October
38%
November
390%
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
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
AddCar Toyota Yaris 5 3 Medium cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
NuCarrentals Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
Surprice Renault Fluence 5 2 Medium cars
AddCar Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
AddCar Renault Megane 4 2 Large cars

FAQ

Should I rent a car in Sofia?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (6.3 from 7 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car in Sofia?
In most cases, you need a driver’s license, passport or ID card, and a credit card (in the name of the main driver), and the booking voucher to rent a car. Some companies may have additional requirements (be sure to check the rental conditions).
On what side of the road do they drive in Bulgaria?
Drivers must drive on the right side of the road.
Can I rent a car at 18 in Bulgaria?
Yes, you can rent a car at the age of 18.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Sofia?
You must be between 18 and 99 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars in Sofia?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Lion Rent A Car, CarRent, Europcar, Budget, Dives Rent a car, M Rent, GreenMotion, SIXT, Yes Rent A Car, Car 1, Prestige Rent A Car, EasyRentBulgaria and NuCarrentals in Sofia.
Can I rent a car with a debit card?
Though most companies require a credit card to leave a deposit, some accept debit cards. Check the rental conditions for more information.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
Most companies require a credit card to pick up the car. Some may accept debit cards or cash. Check the rental conditions for more information.
What car classes can I rent?
Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs, People Carriers/Vans, Station wagons, Premium cars and vehicle types are available in Sofia.
Can I rent a car in Sofia with my home country’s driver's license (for example, U.S., U.K., or Australia)?
In most cases, a driver’s license from your home country is acceptable if it uses the Latin alphabet. In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Sofia.
Do I need an International Driving Permit in Sofia?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in in Sofia without an International Driving Permit (IDP). In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Sofia.
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company in Sofia offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Sofia?
A rental car costs $44 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $10 at Lion Rent A Car, NuCarrentals and Car 1.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental in Sofia is $308. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental in Sofia was $73.
What car rental companies are located in Sofia?
Lion Rent A Car, CarRent, Europcar, Budget, Dives Rent a car, M Rent, GreenMotion, SIXT, Yes Rent A Car, Car 1, Prestige Rent A Car, EasyRentBulgaria and NuCarrentals can be found in Sofia.
What is the best car rental company in Sofia?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are M Rent (9.2, 24 reviews), Top Rent a Car (9.1, 49 reviews) and Lion Rent A Car (9.0, 63 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Renault Clio Grandtour
February 23, 2020
I highly recommend the ski and snowboard depot The Riding Spot at Malina Pamporovo and the Bulgarian Pub on the green run between Yazovira and Studenetz.
Bulgaria
Fiat Panda
February 15, 2020
Check which terminal you are landing at, and which terminal your car pick up is from. Note there is a free terminal between terminal 1 and 2
Germany
VW Polo
October 8, 2019
within Sofia no real need for a car, but if you want to see the mountains or some other places around the capital, having a rental car is good choice.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
September 18, 2019
Roads are very wide and well kept in Sofia
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308 STW
September 3, 2019
I found driving in Bulgaria okay, and this allowed us to visit places you would get to with tours. Sofia is easier without a car but we drove from Sofia to Plovdiv and Bergus and saw other towns and manastries like Nessebar old town, Pomorie, Sozopol, Rila monastery and Melnek. Enjoyed seeing all of them.
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
August 25, 2019
Though you may pay a litle more, it is better to get a reliable and reputable rental company such as DiscoverCarHire.com who will handle the car pick up at the airport and return quickly. If you make the mistake of trying to get cheap hire you will probably get issues over remote pick up aand drop location, delays, arguments ove disuted damage, insurance excesses etc.
United Arab Emirates
Peugeot 208
August 25, 2019
I live in a small village outside of Gabravo, so the car was used to get to and from our home.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
August 24, 2019
Sofia is a busy town and the transport links are very well established. Driving in town can be a bit frustrating. But in case you have to travel out of town the car is essential and the roads are mostly OK
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
July 18, 2019
Sofia is very nice but can be difficult to drive in city centre
Bulgaria
Renault Clio
June 9, 2019
Sofia is very nice city, good food and places to see.
United Kingdom
Renault Traffic
March 14, 2019
Sofia is nice but not really spent much time in it. I travel up to Samakov and Borovets and these are amazing places.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
January 9, 2019
Be ready for crazy drivers from the type "I'm immortal"
Greece
Fiat Panda
January 2, 2019
I have rent from another company and experience was very nice so yes
Australia
Renault Clio
November 1, 2018
The car was clean, new model and cheapest price, also unlimited km for hire car. The best deal.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
September 29, 2018
I am native Bulgarian , know very well Sofia and the entire country, that makes navigating around easy. Driving in city of Sofia is a challenging task even for the most experienced driver. Avoid driving in Sofia would be my best advice.
United Kingdom
VW Golf Variant
September 19, 2018
Stayed in Bansko, in the mountains. Beautiful area, fabulous walks, reasonable prices. Sofia is a city beginning to find itself, not the prettiest place in the world but plenty to see and do surrounded by amazing countryside.
Australia
VW Touran 5+2
September 13, 2018
Buy a tomtom as Sofia is a big place and can be confusing. Stick to major car rental companies its worth the extra money. Make sure you pay parking ticket in Blue Zones in Sofia, they are mostly in the centre and not well marked.
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 208
September 12, 2018
Take the car from a garage, not from parking lot.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
September 9, 2018
Sofia does have some interesting sights to see but can be very busy. It does provide a good base to visit nearby locations and attractions..
Israel
VW Touran 5+2
September 3, 2018
It is best not to have a car in Sofia, but car was needed in Burgas and the rest of Bulgaria.
Israel
Peugeot 208
September 1, 2018
Great place to trip to. Nice people and places to see
Israel
VW Touran 5+2
August 20, 2018
Sofia is a very beautiful city nice people and very good food regarding car parking use paid parking during days and at night blue zone are free
Israel
Opel Corsa
August 8, 2018
I enjoy the car and the service very much
United Kingdom
Skoda Octavia
August 3, 2018
Bulgaria is an amazing value for money country with lots of nature to explore, go there !

Top 14 Suppliers for Sofia in 2020

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+35928169575
53 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18443708929
6115 Mitchell St, Sioux City, IA 51111
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
ul. Pop Gruyu 96, 1836 g.k. Levski G, Sofia
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
8443708930
2403 AVIATION BLVD,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+35929459283
Bulgaria Blvd 1, 1463 Sofia
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.5
+359893444343
Slivnica 444
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+35928181968
111 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+359070091150
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+359876717717
bul. "Aleksandar Stamboliyski" 101, 1303 Zona B-5, Sofia
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+359888330470
1, Hristofor Kolumb blvd.
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
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1592 Sofia
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+359886526666 / +35970020225
1 Christophor Columb Boulevard, Sofia

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