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Car Rental in Sofia

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Yes Rent A Car
$4.63 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.98 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.00 per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$5.60 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.
Surprice
$6.23 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.70 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.32 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.45 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:56 on 2022-01-23. 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
6.2

Why rent a car in Sofia?

Sofia is a great place to explore. Home to a fascinating religious and political history, it has a unique atmosphere and no shortage of notable landmarks. The city is also a short ride away from a number of Bulgaria’s most interesting destinations, such as the Vitosha mountain, and can serve as a base for exploring the northwestern part of the country.

Sofia Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Sofia

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Sofia and drop off in another city include:

  • From Sofia to Burgas - 747 offers from US$ 13.83 per day
  • From Sofia to Varna - 386 offers from US$ 15.51 per day
  • From Sofia to Bucharest - 15 offers from US$ 37.93 per day
  • From Sofia to Belgrade - 70 offers from US$ 41.68 per day
  • From Sofia to Skopje - 15 offers from US$ 37.93 per day

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

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • The Ethnographic Museum. Also dedicated to Bulgarian history, but more focused on the aspects of everyday life, this is another interesting museum in Sofia. Run by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies, it features Bulgarian national costumes, objects relating to traditional occupations, and exhibitions on the traditional beliefs and culture of Bulgarians. The museum is located in the building of the former Royal Palace.

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.
  • Central Balkan National Park. Located near the geographical center of the country, this national park is primarily known for its mountainous landscape and is the location of Botev Peak which is, at 2,376 m (7,795 feet), the highest point of the Balkan mountains. The park is also home to thick woodlands inhabited by a variety of fauna and generally feels like one of the wildest places in the country. The drive from the capital takes about an hour and 45 minutes.

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. From its eclectic capital, Bucharest, to the mountains of Transylvania and cozy medieval cities like Brasov and Sibiu, Bulgaria’s northern neighbor is one of the up-and-coming destinations of Europe. The Danube, which forms a natural border between the two countries, is only about a three-hour drive from Sofia. Not every car rental supplier permits crossing the national border, so you should ask in advance. Also, despite being members of the European Union, neither country is a part of the Schengen Area and you may need a separate visa to enter them.
  • Northern Greece. Located to the south, Greece is another fascinating neighbor of Romania. The northern part of this fascinating country includes destinations like the city of Thessaloniki (less than a four-hour drive from Sofia), Olympos National Park, and the Chalkidiki peninsula. As with Romania, ask your rental car supplier in advance if they permit you to travel to the neighboring country.

Car Rental Prices in Sofia

  • Station wagons - from $56 per day
  • Large cars - from $60 per day
  • Medium cars - from $37 per day
  • Vans - from $93 per day
  • Premium cars - from $128 per day
  • Small cars - from $29 per day
  • SUVs - from $83 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 13 Cities near Sofia

  1. Varna Car Rentals from $18.75 per day
    378.3 km / 235.0 miles away
  2. Burgas Car Rentals from $28.04 per day
    343.7 km / 213.5 miles away
  3. Plovdiv Car Rentals from $19.26 per day
    143.4 km / 89.1 miles away
  4. Balchik Car Rentals from $29.19 per day
    402.0 km / 249.8 miles away
  5. 354.6 km / 220.3 miles away
  6. Obzor Car Rentals from $31.80 per day
    372.9 km / 231.7 miles away
  7. Bansko Car Rentals from $24.94 per day
    95.2 km / 59.1 miles away
  8. Pernik Car Rentals from $66.74 per day
    23.9 km / 14.9 miles away
  9. Kichevo Car Rentals from $23.97 per day
    383.4 km / 238.2 miles away
  10. Borovets Car Rentals from $22.33 per day
    52.2 km / 32.4 miles away
  11. Nessebar Car Rentals from $11.33 per day
    361.0 km / 224.3 miles away
  12. Ruse Car Rentals from $27.81 per day
    249.4 km / 155.0 miles away
  13. Albena Car Rentals from $23.97 per day
    394.2 km / 245.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Sofia

  1. 1.4 km / 0.9 miles away
  2. 1.5 km / 1.0 miles away
  3. Sofia Airport Car Rentals from $4.63 per day
    7.3 km / 4.5 miles away
  4. 23.9 km / 14.9 miles away
  5. 45.7 km / 28.4 miles away
  6. 52.2 km / 32.4 miles away
  7. 76.1 km / 47.3 miles away
  8. 89.6 km / 55.6 miles away
  9. 95.2 km / 59.1 miles away
  10. 98.1 km / 60.9 miles away
  11. 99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  12. 124.5 km / 77.4 miles away
  13. 131.8 km / 81.9 miles away
  14. 132.7 km / 82.5 miles away
  15. Plovdiv Airport Car Rentals from $19.26 per day
    143.4 km / 89.1 miles away
  16. 161.3 km / 100.2 miles away
  17. 164.4 km / 102.1 miles away
  18. 167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  19. 169.6 km / 105.4 miles away
  20. 192.5 km / 119.6 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
$24.62
January
$25.21
February
$23.17
March
$27.23
April
$29.50
May
$32.37
June
$43.73
July
$46.54
August
$39.46
September
$31.54
October
$40.07
November
$37.91
December
The best month to rent a car in Sofia is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $23.17). This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 50% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $46.54 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 November, travelers rent a car for an average of 12 days in August, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Sofia
10
January
6
February
7
March
6
April
6
May
9
June
6
July
3
August
5
September
3
October
12
November
7
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Sofia is January, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Sofia by Monthly Searches
337%
January
258%
February
269%
March
April
May
June
July
August
38%
September
27%
October
155%
November
116%
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
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Yes Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Top Rent A Car VW T-Roc 5 3 SUVs
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small 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)
Citroen C3
February 14, 2021
I traveled during the time of Covid-19 lockdown. It was not for tourism. I would rent a car if I need to travel again during these difficult times because I do not want to use the metro or buses or taxis.
United Kingdom
Seat Ibiza
November 8, 2020
Sofia is a great place to travel into, get your car and then go exploring, people at smart rent a car make the start of your holiday just perfect, thank you!
Israel
Peugeot 208
October 14, 2020
Traffic/Parking is hard in Sofia..
United Kingdom
VW Polo
October 2, 2020
Beautiful country
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 27, 2020
Rent in Sofia, no problem, just beware of some unscrupulous renters.
United Kingdom
VW Golf STW
February 26, 2020
Sofia is a great city with lots of things to do and see - the food is also very good Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria and is also a great city to explore with loads of culture.
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
Renault Clio Grandtour
September 25, 2019
I wouldn’t hire a car if I was only going to Sofia but definitely would if I was going else where.
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 17 Suppliers in Sofia in 2022

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+3598169580
53A Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd
Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.2
+359887205813
Sofia, 31 "Aleksandar Malinov" blvd. (Shell parking lot), Sofia 1729
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:30
Tue:08:30-18:30
Wed:08:30-18:30
Thu:08:30-18:30
Fri:08:30-18:30
Sat:08:30-18:30
Sun:08:30-18:30
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
ul. Pop Gruyu 96, 1836 g.k. Levski G, Sofia
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+35929459283
Bulgaria Blvd 1, 1463 Sofia
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
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+35928181968
111 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:30
Tue:08:30-18:30
Wed:08:30-18:30
Thu:08:30-18:30
Fri:08:30-18:30
Sat:00:00-00:17
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
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Excellent 8.5
+359886526666 / +35970020225
1 Christophor Columb Boulevard, Sofia
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
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
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8
+359893444343
Slivnica 444
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+359876717717
bul. "Aleksandar Stamboliyski" 101, 1303 Zona B-5, 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
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+359893333136
1, Bulgaria blvd. Hilton Hotel
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
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
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