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Car Rental in Sofia

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$3.66 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.67 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.67 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$3.81 / 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
$3.82 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.04 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.21 / per day
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Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$4.25 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:02 on 2021-01-27. 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
6.1

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

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$ 14.74 per day
  • From Sofia to Varna - 386 offers from US$ 16.52 per day
  • From Sofia to Bucharest - 15 offers from US$ 40.41 per day
  • From Sofia to Sarajevo - 21 offers from US$ 58.78 per day
  • From Sofia to Zagreb - 36 offers from US$ 63.43 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

  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 $26 per day
  • Large cars - from $39 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $45 per day
  • Premium cars - from $98 per day
  • Small cars - from $17 per day
  • SUVs - from $71 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 20 Cities near Sofia

  1. Varna Car Rentals from $9.71 per day
    378.3 km / 235.0 miles away
  2. Burgas Car Rentals from $7.60 per day
    343.6 km / 213.5 miles away
  3. Plovdiv Car Rentals from $9.74 per day
    143.4 km / 89.1 miles away
  4. Ravda Car Rentals from $25.61 per day
    356.4 km / 221.5 miles away
  5. Balchik Car Rentals from $18.91 per day
    401.7 km / 249.6 miles away
  6. 124.5 km / 77.4 miles away
  7. 191.5 km / 119.0 miles away
  8. Bansko Car Rentals from $26.57 per day
    95.2 km / 59.1 miles away
  9. Blagoevgrad Car Rentals from $23.79 per day
    76.1 km / 47.3 miles away
  10. Razlog Car Rentals from $26.57 per day
    89.6 km / 55.6 miles away
  11. Golden Sands Car Rentals from $12.49 per day
    390.0 km / 242.3 miles away
  12. Pernik Car Rentals from $8.95 per day
    23.9 km / 14.9 miles away
  13. Botevgrad Car Rentals from $16.52 per day
    45.7 km / 28.4 miles away
  14. Dobrinishte Car Rentals from $26.57 per day
    98.1 km / 60.9 miles away
  15. Pleven Car Rentals from $26.57 per day
    132.7 km / 82.5 miles away
  16. Asenovgrad Car Rentals from $12.66 per day
    124.5 km / 77.4 miles away
  17. Pazardzhik Car Rentals from $14.51 per day
    99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  18. Smolyan Car Rentals from $23.79 per day
    167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  19. Kazanluk Car Rentals from $23.79 per day
    169.6 km / 105.4 miles away
  20. Haskovo Car Rentals from $21.01 per day
    202.2 km / 125.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Sofia

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  3. Sofia Airport Car Rentals from $3.52 per day
    7.3 km / 4.5 miles away
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  11. 98.1 km / 60.9 miles away
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  13. 124.5 km / 77.4 miles away
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  18. 164.4 km / 102.1 miles away
  19. 167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  20. 169.6 km / 105.4 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
$22.10
January
$26.86
February
$24.68
March
$29.01
April
$31.43
May
$34.49
June
$46.60
July
$49.58
August
$41.03
September
$29.83
October
$42.38
November
$39.70
December
The best month to rent a car in Sofia is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $22.10). This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 55% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $49.58 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
11
January
6
February
8
March
6
April
6
May
9
June
6
July
3
August
5
September
4
October
12
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 April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Sofia by Monthly Searches
38%
January
369%
February
336%
March
April
May
June
July
August
74%
September
53%
October
186%
November
144%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Skoda Fabia 3 1 Small cars
AddCar Skoda Octavia Combi 5 2 Station wagons

Top 16 Suppliers in Sofia in 2021

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+35928169575
53A Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.2
+359887205813
Sofia Airport, 1 Hristofor Columb blvd., Sofia 1540
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
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:09:00-20:59
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
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
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
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 / +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
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