Car Rental Sofia Airport (SOF)

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Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini Elite
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$10.42 / per day
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$10.73 / per day
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lion Rent A Car
$11.56 / per day
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Car 1
$13.88 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Peugeot 308 or similar
Peugeot 308
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Man.
M Rent
$20.01 / per day
Opel Insignia or similar
Opel Insignia
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
$25.44 / per day
Renault Trafic or similar
Renault Trafic
  • 8x
  • 6x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
$39.64 / per day
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$41.63 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:29 on 2020-02-04. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Country code
Average car rental length
9 days
Economy car rental price
$15.21 / per day
Traffic direction
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
Sofia Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental at Sofia Airport! Then drive to Sofia’s city center and explore everything it has to offer—beautiful Orthodox Christian churches, excellent history, and art museums and interesting architecture. Enjoy downtown, but be sure to drive your rental around the city to see how the locals live and check out the contrasting communist architecture.

A trip to Sofia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the city’s public mineral baths or its colorful markets. And of course, there’s Bulgaria’s delicious cuisine and Middle Eastern dishes from nearby countries.

Sofia is great, but the entire region has plenty to offer. Get a longer-term car rental and you can drive east to Bulgaria’s Black Sea beaches or inland up into the mountains. Romania is to the north, and other neighboring countries like Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia also have plenty to offer. You can even get your rental car at Sofia Airport and drop it off in a different city. Start planning your adventure today!

Sofia Airport is also known as Letishte Sofiya.

Top international routes

  • London
  • Milan
  • Rome
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Madrid

Main airlines

Sofia airport is the main hub for Bulgaria Air, the country's flag carrier. The airline flies to and from destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. The low-cost carriers Wizz Air and Ryanair carry the most passengers at the airport. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and easyJet are also some of the airport’s main airlines.


The two passenger terminals are Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. A shuttle bus runs between them every 30 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Sofia airport is 10 km (6.2 miles) east of downtown Sofia. Bulevard Bruksel and Tsarigradsko shose are the main roads connecting the airport and the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Station wagons - from $29 per day
  • Large cars - from $36 per day
  • Medium cars - from $27 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $53 per day
  • Premium cars - from $144 per day
  • Small cars - from $21 per day
  • SUVs - from $74 per day

Top car rental companies

  • Smart Rent A Car (Tel: +359885607760 / +359885717101)
  • Prestige Rent A Car (Tel: +359888630063)
  • Top Rent a Car (Tel: +359887205813)
  • Lion Rent A Car (Tel: +35928921310 / +359878408142)
  • M Rent (Tel: +359886944992 / +359895553040)
  • Budget (Tel: +359899700001)
  • SIXT (Tel: +35929459276)
  • National (Tel: +35929373594)
  • CarRent (Tel: +359888221600)
  • Easy Rent (Tel: +359889983661)
  • Enterprise (Tel: +35929373594)
  • Alamo (Tel: +35929373594)
  • Dives Rent a car (Tel: +359898446083)
  • Car 1 (Tel: +359886526666)
  • Europcar (Tel: +35929459266)
  • AddCar (Tel: +359893444343)
  • Avis (Tel: +359070091150)
  • Autounion (Tel: +359887818191)
  • Yes Rent A Car (Tel: +359887503030)
  • Hertz (Tel: +35929459217 / +35929459960 / +35924740181)

Car rental desks

Lion, Easy Rent Bulgaria, Europcar, and Surprice have desks in both terminals.

Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Add Car (serviced by EasyRent Bulgaria), Sixt, and Alamo have desks only in Terminal 2.

All of the rental companies except for Prestige offer a meet a greet service at the airport. That is, a representative of the company will meet you at the airport and take you to their rental office.

Prestige offers a delivery service, that is, they will deliver the car to the airport for you.

Services and facilities

There are numerous stores and duty-free shops, a sandwich bar, two cafeterias, three lounges, a currency exchange office, an ATM, two lost and found offices, a help desk, and a prayer room. Travelers with reduced mobility can easily access most facilities in Terminal 1 and all facilities in Terminal 2. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

If one were to look for a gas station near the airport on Google Maps, they would find a Lukoil right next to the airport. Unfortunately, this station is very inconvenient for those returning a rental car to one of the airport’s terminals due to the fact that it is not possible to turn around after exiting it. It, however, is convenient for those returning a vehicle to rental locations on Nedelcho Bonchev St. and coming from Botevgradsko Shose Boulevard.

Others coming from the south of the city and returning a car to one of the terminals will find an OMV station along Alexander Malinov Blvd just north of the intersection with Andrey Saharov Street the most convenient. After this station, the road becomes highway-like with no further entrances prior to reaching the airport.

Those coming from the south and returning a car to off-airport locations could exit onto Christopher Columbus Blvd. to reach a Shell station and then continue along that road to the off-airport rental locations.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Burgas (381km / 236 miles)
  • Varna (440km / 273 miles)
  • Plovdiv (144km / 89 miles)
  • Bucharest (355km / 220 miles)
  • Golden Sands(456km / 283 miles)
  • Sunny Beach (406km / 252 miles)

Airport info

  • Getting to the airport 7.5
  • Departure and check-in 7.5
  • Terminal facilities 5.4
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.6
  • Restaurants and car rental services 4.6
  • Lounge 4.5

Sofia Airport (SOF)

  • Airport name: Sofia Airport (SOF)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Large Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 531 m / 1742 ft
  • Runway Surface: PMA
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 57,673
  • Passengers (per year): 6,490,096
  • Distance from City: 6.2 miles / 10 km E of town
  • Phone: +359 (0) 29372211
  • Email:

Top 6 Locations near Sofia Airport

  1. 7.2 km / 4.5 miles away
  2. 144.6 km / 89.9 miles away
  3. 343.4 km / 213.4 miles away
  4. 371.0 km / 230.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Sofia Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Sofia Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Sofia Airport
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Sofia Airport is October when prices for an Economy class start from $9.82. You can see that this is 59% cheaper than the yearly average and 78% cheaper than renting a car in August (when rental prices start at $44.44 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Sofia Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 12 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 8 days.
Average Rental Length at Sofia Airport

Which is the busiest car rental month at Sofia Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Sofia Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in October.
Sofia Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches

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 Megane 4 2 Large cars
AddCar Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars


Should I rent a car at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (9.7 from 6 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
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 at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
You must be between 18 and 65 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Lion Rent A Car, CarRent, GreenMotion, Europcar, Budget, Dives Rent a car, EasyRentBulgaria, M Rent, SIXT, Yes Rent A Car, Car 1, Prestige Rent A Car and NuCarrentals at Sofia Airport (SOF).
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?
Medium cars, SUVs, Premium cars, , Small cars, Large cars, Station wagons and People Carriers/Vans vehicle types are available at Sofia Airport (SOF).
Can I rent a car at Sofia Airport (SOF) 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) at Sofia Airport (SOF).
Do I need an International Driving Permit at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in at Sofia Airport (SOF) 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) at Sofia Airport (SOF).
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company at Sofia Airport (SOF) offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
A rental car costs $40 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $10 at NuCarrentals.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental at Sofia Airport (SOF) is $282. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental at Sofia Airport (SOF) was $73.
What car rental companies are located at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
Lion Rent A Car, CarRent, GreenMotion, Europcar, Budget, Dives Rent a car, EasyRentBulgaria, M Rent, SIXT, Yes Rent A Car, Car 1, Prestige Rent A Car and NuCarrentals can be found at Sofia Airport (SOF).
What car rental companies are onsite (in terminal) at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
Enterprise, SIXT, Alamo, Europcar, Surprice, Avis and Autounion are located onsite at Sofia Airport (SOF).
What car rental companies offer shuttle service at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
NuCarrentals and MEX RENT A CAR offer shuttle service to their location at Sofia Airport (SOF).
Which car rental companies offer meet and greet at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
GreenMotion offers meet and greet service at Sofia Airport (SOF).
What is the best car rental company at Sofia Airport (SOF)?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are M Rent (9.2, 21 reviews), Top Rent a Car (9.1, 42 reviews) and Lion Rent A Car (9.0, 41 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

Renault Clio
October 1, 2019
Everything was beyond all expectations!! Great price, great car, very friendly staff, brand new car. Will definitely rent again.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
August 16, 2019
The centre of Sofia is not easily signed on the airport route to the city and as a result we kept going to our destination. We loved Bansko and the area around it.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
July 25, 2019
The country is wonderful and there a lot of amazing places to be seen. Seaside and the mountains are beautiful.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
July 10, 2019
Sofia itself does not need a car, but you really do need one in order to get out of the city to places like the Rila Monastery and Rila 7 lakes, which only have 1 bus a day that goes to them and they are both so beautiful. Driving in Bulgaria was pretty easy because the roads are wide and all of the A roads are in good condition. Renting a car also meant that while driving across the country to the coast you can stop and admire the incredible sunflower and lavender fields.
Hyundai H1
May 15, 2019
We were in the Borovets area, an amazing place not even in the ski season

Top 20 Suppliers for Sofia Airport in 2020

Smart Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.7
+359885607760 / +359885717101
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Prestige Rent A Car
Prestige Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.7
Meet & Greet
Top Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.4
In Terminal
Lion Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.4
+35928921310 / +359878408142
1 Christopher Columbus, 1540 Sofia
M Rent
Exceptional 9.4
+359886944992 / +359895553040
1 Christopher Columbus
Exceptional 9.3
In terminal
Exceptional 9.2
T1 - Sofia Airport
Exceptional 9.2
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
Exceptional 9.1
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Easy Rent
Excellent 8.9
Delivery and collection services
Excellent 8.8
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
Excellent 8.8
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
Dives Rent a car
Excellent 8.8
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
Car 1
Excellent 8.7
1528, Nedelcho Bonchev 18, Bulgaria
Excellent 8.6
Excellent 8.5
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Excellent 8.5
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Excellent 8.5
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
Yes Rent A Car
Excellent 8.5
Hristofor Kolumb 1
Excellent 8.5
+35929459217 / +35929459960 / +35924740181
In terminal

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