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Car Rental at Sofia Airport

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Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini Elite
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$12.93 / per day
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Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Car 1
$13.29 / per day
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Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$14.15 / per day
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Compact
Peugeot 301 or similar
Peugeot 301
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lion Rent A Car
$14.38 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Intermediate
Audi A3 or similar
Audi A3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$25.72 / per day
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Standard
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$32.60 / per day
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Compact Elite
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$38.63 / per day
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Full-size
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
CarRent
$41.10 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:02 on 2020-06-29. 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
9 days
Economy car rental price
$17.18 / 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
9.7
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.

Terminals

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.

Location

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 $23 per day
  • Large cars - from $31 per day
  • Medium cars - from $26 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $63 per day
  • Premium cars - from $137 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $53 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)
  • Surprice (Tel: +359883966366 / +359882721117)
  • Avis (Tel: +359070091150)
  • Autounion (Tel: +359887818191)
  • Alamo (Tel: +35929373594)
  • Budget (Tel: +359899700001)
  • Yes Rent A Car (Tel: +359887503030)
  • Hertz (Tel: +35929459217 / +35929459960 / +35924740181)
  • AddCar (Tel: +359893444343)
  • Interrent (Tel: +359888330470)
  • GreenMotion (Tel: +359876717717)
  • NUCarrentals (Tel: +35970020225)
  • Ace Rent a car (Tel: 359884797108 / 3172487251)
  • MEX RENT A CAR (Tel: +359886526666 / +35970020225)

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.

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Airport info

Rating
6.5
  • 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)

  • IATA: SOF
  • ICAO: LBSF
  • Name: Sofia Airport (SOF)
  • Type: Public / Civil
  • 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: public@sofia-airport.bg

Top 10 Locations near Sofia Airport

  1. 1.4 km / 0.9 miles away
  2. 7.3 km / 4.5 miles away
  3. 143.4 km / 89.1 miles away
  4. 343.6 km / 213.5 miles away
  5. 343.7 km / 213.5 miles away
  6. 356.4 km / 221.5 miles away
  7. 371.7 km / 231.0 miles away
  8. 378.4 km / 235.1 miles away
  9. 401.7 km / 249.6 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
$16.18
January
$29.11
February
$15.18
March
$37.21
April
$30.22
May
$26.59
June
$41.30
July
$46.14
August
$20.63
September
$10.20
October
$12.01
November
$13.09
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Sofia Airport is October when prices for an Economy class start from $10.20. 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 $46.14 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
10
January
9
February
9
March
9
April
10
May
11
June
10
July
10
August
9
September
8
October
10
November
12
December

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.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
89%
January
86%
February
81%
March
94%
April
132%
May
110%
June
170%
July
151%
August
87%
September
61%
October
73%
November
67%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
AddCar Toyota Yaris 5 3 Medium cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
NUCarrentals Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
AddCar Renault Megane 4 2 Large cars
AddCar VW Golf STW 5 3 Station wagons
GreenMotion Skoda Fabia 3 1 Small cars
AddCar VW Passat 4 2 Station wagons

FAQ

Can I rent three cars under the same name?
It is possible to reserve three cars. However, to book three cars, you will have to make three different bookings, each under the person who will be driving its name.
Do you accept driver’s licenses issued in Israel or must I have an international driving license as well?
Only driver’s licenses issued by European Union countries are accepted. Customers from other countries need to carry an International Driving Permit along with their original driver’s license.
Can I pay the entire cost of the rental car on your website?
On our website, we have two types of payment available, full prepayment and partial prepayment. If a customer would like to pay the entire cost of the rental upfront, they will need to choose full prepayment rentals. Customers can use the filter available on our website to search for full prepayment offers.

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Citroen C3
March 6, 2020
Beautiful city. Driving and especially finding a parking space can be a challenge. Best to use public transport and taxi (very reasonably priced) in the city and hire a car for longer distances.
Israel
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.
Israel
Hyundai H1
May 15, 2019
We were in the Borovets area, an amazing place not even in the ski season

Top 28 Suppliers at Sofia Airport in 2020

Smart Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.7
+359885607760 / +359885717101
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
$28 - $46
Prestige Rent A Car
Prestige Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.7
+359888630063
Meet & Greet
$39 - $51
Top Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.4
+359887205813
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
$17 - $45
Lion Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.4
+35928921310 / +359878408142
1 Christopher Columbus, 1540 Sofia
$14 - $119
M Rent
Exceptional 9.4
+359886944992 / +359895553040
1 Christopher Columbus
Budget
Exceptional 9.3
+359899700001
In terminal
$28 - $31
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+35929459276
T1 - Sofia Airport
$17 - $120
National
Exceptional 9.2
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
$23 - $190
CarRent
Exceptional 9.1
+359888221600
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
$21 - $51
Easy Rent
Excellent 8.9
+359889983661
Delivery and collection services
$34 - $94
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
$20 - $77
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
$18 - $68
Dives Rent a car
Excellent 8.8
+359898446083
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
$25 - $69
Car 1
Excellent 8.7
+359886526666
1528, Nedelcho Bonchev 18, Bulgaria
$13 - $139
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+35929459266
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
$28 - $58
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
Surprice
Excellent 8.5
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1592 Sofia
$14 - $14
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
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+359887818191
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
$15 - $102
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:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+35929373594
Terminal 2 - 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
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
Yes Rent A Car
Yes Rent A Car
Excellent 8.5
+359887503030
Hristofor Kolumb 1
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
+35929459217 / +35929459960 / +35924740181
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540 Sofia
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8
+359893444343
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+359888330470
1, Hristofor Kolumb blvd.
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+359876717717
T1 - Sofia Airport, 1000, Sofia
$34 - $157
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
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
$13 - $81
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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