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Varna, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive Rent A Car
$4.99 / per day
Varna Airport
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ride Rent A Car
$8.61 / per day
Varna Airport
Economy Elite
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Top Rent A Car
$13.63 / per day
Varna Airport
Compact
Renault Clio Grandtour or similar
Renault Clio Grandtour
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
EasyRentBulgaria
$20.62 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Varna Airport
Intermediate
Peugeot 308 SW Estate or similar
Peugeot 308 SW Estate
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
BOJONE
$24.26 / per day
Varna Airport
Oversized Commercial Van/Truck
Peugeot Boxer or similar
Peugeot Boxer
  • 3
  • 7
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lion Rent A Car
$52.69 / per day
Varna Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dives Rent a car
$64.45 / per day
Varna Airport
Full-size Van
Ford Galaxy or similar
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$328.18 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:38 on 2024-04-12. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Turkish, Albanian
Currency
BGN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+359
Average car rental price
$65 per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
20 - 50 km/h or 12 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.1 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.52 per liter or $5.75 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.41 per liter or $5.36 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.80 per liter or $6.80 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Varna?

Located on the Black Sea coast, most people visit Varna for its long and beautiful beaches. But the city has plenty more to offer, from Orthodox Christian architecture and interesting museums to historic sites that date back more than 5,000 years. Varna’s convenient location means that much of the rest of Bulgaria, from other resort towns and impressive mountains to cities like Sofia and Plovdiv, can be easily reached from here. 

Varna

One-Way Car Rentals in Varna

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

  • From Varna to Sofia - 117 offers from $18.81 per day
  • From Varna to Dubrovnik - 35 offers from $113.54 per day

Top ways to enter Varna

  • Varna Airport: Known as Letishte Varna in Bulgarian, it served 2.2 million travelers in 2018. The airport is especially active during the summer months when more than 30 airlines fly to and from Varna. Located just 9km (5.6 miles) northwest of Varna city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Burgas Airport: Also located on the Black Sea coast, Burgas Airport is the second-busiest in Bulgaria. The airport is served by around 40 different airlines and hosts flights to and from destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and East Asia. Burgas Airport is 120km (75 miles) south of Varna and can be reached in about two hours, most of the road going right along the Black Sea coast.
  • Sofia Airport: By far the largest international airport in Bulgaria, and one of the busiest in all of Southeast Europe, it served nearly 7 million travelers in 2018. Sofia Airport is a large hub for low-cost companies like Ryanair and Wizz Air and is served by around 30 other airlines. Located 500km (310 miles) west of Varna, the airport can be reached in about five hours.
  • Plovdiv Airport: Located in Bulgaria’s second-most populous city, Plovdiv Airport is served by five different airlines. It offers flights to and from Moscow, London, Antalya, Tel Aviv, and Belfast. Located 380km (236 miles) southwest of Varna, Plovdiv can be reached in about four hours.

City facts

  • Varna enjoys an oceanic climate with Mediterranean influences. The average high temperature is 27°C  (80 °F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 6°C  (43°F) in January, the coldest month. Precipitation is quite low from June to September, although it is higher than in many coastal cities in neighboring Turkey and Greece. The city has the highest number of days with precipitation from December to March, when not only rain, but also snowfall occurs.
  • With a population of around 335,000, Varna is the third-most populous city in Bulgaria and the largest Bulgarian city on the Black Sea coast. Another 80,000 live in the city’s larger metropolitan area. Although most of Varna’s inhabitants are Bulgarians, there are also small native Turkish and Romani communities. A person from Varna is called a Varnean.

Top destinations and activities

  • Varna Archaeological Museum. One of the largest museums of its type not only in Bulgaria, but in all of Europe, Varna Archaeological Museum has more than 100,000 objects, relics, and artefacts on display. The museum focuses on the different cultures that have inhabited the Varna region since antiquity. After visiting the museum, make sure to also visit Varna’s Roman baths which are located in another part of the city, but are technically a part of the museum.
  • Varna Aquarium. The Black Sea is rightly famous as a beach tourism destination, but it is also an important habitat for countless fish, aquatic mammals, and plant species. Many of these can be observed at Varna Aquarium In addition, its World Ocean section also has fish and molluscs from exotic locations around the world. 
  • Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral. Bulgaria is an overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian country, and the Mother of God Cathedral is the most important place of worship in Varna. Open for 130 years, it is the second-largest church in the country and one of the most impressive buildings in the city.
  • Naval Museum. Another emblematic cultural institution, this is arguably one of the most modern museums in all of Bulgaria. Having both indoor and outdoor exhibitions, the museum has a collection of fascinating naval weaponry, remains of historically important ships, and other artifacts. Visit the Naval Museum’s website to learn more about admission and exhibitions.
  • Nicolaus Copernicus Planetarium and Observatory. Another popular place for the whole family to visit, Varna’s vintage planetarium and observatory opened in 1968 and has remained one of the city’s main landmarks ever since. Most shows are in Bulgarian, but there is one in English that takes place once a week – do get in touch with the planetarium staff to find out more by writing to planetarium.varna@gmail.com.

Traffic and parking

  • Cars in Bulgaria drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Outside the main population areas and 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 hands-free systems.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, 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 a 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 highway vignette. The price of the vignette depends on the term (1-day, weekend, weekly, monthly, etc.) and the type of car. You can purchase vignettes online as well as at locations such as gas stations. Some rental cars will come pre-equipped with a highway vignette, and some rental car providers will ask an extra fee for this service. Ask your rental car provider in advance about the highway vignette for your rental car. Find out more toll roads in Bulgaria on the country’s official 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 day trips

  • Aladzha Monastery. Located right outside Varna, Aladzha is a medieval monastery complex. A unique place to visit, it is made up of a number of caves carved into karst cliffs. As impressive from inside as it is from outside, visitors can explore its frescoes, mosaics, and catacombs. The whole place has a slightly claustrophobic, but very beautiful feel about it. Located just 15km (9 miles) north of Varna city center, the monastery can be reached in about 20 minutes by car.
  • Varna Necropolis. Only discovered in 1972, Varna Necropolis is a historical site of the ancient Varna Culture. Dating back to at least 4,200 BC, it is primarily a burial site. artifacts such as sculptures, vases, and the oldest gold jewelry in the world have been found here and put on display. A timeless place to visit, the Necropolis is just 6km (3.7 miles) west of the city center and can be reached in about ten minutes.
  • Beaches. Above all else, Varna is a beach destination. Many of the city’s most popular and busy coastal spots can be found around the Sea Garden, a large waterfront park made up public swimming areas, beach bars, and clubs. But with a rental car, you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to Sunny Beach (Slanchev Bryag in Bulgarian) to the south or Albena to the north.
  • Kamen Bryag. A beach village with a permanent population of 76, the ‘Stone Coast’ packs in surprisingly diverse attractions. In addition to wonderfully rugged beaches, the area is also home to the Yailata Nature and Archaeological Reserve which is as known for its cliffs and caves as it is for millennia-old fortifications and a Scythian necropolis. The drive from Varna takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Shumen Plateau Nature Park. Located about an 80-minute drive west of Varna, this is one of the most distinctive nature areas of Bulgaria. Characterized by old beech woodlands, long valleys, and karst formations, the area is home to diverse wildlife. You will also find historical attractions such as the remains of the Shumen Fortress which are about 2,500 years old and unique underground monasteries.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Varna is the Opel Corsa, closely followed by the VW Polo and the Hyundai i20. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and standard.

Further destinations

  • Burgas. Like Varna, Burgas is primarily a resort town. Over the last decade it’s gotten so popular that some think it has overshadowed its larger northern neighbor. But there’s plenty more about Burgas than just its coastline - landmarks include the Nature Museum, the Armenian Church, and the Poda Protected Area, a large wetland reserve that is home to many species of waterbird. Located 130km (80 miles) south of Varna, Burgas can be reached in about two hours.
  • Sofia. The nation’s capital, and by far its largest city, is a place of culture. There’s plenty to enjoy here, from the Earth and Man Museum and the National History Museum to St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Sofia Public Mineral Baths. Should you ever get overwhelmed by the big city, you can drive to the nearby Vitosha Mountains, a regional hub for winter sports. Sofia is 440km (273 miles) west of Varna and can be reached in about five hours by car.
  • Central Balkan National Park. Made up of deep canyons, waterfalls, ancient beech forests, and dramatic mountain peaks, Central Balkan National Park is one of the most impressive areas of the country. The perfect place for hiking and wildlife watching, the national park is 300km (186 miles) from Varna and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach.
  • Romania. Equally known for its Black Sea beaches, unique cultural heritage, and the stunning mountains of Transylvania, Bulgaria’s northern neighbor is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe. Better yet, it’s also very accessible from Varna – Romania’s main coastal hub, Constanta, is just a two-and-a-half hour drive away, while the capital, Bucharest, can be reached in about three and a half hours. Keep in mind that neither Bulgaria nor Romania is in the Schengen Area, so while there are some rental car suppliers who permit crossing the border, not all of them do.  It’s always important to check your rental conditions beforehand. Another option is to travel by public transportation and pick up a new rental when arriving in Romania.

Car Rental Prices in Varna

  • Station wagons - from $10 per day
  • Large cars - from $15 per day
  • Medium cars - from $16 per day
  • Vans - from $31 per day
  • Premium cars - from $44 per day
  • Small cars - from $5 per day
  • SUVs - from $14 per day

Money-saving tips

There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Varna. Start with these:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Varna is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 62% cheaper than the yearly average and a barely believable 80% cheaper than renting a vehicle in June. Come visit the Black Sea in early spring!
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Top 5 Locations near Varna

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Varna?

Car rental prices in Varna vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Varna
$12.63
January
$20.21
February
$20.52
March
$23.01
April
$21.23
May
$26.30
June
$41.70
July
$37.56
August
$20.90
September
$14.92
October
$8.42
November
$11.99
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Varna is November (when prices average $8.42 per day). This is 61% cheaper than the yearly average and 80% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $41.70).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Varna?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 16 days, and in February, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Varna
16
January
5
February
7
March
10
April
8
May
9
June
11
July
9
August
7
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Varna is July, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Varna by pick-up date relative to the average
22%
January
30%
February
29%
March
89%
April
171%
May
160%
June
173%
July
148%
August
155%
September
132%
October
60%
November
31%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers BOJONE, Top Rent A Car, Green Rent A Car, Low Cost Cars, GreenMotion
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Station wagons
Lowest price $5 per day
Cheapest supplier Drive Rent A Car

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Green Rent A Car Toyota Aygo X 5 2 SUVs
Top Rent A Car Hyundai i20 5 1 Small cars
BOJONE Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
Low Cost Cars Dacia Sandero 5 1 Small cars
Green Rent A Car Toyota Yaris Cross 5 2 SUVs
Drive Rent A Car Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
BOJONE Opel Zafira 5+2 4 5 Large cars
Low Cost Cars Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
Drive Rent A Car Toyota Aygo 4 2 Small cars
BOJONE Peugeot 208 5 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Bulgaria
Renault Clio
March 17, 2024
Bad road conditions…
Slovakia
Audi A6
September 10, 2023
Burgas and Varna are great places to visit. Definitely will visit again!
Finland
Hyundai i30 STW
June 30, 2023
Easy to access all destinations on our trip with the rented car (we had AWD SUV).
Czech Republic
Ford Fiesta
April 14, 2023
We traveled through part of Bulgaria, visited ruins, monuments and the coast. We also got to the mountains.
Germany
Toyota Yaris
July 8, 2020
I recommend to rent cheap cars in Bulgaria (Varna). The roads and traffic are messy and you have lot of risk of accident.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308 STW
July 23, 2018
Varna is large and fairly industrial/commercial so likely that tourists are staying elsewhere so would definitely recommend hiring a car

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Lion Rent A Car
9.6 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
EasyRentBulgaria
6.3 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
15
Total rental companies
21
Average daily price
$64.68
Lowest daily price
$4.99
Total cars available
362

Top 21 Suppliers in Varna in 2024

Lion Rent A Car
Lion Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.6 / 26 reviews
1 location
$26 - $77
BOJONE
BOJONE
Exceptional 9 / 160 reviews
1 location
$22 - $33
Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Very good 8.7 / 85 reviews
3 locations
$14 - $173
Green Rent A Car
Green Rent A Car
Very good 8.7 / 25 reviews
2 locations
Low Cost Cars
Low Cost Cars
Very good 8.4 / 14 reviews
3 locations
$10 - $17
Dives Rent a car
Dives Rent a car
Very good 8.2 / 37 reviews
2 locations
$37 - $123
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.2 / 5 reviews
1 location
$30
Drive Rent A Car
Drive Rent A Car
Very good 8.1 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$5 - $114
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $23
Ride Rent A Car
Ride Rent A Car
Very good 8.1 / 5 reviews
2 locations
$8 - $69
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.1 / 4 reviews
1 location
$18 - $23
Sky Rent A Car
Sky Rent A Car
Very good 8.1 / 3 reviews
4 locations
$28 - $47
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
1 location
$22 - $28
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7 / 2 reviews
1 location
$29 - $72
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.7
1 location
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 1 review
1 location
$38
ACARENT
ACARENT
Good 7.4 / 4 reviews
4 locations
$347 - $353
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.4
1 location
$14 - $34
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Satisfactory 6.7
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.6 / 11 reviews
1 location
$31 - $588
EasyRentBulgaria
EasyRentBulgaria
Satisfactory 6.3 / 26 reviews
1 location
$20 - $556
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