Car Hire in Sofia

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Sofia Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 10.68 per day
Sofia Airport
Economy
Skoda Fabia or comparable
Skoda Fabia
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 16.08 per day
Sofia Airport
Compact
Renault Megane or comparable
Renault Megane
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 18.30 per day
Sofia Airport
Economy
VW Polo or comparable
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 18.38 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Sofia Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or comparable
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 19.53 / per day
Sofia Airport
Economy
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
EasyRentBulgaria
£ 19.59 / per day
Sofia Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
£ 22.69 / per day
Sofia Airport
Economy
VW Polo or comparable
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
£ 22.77 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 21:29 on 2022-10-02.

Travel Information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Dialing code
359
Budget car hire price
£ 34.73 / per day
Average car hire length
3 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of city centre
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Average gasoline price
£ 1.43 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.58 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.25 / 1 liter

Why hire a car in Sofia?

The first impression of the Bulgarian capital can be as a rather loud and hectic place, but give it a chance and you’ll discover a charming city with plenty of history and atmosphere to enjoy. Better yet, Sofia is also a gateway to a number of stunning nature areas.

Sofia

One-way Car Hire in Sofia

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

  • From Sofia to Burgas - 747 offers from £ 10.72 per day
  • From Sofia to Varna - 386 offers from £ 12.03 per day
  • From Sofia to Bucharest - 15 offers from £ 29.41 per day
  • From Sofia to Belgrade - 70 offers from £ 32.32 per day
  • From Sofia to Skopje - 15 offers from £ 29.41 per day

Top ways to enter Sofia

  • Sofia Airport. Serving the capital, Sofia Airport is a hub for both Ryanair and WizzAir, and also has flights by other low-cost companies like easyJet. The airport is about a 20 minute drive east of the city centre. 

Top destinations and activities

  • St. Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral. The largest Orthodox Christian church in the Balkans, this is arguably the most visited landmark in Sofia. Named after the Grand Prince of Kyiv, an important figure in the history of the faith, the mighty church is only a little more than a 100 years old, but its central location and sheer size make it one of the symbols of the city.
  • National Museum of History. Another monumental attraction with more than 650,000 items on display, the National Museum covers all of the Bulgarian history. Many of the most famous exhibits, such as the Valchitran gold treasure of Thracian, date back more than 2,000 years.
  • Boyana Church. A World Heritage site, this medieval church is best known for its unique and well-preserved murals. To reduce the human impact on the paintings, visitors are only allowed inside in groups of eight people and for ten minutes, but the experience is very much worth it. Boyana Church is near the waterfall of the same name, as well as the mountain of Vitosha (more on that below).

Traffic and parking

  • 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 the main population areas and nature areas of national importance, 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.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When, 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 highway vignette. The price depends on the time period (1 day, weekend, weekly, monthly, etc.) and on the type of car. You can purchase vignettes online as well as at public selling points. Find out more on the official Bulgarian toll road website. Your car may or may not come pre-equipped with the vignette — ask your car hire supplier in advance and also make sure to check the car hire conditions.

You also have to pay 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 European toll road website

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Vitosha. Arguably the day trip to take from Sofia, Vitosha is a mountain, a nature preserve, and a winter sports resort. Located just south of the capital and providing stunning views of it, Vitosha is great for climbing, hiking, or simply being in nature.
  • Rila National Park. If Vitosha feels too developed and full of other visitors for your adventure-craving senses, look no further than the Rila National Park. Located a 90-minute drive south of the capital, this national park is centred around seven highland lakes and is full of swift rivers, thick forests, and plenty of wild scenery. Right next door is Rila Monastery, one of the most notable complexes of its kind in the country.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Sofia is the Toyota Aygo, followed by the Suzuki Celerio and the Kia Picanto. The most popular car hire types are mini, economy, and compact.

Car Hire Prices in Sofia

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 60 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 65 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 51 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 198 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 139 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 35 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 97 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your car:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit in the month when the car hire prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sofia is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 40% cheaper than the yearly average and 56% cheaper than renting a car in August.

Top 11 Cities near Sofia

  1. Varna starting at £ 24.82 per day
    371.1 km / 230.6 miles away
  2. Burgas starting at £ 24.46 per day
    335.9 km / 208.7 miles away
  3. Bansko starting at £ 63.88 per day
    93.5 km / 58.1 miles away
  4. Stara Zagora starting at £ 71.29 per day
    183.8 km / 114.2 miles away
  5. Shumen starting at £ 15.48 per day
    293.5 km / 182.4 miles away
  6. Aheloy starting at £ 8.79 per day
    346.4 km / 215.3 miles away
  7. Pleven starting at £ 19.34 per day
    127.3 km / 79.1 miles away
  8. Razgrad starting at £ 18.86 per day
    270.2 km / 167.9 miles away
  9. Kazanluk starting at £ 18.09 per day
    162.0 km / 100.7 miles away
  10. Obzor starting at £ 33.25 per day
    365.3 km / 227.0 miles away
  11. Turgovishte starting at £ 18.18 per day
    264.9 km / 164.6 miles away

Top 18 Destinations around Sofia

  1. Sofia Sveta Gora starting at £ 32.50 per day
  2. Sofia Airport starting at £ 10.68 per day
    2.1 km / 1.3 miles away
  3. Sofia Delivery within city limits starting at £ 34.25 per day
    8.9 km / 5.5 miles away
  4. Pernik Delivery within city limits starting at £ 23.79 per day
    30.8 km / 19.1 miles away
  5. Botevgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 13.93 per day
    40.1 km / 24.9 miles away
  6. Borovets Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 58.33 per day
    48.3 km / 30.0 miles away
  7. Blagoevgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 17.31 per day
    77.4 km / 48.1 miles away
  8. Razlog Delivery within city limits starting at £ 19.34 per day
    88.0 km / 54.7 miles away
  9. Pazardzhik Delivery within city limits starting at £ 13.35 per day
    92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
  10. Bansko Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 63.88 per day
    93.5 km / 58.1 miles away
  11. Dobrinishte Delivery within city limits starting at £ 19.34 per day
    95.9 km / 59.6 miles away
  12. Asenovgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 12.01 per day
    124.1 km / 77.1 miles away
  13. Plovdiv Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 27.73 per day
    124.6 km / 77.4 miles away
  14. Pleven Delivery within city limits starting at £ 19.34 per day
    127.3 km / 79.1 miles away
  15. Pamporovo Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 16.06 per day
    155.3 km / 96.5 miles away
  16. Gabrovo Delivery within city limits starting at £ 19.44 per day
    157.0 km / 97.5 miles away
  17. Smolyan Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.09 per day
    161.4 km / 100.3 miles away
  18. Kazanluk Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.09 per day
    162.0 km / 100.7 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Sofia?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Sofiafluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Sofia
£ 19.09
January
£ 22.77
February
£ 15.94
March
£ 30.02
April
£ 20.95
May
£ 24.12
June
£ 33.67
July
£ 36.70
August
£ 30.93
September
£ 23.11
October
£ 31.07
November
£ 29.40
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Sofia is March with prices starting at £ 15.94 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is August with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 36.70. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 26. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Sofia?

Hirers picking up a car in Sofia keep them for an average of 12 days during in November, while those picking up their cars in October keep them for an average of 3.
Average Hire Length in Sofia
10
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
8
June
6
July
4
August
5
September
3
October
12
November
7
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Sofia?

While travellers visit Sofia year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is January, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Hire in Sofia by Monthly Searches
200%
January
193%
February
175%
March
68%
April
33%
May
1%
June
1%
July
38%
August
192%
September
138%
October
92%
November
69%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
CarRent Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Yes Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Yes Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Volkswagen T-Roc 5 2 SUVs
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 1 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 Kingdom
Hyundai i10
15 September 2022
Bourgas great.Rila mountains fantastic.we loved every minute.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio Grandtour
18 March 2022
Went to the 7 lakes and Rila Monastry. I wish I had more time/days to spend in Bulgaria

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Top Rent A Car
9.15 / 10
Lowest rated company
NUCarrentals
6.63 / 10
Total number of reviews
28
Total rental companies
26
Average daily price
£ 34.73
Lowest daily price
£ 2.72
Total cars available
599

Top 26 Hire Companies in Sofia in 2022

Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.2 / 41 reviews
+359887205813 / +35970089050
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
Lion Rent A Car
Lion Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.1 / 64 reviews
+35928922222 / +359878408142
1 Christopher Columbus, 1540 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
Autounion
Autounion
Outstanding 8.9 / 87 reviews
+359887818191 / +359889819181
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
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
Yes Rent A Car
Yes Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.9 / 31 reviews
+359887503030
1 Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:59
Tue:08:00-22:59
Wed:08:00-22:59
Thu:08:00-22:59
Fri:08:00-22:59
Sat:08:00-22:59
Sun:08:00-22:59
CarRent
CarRent
Outstanding 8.8 / 86 reviews
+359888221600
1, Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:59
Tue:08:00-19:59
Wed:08:00-19:59
Thu:08:00-19:59
Fri:08:00-19:59
Sat:08:00-19:59
Sun:08:00-19:59
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.7 / 24 reviews
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.7 / 5 reviews
+359899700001
Arrivals Hall
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
Green Rent A Car
Green Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.7 / 16 reviews
+35970070022
Hotel/Address In Downtown
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7 / 13 reviews
+35928169575
T2 - Sofia Airport
BT Rent A Car
BT Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.7 / 10 reviews
+359894442457 / +359897085880
Address: 1 Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540
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
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.6 / 6 reviews
+35929459217
Sofia International Airport
Lucky Rent A Car
Lucky Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.6 / 6 reviews
+359886166566
Address: 1 Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:59
Tue:09:00-17:59
Wed:09:00-17:59
Thu:09:00-17:59
Fri:09:00-17:59
Sat:09:00-17:59
Sun:09:00-17:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.6 / 3 reviews
+35929373594
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Outstanding 8.6 / 89 reviews
+359876717717
T1 - Sofia Airport, 1000, 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
National
National
Outstanding 8.5
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
Thrifty
Thrifty
Outstanding 8.4 / 2 reviews
+35924740181 / +35929459217
Sofia International Airport
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.4 / 1 reviews
+35929459266
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.3 / 1 reviews
+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
Dives Rent a car
Dives Rent a car
Outstanding 8.3 / 78 reviews
+359898446083
Bul. Bruxel 33
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
AUTOJET
AUTOJET
Outstanding 8.3 / 42 reviews
+359899050505
Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Outstanding 8.1 / 3 reviews
+359886526666
18 Nedelcho Bonchev Str. 1528
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.9
+359884816666
1, HRISTOFOR COLUMB BLVD.
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Surprice
Surprice
Great 7.7 / 197 reviews
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Sofia airport Bulgaria
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
ACARENT
ACARENT
Great 7.7 / 10 reviews
+359885625555 / +359426978634
18 Nedelcho Bonchev Str.
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
EasyRentBulgaria
EasyRentBulgaria
Great 7.3 / 82 reviews
+359899999179
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 6.6 / 19 reviews
+35970020225
Sofia International Airport, Terminal 1, 1517 Sofia
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