Car Hire in Sofia

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Sofia Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
£ 7.31 / per day
Sofia Airport
Economy
Skoda Fabia or comparable
Skoda Fabia
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 7.82 / per day
Sofia Airport
Economy Elite
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
Top Rent A Car
£ 10.41 / per day
Sofia Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
£ 11.85 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Sofia Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or comparable
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • Auto.
Low Cost Cars
£ 13.61 / per day
Sofia Airport
Full-size SUV
Toyota C-HR or comparable
Toyota C-HR
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Green Rent A Car
£ 23.17 / per day
Sofia Airport
Standard
Skoda Octavia or comparable
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
CarRent
£ 30.51 / per day
Sofia Airport
Premium
BMW 3 Series or comparable
BMW 3 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
AddCar
£ 55.33 / 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 07:36 on 2024-06-18.

Travel Information

Languages
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Turkish, Albanian
Currency
BGN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+359
Average car hire price
£ 20 per day
Average car hire length
9 days
Speed limit within city centre
20 - 50 km/h or 12 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.17 per litre or £ 4.44 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.08 per litre or £ 4.09 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.30 per litre or £ 4.91 / 1 gallon

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 £ 10.31 per day
  • From Sofia to Varna - 386 offers from £ 11.56 per day
  • From Sofia to Bucharest - 15 offers from £ 28.26 per day
  • From Sofia to Sarajevo - 21 offers from £ 41.11 per day
  • From Sofia to Zagreb - 36 offers from £ 44.36 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 sights 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 day trips

  • 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 £ 15 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 14 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 12 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 16 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 55 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 7 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 11 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.
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In which month is car hire in Sofia the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Sofia fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Sofia
£ 9.50
January
£ 13.37
February
£ 11.66
March
£ 12.32
April
£ 14.70
May
£ 21.12
June
£ 34.44
July
£ 34.08
August
£ 17.55
September
£ 10.45
October
£ 8.63
November
£ 17.64
December
The best month to hire a car in Sofia is November (when the average price is £ 8.63 per day). This is 50% less than the yearly average and 75% less than hiring in July (when the average price is £ 34.44).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

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

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

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

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Sofia is July, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Hire in Sofia by Monthly Searches
63%
January
80%
February
76%
March
64%
April
92%
May
130%
June
174%
July
173%
August
121%
September
102%
October
53%
November
73%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 6
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Top Rent A Car, CarRent, Low Cost Cars, Fly Rent A Car, Green Rent A Car
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price £ 7 per day
Cheapest supplier Surprice

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Low Cost Cars Dacia Sandero 5 1 Small cars
Fly Rent A Car Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Hyundai i20 5 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Low Cost Cars Renault Clio Grandtour 5 2 Station wagons
Autounion Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Fly Rent A Car Volkswagen Golf 5 3 Medium cars
Green Rent A Car Toyota Aygo X 5 2 SUVs
Green Rent A Car Toyota Yaris Cross 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

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Dacia Sandero
19 May 2024
Beautiful country.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris Cross
8 November 2023
Visiting family..
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
11 October 2023
Beautiful historic country
United Kingdom
Dacia Sandero
16 February 2023
Skiing, catching up with friends. Ability to have freedom that comes from having a car rather than taxis
United Kingdom
Peugeot 5008 5+2
28 October 2022
Bulgaria is a very scenic and picturesque place to visit and not expensive
United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
15 September 2022
Bourgas great.Rila mountains fantastic.we loved every minute.
United Kingdom
Renault Megane Grandtour
23 March 2022
Bulgaria is fabulous to explore and easy to navigate.
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
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Lucky Rent A Car
9.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
NUCarrentals
5.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
88
Total rental companies
29
Average daily price
£ 20.00
Lowest daily price
£ 7.31
Total cars available
812

Top 29 Suppliers in Sofia in 2024

Lucky Rent A Car
Lucky Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.5 / 39 reviews
2 locations
£ 24 - £ 53
Lion Rent A Car
Lion Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.2 / 158 reviews
2 locations
£ 30 - £ 84
Green Rent A Car
Green Rent A Car
Very good 8.9 / 83 reviews
3 locations
£ 11 - £ 96
Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Very good 8.7 / 428 reviews
4 locations
£ 10 - £ 86
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.7 / 14 reviews
2 locations
£ 22 - £ 29
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.6 / 13 reviews
2 locations
£ 25 - £ 48
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.5 / 52 reviews
1 location
£ 13 - £ 64
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 31 reviews
3 locations
£ 22 - £ 126
CarRent
CarRent
Very good 8.3 / 316 reviews
1 location
£ 31 - £ 61
Low Cost Cars
Low Cost Cars
Very good 8.3 / 106 reviews
4 locations
£ 14 - £ 44
Sky Rent A Car
Sky Rent A Car
Very good 8.2
2 locations
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 6 reviews
1 location
£ 15 - £ 102
Budget
Budget
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
1 location
£ 51
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7.9 / 154 reviews
2 locations
£ 14 - £ 205
Dives Rent a car
Dives Rent a car
Good 7.9 / 122 reviews
2 locations
£ 24 - £ 77
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7 / 5 reviews
3 locations
£ 34 - £ 149
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
£ 36 - £ 98
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
£ 22 - £ 108
WheeGo
WheeGo
Good 7.7
1 location
£ 11 - £ 103
Drive Rent A Car Bulgaria
Drive Rent A Car Bulgaria
Good 7.6 / 10 reviews
1 location
£ 120 - £ 156
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.5 / 1 review
2 locations
£ 24 - £ 50
EXER
EXER
Good 7.4 / 4 reviews
1 location
£ 14
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7 / 151 reviews
2 locations
£ 8 - £ 54
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Satisfactory 6.7 / 11 reviews
2 locations
£ 48 - £ 75
Surprice
Surprice
Satisfactory 6.5 / 246 reviews
1 location
£ 7 - £ 65
AddCar
AddCar
Satisfactory 6.5 / 87 reviews
1 location
£ 11 - £ 151
ACARENT
ACARENT
Satisfactory 6.1 / 11 reviews
2 locations
£ 18 - £ 42
EasyRentBulgaria
EasyRentBulgaria
Poor 5.5 / 157 reviews
1 location
£ 24 - £ 402
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Poor 5.2 / 39 reviews
1 location
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