Car Hire at Sofia Airport

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Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 10.27 per day
Compact
Renault Megane or comparable
Renault Megane
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 17.59 per day
Economy
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
EasyRentBulgaria
£ 18.83 per day
Economy Elite
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Top Rent A Car
£ 31.24 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Green Rent A Car
£ 37.38 / per day
Oversize
Peugeot Boxer or comparable
Peugeot Boxer
  • 3
  • 7
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lion Rent A Car
£ 42.99 / per day
Full-size
Mahindra KUV 500 or comparable
Mahindra KUV 500
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
£ 52.28 / per day
Standard
Audi A4 or comparable
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
CarRent
£ 75.65 / 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 03:00 on 2022-07-25.

Travel Information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Dialing code
359
Budget car hire price
£ 26.29 / per day
Average car hire length
9 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
£ 1.34 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.51 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.16 / 1 liter
Sofia Airport

Airport Car Hire

An underrated destination, Bulgaria hasn’t yet reached the international tourism profile of its neighbours like Greece or Croatia. Even when travellers do visit the country, they usually go to Varna, Burgas, and the rest of the Black Sea coast. But those who give its inland capital, Sofia, a chance, discover an interesting, dynamic city with a fascinating history, an incredible culture, and beautiful nature all around it. Here are our top destinations in and around it:

  • History museums. Bordered by Greece and inhabited since prehistoric times, Bulgaria was home to some of the earliest civilizations in Europe. Peoples like the Thracians and Celts have inhabited it over different periods of time, leaving a lot of fascinating relics and artefacts. Later, the country was part of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. A lot of this heritage can be seen and experienced at Sofia’s different museums. The immense National History Museum is a standout, but history lovers will also appreciate the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Archaeology.
  • Art. Birthplace of the Cyrillic script, Bulgaria has been heavily influenced by the Eastern Orthodox church, with most Bulgarians still adhering to this branch of faith to this day. There are many beautiful Orthodox churches in Sofia, the most famous example being the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Located next door to it is the National Art Gallery, home to an impressive collection of Orthodox paintings and icons. Artworks of classical Bulgarian painters and other artists can be seen here as well. On a more recent note, Sofia is also home to the much-visited Museum of Socialist Art.
  • Vitosha. A mountain massif located right next to the capital, Vitosha is a favourite weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. With its highest peak reaching almost 2,300 meters (7,520 feet), Vitosha is a popular place with climbers and hikers and also has opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in winter. The range’s scenic trails take visitors through historic Bulgarian villages, protected nature, and also near Duhlata Cave, the longest in the country. Located less than an hour’s drive south of the city centre, Vitosha is a must-visit destination.
  • Plovdiv. The second city of Bulgaria is almost a two-hour drive southeast of the capital, but the relatively long drive is worth it. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe and often called the cultural capital, Plovdiv is home to ancient sites like the Roman Amphitheater, a well-preserved old town, and plenty of atmosphere.

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 hire car

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 63 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 87 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 63 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 246 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 168 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 42 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 110 per day

Car hire 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 petrol station

If one were to look for a petrol 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 hires

  • 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 information

Score
6.5
  • Getting to the airport 7.5
  • Check-in desks 7.5
  • Facilities and services 5.4
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.6
  • Dining and car hire services 4.6
  • Lounge 4.5

Sofia Airport (SOF)

  • IATA: SOF
  • ICAO: LBSF
  • Name: Sofia Airport (SOF)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Flights per year: 57,673
  • Passengers (per year): 6,490,096
  • Distance from the city centre: 6.2 miles / 10 km E of town
  • Phone: +359 (0) 29372211
  • Email: public@sofia-airport.bg

Top 18 Destinations around Sofia Airport

  1. Sofia Sveta Gora starting at £ 31.24 per day
  2. Sofia Delivery within city limits starting at £ 32.93 per day
    8.9 km / 5.5 miles away
  3. Pernik Delivery within city limits starting at £ 22.87 per day
    30.8 km / 19.1 miles away
  4. Botevgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 13.39 per day
    40.1 km / 24.9 miles away
  5. Borovets Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 56.07 per day
    48.3 km / 30.0 miles away
  6. Blagoevgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 16.64 per day
    77.4 km / 48.1 miles away
  7. Razlog Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.59 per day
    88.0 km / 54.7 miles away
  8. Pazardzhik Delivery within city limits starting at £ 12.84 per day
    92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
  9. Bansko Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 61.41 per day
    93.5 km / 58.1 miles away
  10. Dobrinishte Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.59 per day
    95.9 km / 59.6 miles away
  11. Asenovgrad Delivery within city limits starting at £ 11.54 per day
    124.1 km / 77.1 miles away
  12. Plovdiv Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 26.65 per day
    124.6 km / 77.4 miles away
  13. Pleven Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.59 per day
    127.3 km / 79.1 miles away
  14. Pamporovo Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 15.44 per day
    155.3 km / 96.5 miles away
  15. Gabrovo Delivery within city limits starting at £ 18.69 per day
    157.0 km / 97.5 miles away
  16. Smolyan Delivery within city limits starting at £ 17.39 per day
    161.4 km / 100.3 miles away
  17. Kazanluk Delivery within city limits starting at £ 17.39 per day
    162.0 km / 100.7 miles away
  18. Stara Zagora Delivery within city limits starting at £ 68.53 per day
    183.8 km / 114.2 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

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

Our data show how prices for hiring a car at Sofia Airport fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car at Sofia Airport
£ 12.17
January
£ 21.89
February
£ 11.42
March
£ 27.98
April
£ 22.72
May
£ 20.00
June
£ 31.06
July
£ 34.70
August
£ 15.52
September
£ 7.67
October
£ 9.03
November
£ 9.84
December
The cheapest month to hire a car at Sofia Airport is October with prices starting at £ 7.67 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 £ 34.70. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 19. 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’s the most popular hire length at Sofia Airport?

Hirers picking up a car at Sofia Airport keep them for an average of 12 days during in December, while those picking up their cars in October keep them for an average of 8.
Average Hire Length at Sofia Airport
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 month sees the highest demand for car hire at Sofia Airport?

Though Sofia Airport is popular for travellers all year long, the month with the highest demand for hire cars is in July. October is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
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 Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
CarRent Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Yes Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Yes Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car VW T-Roc 5 2 SUVs
Top Rent A Car Renault Clio 5 1 Small cars
CarRent Renault Megane 5 2 Medium cars

FAQ

How much will be blocked on my credit card?
The security deposit will be blocked on your credit card when you pick up the vehicle. The amount is different for each vehicle and supplier. You can see how much it will be in the Rental Conditions. Keep in mind that you can usually purchase additional coverage that will reduce or waive the deposit.
How many additional drivers can be added?
Generally, adding up to three additional drivers is possible, but this depends on the supplier. Check the Rental Conditions to make sure.
Can I pick up the car outside of office hours?
Yes, many suppliers at Sofia Airport offer service outside of their office hours for an additional fee. Simply search for a car using the time you would like to pick up the car to see what is available and the total costs including this fee.
Can you guarantee that the vehicle will be a 4x4?
Yes, if the vehicle is listed as a 4x4 you should receive a 4x4 vehicle, though not necessarily the same make and model.

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
VW Touran 5+2
5 January 2022
good experience
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
3 October 2021
Overall was ok , return instructions could have been bit better, guess would help if there's one more rental desk on T2, had to wait awhile for the shuttle between terminals...
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
10 May 2021
Take your time guys and don’t rush it
United Kingdom
Mahindra KUV 500
3 May 2021
we are reegular business travellers in Bulgaria and would highly recomended the couontry to others
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
16 February 2021
very nice no comment

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Top Rent A Car
9.15 / 10
Lowest rated company
NUCarrentals
6.62 / 10
Total number of reviews
27
Total rental companies
26
Average daily price
£ 26.29
Lowest daily price
£ 2.61
Total cars available
322

Top 26 Hire Companies at Sofia Airport in 2022

Top Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.2 / 41 reviews
+359887205813 / +35970089050
Sofia Airport, 1 Hristofor Columb blvd., Sofia 1540
£ 31 - £ 108
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 / 60 reviews
+35928922222 / +359878408142
1 Christopher Columbus, 1540 Sofia
£ 43 - £ 135
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 / 65 reviews
+359887818191 / +359889819181
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
£ 32 - £ 785
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 / 28 reviews
+359887503030
1 Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540
£ 22 - £ 154
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
Outstanding 8.8 / 79 reviews
+359888221600
1, Christopher Columbus Blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 43 - £ 116
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
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
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.7 / 22 reviews
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
£ 37 - £ 54
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7 / 13 reviews
+35928169575
T2 - Sofia Airport
£ 88 - £ 175
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Outstanding 8.7 / 78 reviews
+359876717717
T1 - Sofia Airport, 1000, Sofia
£ 10 - £ 74
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
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.6 / 6 reviews
+35929459217
Sofia International Airport
Green Rent A Car
Green Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.6 / 8 reviews
+35970070022
10 Ul."Prodan Tarahchiev", Sofia
£ 29 - £ 178
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
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.6 / 3 reviews
+35929373594
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
£ 40 - £ 59
National
National
Outstanding 8.5
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
£ 44 - £ 66
BT Rent A Car
BT Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.5 / 2 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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Outstanding 8.4
+35924740181 / +35929459217
Sofia International Airport
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.4 / 1 reviews
+35929459266
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
£ 87 - £ 174
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Dives Rent a car
Dives Rent a car
Outstanding 8.3 / 70 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
£ 36 - £ 223
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
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.3 / 1 reviews
+359070091150
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 140 - £ 140
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
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Outstanding 8.1 / 3 reviews
+359885625555 / +359886256666
"Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 56 - £ 158
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
Great 7.8 / 176 reviews
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Sofia airport Bulgaria
£ 22 - £ 93
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 / 9 reviews
+359886256666
Sofia International Airport - Terminal 1
£ 39 - £ 230
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
AddCar
AddCar
Great 7.6 / 78 reviews
+359889282222
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 18 - £ 286
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
EasyRentBulgaria
EasyRentBulgaria
Great 7.3 / 82 reviews
+359899999179
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
£ 19 - £ 490
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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