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Car Hire at Sofia Airport

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Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Economy
VW Polo or comparable
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
£ 2.68 per day
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Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 3.08 per day
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Compact
Renault Symbol or comparable
Renault Symbol
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
CarRent
£ 5.21 per day
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Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
ABBYCAR
£ 6.41 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Economy Elite
Renault Clio V or comparable
Renault Clio V
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Top Rent A Car
£ 9.59 / per day
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Standard
VW Passat or comparable
VW Passat
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EasyRentBulgaria
£ 10.11 / per day
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Minivan
Chevrolet Orlando or comparable
Chevrolet Orlando
  • 7x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AUTOJET
£ 15.83 / per day
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Oversize
Peugeot Boxer or comparable
Peugeot Boxer
  • 3x
  • 7x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lion Rent A Car
£ 23.93 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 02:00 on 2021-03-01.

Travel Information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Dialing code
359
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Sofia Airport Car Hire

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.

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 £ 14 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 21 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 13 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 33 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 67 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 9 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 46 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 20 Destinations around Sofia Airport

  1. Car Hire at Sofia Hotel Balkan starting at £ 13.30 per day
    1.3 km / 0.8 miles away
  2. Car Hire at Sofia Airport Terminal 2 starting at £ 5.12 per day
    8.2 km / 5.1 miles away
  3. 23.5 km / 14.6 miles away
  4. 45.9 km / 28.5 miles away
  5. Car Hire Borovets Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 17.04 per day
    53.7 km / 33.3 miles away
  6. 77.0 km / 47.8 miles away
  7. 90.9 km / 56.5 miles away
  8. Car Hire Bansko Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 19.03 per day
    96.5 km / 60.0 miles away
  9. 99.4 km / 61.8 miles away
  10. 101.0 km / 62.8 miles away
  11. 125.7 km / 78.1 miles away
  12. 132.8 km / 82.5 miles away
  13. Car Hire Plovdiv Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 9.10 per day
    133.3 km / 82.8 miles away
  14. Car Hire at Plovdiv Airport starting at £ 6.98 per day
    144.8 km / 90.0 miles away
  15. Car Hire Pamporovo Delivery to Hotel starting at £ 15.81 per day
    162.8 km / 101.2 miles away
  16. 165.2 km / 102.7 miles away
  17. 168.7 km / 104.8 miles away
  18. 170.7 km / 106.1 miles away
  19. 193.2 km / 120.0 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
£ 12.46
January
£ 22.42
February
£ 11.69
March
£ 28.65
April
£ 23.27
May
£ 20.48
June
£ 31.81
July
£ 35.53
August
£ 15.89
September
£ 7.85
October
£ 9.25
November
£ 10.08
December
The cheapest month to hire a car at Sofia Airport is October with prices starting at £ 7.85 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 £ 35.53. 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
GreenMotion Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Top Rent A Car Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Autounion Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
MEX RENT A CAR VW Polo 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Skoda Fabia 3 1 Small cars
AddCar Skoda Octavia Combi 5 2 Station wagons

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.

Top 26 Hire Companies at Sofia Airport in 2021

Smart Rent A Car
Smart Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.7
+359885607760 / +359885717101
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 16 - £ 28
Lion Rent A Car
Lion Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.4
+35928921310 / +359878408142
1 Christopher Columbus, 1540 Sofia
£ 9 - £ 58
M Rent
M Rent
Remarkable 9.4
+359886944992 / +359895553040
1 Christopher Columbus
Budget
Budget
Remarkable 9.3
+359899700001
In terminal
£ 12 - £ 59
SIXT
SIXT
Remarkable 9.2
+35929459276
T1 - Sofia Airport
£ 8 - £ 87
National
National
Remarkable 9.2
+35929373594
Terminal 2, Hristofor Columb Boulevard, 1, 1000 Sofia
£ 8 - £ 19
Top Rent A Car
Top Rent A Car
Remarkable 9.2
+359887205813
Sofia Airport, 1 Hristofor Columb blvd., Sofia 1540
£ 8 - £ 46
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
CarRent
CarRent
Remarkable 9.1
+359888221600
1, Christopher Columbus blvd., 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 5 - £ 20
Easy Rent
Easy Rent
Outstanding 8.9
+359889983661
Delivery and collection services
£ 17 - £ 40
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.8
+35929373594
Sofia International Airport Terminal 2, Prodan Tarakchiev St, 1528 Sofia
£ 7 - £ 16
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.8
+35929373594
Terminal 2, 1000 Летище Sofia
£ 7 - £ 18
Dives Rent a car
Dives Rent a car
Outstanding 8.8
+359898446083
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540, Sofia
£ 14 - £ 47
Car 1
Car 1
Outstanding 8.7
+359886526666
1528, Nedelcho Bonchev 18, Bulgaria
£ 9 - £ 37
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6
+35929459266
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
£ 10 - £ 32
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
Surprice
Outstanding 8.5
+359883966366 / +359882721117
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1592 Sofia
£ 3 - £ 51
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
Outstanding 8.5
+359070091150
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
£ 9 - £ 27
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
Outstanding 8.5
+359887818191
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia
£ 6 - £ 48
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
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
+35929373594
Terminal 2 - Arrivals Hall
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 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
Outstanding 8.5
+359887503030
Hristofor Kolumb 1
£ 9 - £ 47
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.5
+35929459217 / +35929459960 / +35924740181
bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1540 Sofia
£ 9 - £ 84
AddCar
AddCar
Outstanding 8
+359893444343
bul. "Christopher Columbus" 1, 1540 Sofia, Bulgaria
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.7
+359876717717
T1 - Sofia Airport, 1000, Sofia
£ 3 - £ 25
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
NUCarrentals
Great 7.6
+35970020225
Sofia International Airport, Terminal 1, 1517 Sofia
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
359884797108 / 3172487251
Sofia Airport Complex
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Great 7
+359886526666 / +35970020225
1 Christophor Columb Boulevard, 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
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