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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
AddCar
$5.10 / per day
Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
EasyRentBulgaria
$5.67 / per day
Sofia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio Grandtour or similar
Renault Clio Grandtour
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
EasyRentBulgaria
$6.48 / per day
Sofia, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up 3d or similar
Volkswagen Up 3d
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
M Rent
$7.55 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Sofia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
M Rent
$7.55 / per day
Sofia Airport Terminal 2 Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
M Rent
$7.57 / per day
Sofia, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
M Rent
$7.57 / per day
Sofia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
M Rent
$7.57 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Our Customers Reviews

March 14, 2019
Sofia is nice but not really spent much time in it. I travel up to Samakov and Borovets and these are amazing places.
September 19, 2018
Stayed in Bansko, in the mountains. Beautiful area, fabulous walks, reasonable prices. Sofia is a city beginning to find itself, not the prettiest place in the world but plenty to see and do surrounded by amazing countryside.
September 13, 2018
Buy a tomtom as Sofia is a big place and can be confusing. Stick to major car rental companies its worth the extra money. Make sure you pay parking ticket in Blue Zones in Sofia, they are mostly in the centre and not well marked.
September 12, 2018
Take the car from a garage, not from parking lot.
September 9, 2018
Sofia does have some interesting sights to see but can be very busy. It does provide a good base to visit nearby locations and attractions..
September 3, 2018
It is best not to have a car in Sofia, but car was needed in Burgas and the rest of Bulgaria.
September 1, 2018
Great place to trip to. Nice people and places to see
August 20, 2018
Sofia is a very beautiful city nice people and very good food regarding car parking use paid parking during days and at night blue zone are free
August 8, 2018
I enjoy the car and the service very much
August 3, 2018
Bulgaria is an amazing value for money country with lots of nature to explore, go there !

Travel information

Language
Bulgarian,
Turkish
Currency
BGN
Country code
+359
Average car rental length
7 days
Economy car rental price
$14.87 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Sofia?

Sofia is a great place for renting a car. Having your own wheels will not only let you to explore this sprawling city, but also to travel to its nearby nature areas, as well as prolong your travels by visiting Bulgaria's beaches and mountains.

Sofia Car Rental

Top ways to enter Sofia

  • Sofia Airport: Large, modern, and expanding, Sofia Airport provides flights to and from most European countries, as well as destinations in other nearby parts of the world.
  • Burgas Airport: Located on the Black Sea and especially busy during the summer months, Burgas Airport is just a few hours drive away from Sofia.
  • Varna Airport: Another beach destination, Varna and its well-connected airport is also just a relatively short drive east of Sofia.
  • By rail: If you're arriving in Sofia by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Sofia Railway Station.

Useful city facts

  • Sofia is located at the foothills of Vitosha mountain massif. Its peak reaches nearly 3000 meters (9842 ft) above sea level.
  • Sofia has a humid continental climate. The average temperature in January is -0.6 °C (31 °F), although colder temperatures are not uncommon and the city sees snow almost every year. Summers, on the other hand, are warm and can even be scorching hot during July and August.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Sofia Central Mineral Baths. First built during the Ottoman days, rebuilt numerous times, and in active use until as recently as 1980s, this beautiful complex of mineral baths and saunas is a unique landmark of Sofia.
  2. National Museum of History. This museum lets you experience Bulgaria's long and varied history, from its recent 20th Century past to ancient history when the land was settled by such different peoples as Thracians, Celts, Hellenes, and Romans. 
  3. St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. The largest Christian Orthodox church in Southeast Europe and one of the most prominent ones in the world, this cathedral is a place where you can appreciate beautiful architecture and learn more about Bulgaria's leading religious denomination.

Traffic and parking tips

  • 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 main population areas and nature 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 a hands-free system.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, 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 stamp or a highway vignette. The price of the stamp depends on the category (1 day, weekend, weekly, monthly, etc.) and on the type of car. You can purchase stamps online as well as in public selling points. Find out more on the official Bulgarian 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 a day-trip

  • Vitosha. Sofia is located at the foothills of the Vitosha mountain massif. Its peak reaches nearly 3000 meters (9842 ft), providing magnificent views of the city below. The mountain is part of a wider nature park that offers great hiking trails, and, if you're visiting in winter, you can also go skiing and snowboarding.
  • Rila Monastery. Just 90 minutes drive from Sofia, Rila Monastery is one of the most important religious centers of Bulgaria, and, indeed, the region. The nature areas around the monastery are also very much worth exploring.
  • Plovdiv. Bulgaria's second, Plovdiv is also considered by many to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Full of history and atmosphere, it offers everything from ruins of Roman buildings to regional museums and great cuisine.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car types in Bulgarie are standard, economy, and compact. The most popular rental car is the VW Polo, although travelers also love the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta.

Further destinations

  • Black Sea Coast. Perhaps Bulgaria's number one attraction, its Black Sea Coast is famous for resort towns like Burgas, Varna, and Sunny Beach. Visiting them is definitely recommended, but having your own ride will also let you find more private beaches up and down the coast.
  • Romania. Bulgaria's northern neighbor has plenty to offer to any traveler, from its eclectic capital Bucharest and cozy medieval cities like Brasov and Sibiu to majestic Carpathian mountains. Note that you'll have to cross a national border, so do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to make sure they permit it.
  • Northern Greece. Bordering Bulgaria, this region of Greece is famous for historic landmarks, wild nature areas, and the beautiful city of Thessaloniki. Note that you'll have to cross a national border, so do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to make sure they permit it.

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Sofia:

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sofia is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 47% cheaper than the yearly average and about 64% cheaper than renting a car in August.

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Sofia?

Car rental prices in Sofia vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Sofia
$20.78
January
$25.26
February
$23.21
March
$37.61
April
$22.94
May
$32.43
June
$43.82
July
$46.63
August
$42.30
September
$31.70
October
$31.70
November
$16.87
December
The best month to rent a car in Sofia is December (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.87). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $46.63 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Sofia?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 11 days, in October, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Sofia
11
January
9
February
8
March
8
April
10
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
6
October
8
November
8
December

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

While travelers visit Sofia year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is October.
Sofia Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
96%
January
94%
February
69%
March
72%
April
110%
May
118%
June
185%
July
165%
August
82%
September
57%
October
78%
November
73%
December

Top 3 Cities near Sofia

Burgas Car Rentals from $9.84 per day
336.4 km / 209.0 miles away
Varna Car Rentals from $9.84 per day
364.4 km / 226.5 miles away
Plovdiv Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
137.6 km / 85.5 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Sofia

7.2 km / 4.5 miles away
Sofia Airport Car Rentals from $5.10 per day
7.2 km / 4.5 miles away
Plovdiv Airport Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
144.6 km / 89.9 miles away
Burgas Airport Car Rentals from $9.84 per day
343.4 km / 213.4 miles away
Varna Airport Car Rentals from $9.84 per day
371.0 km / 230.5 miles away

Top 6 Best Sofia Suppliers in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+359-28169575
Sveta Nedelya Square 5
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
35929373594
POP GRUYU 96,
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
0035929373594
TERMINAL 2 - ARRIVALS HALL
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+35929459283
SOFIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Surprice
Surprice
Excellent 8.3
0035 988 836 6621 / 0035 988 272 1117
Bul. Christopher Columbus 1, 1592 Sofia
Nu Car Rentals
Nu Car Rentals
Very good 7.6
00359-7002-0225
18 Nedelcho Bonchev Str

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