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Where to pick up your car
There are over 15 car hire locations in Bulgaria, and the most popular city is Sofia.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Bulgaria are Top Rent A Car, Alamo, Thrifty, Europcar and Yes Rent A Car.
Best time to hire a car
The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Bulgaria are January and November.
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Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts will nurture your soul while its ancient art and history will tend to your mind.
Bulgaria is the perfect place to feel the sand between your toes and the glow of warm sunshine on your skin. Relax alongside the crystal waters of the Black Sea and explore the diverse Bulgarian coastline by car. Here, you’ll find beaches that are undisturbed and undiscovered, and ones that pick up the pace come nightfall.
History buffs can immerse themselves in Bulgaria’s architectural splendour. Meanwhile, lovers of the outdoors cannot fail to be impressed with the untamed wilds; dip your toes in a sparkling glacial lake or even head on the trail of bears and lynx.
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Driving advice for Bulgaria
You must display a vignette in your window when driving on motorways. These are available at border crossings, some petrol stations and post offices. Rental cars in Bulgaria should already have a vignette – ask at the rental desk to make sure.
Away from motorways, road conditions in Bulgaria can be poor, so factor this into your driving time and plan accordingly. Be particularly aware that road signs are not consistently good – a map or GPS is essential.
All cars must be equipped with a first-aid kit, reflective vest and warning triangle. You must always drive with your headlights on low beam.
Children under 12 are not permitted to sit in the front passenger seat.
Sofia is the majestic and impressive capital of Bulgaria. Off the beaten track compared to the well-trodden Black Sea coast, Sofia is a jewel that must be seen. Here you will find a skyline of church domes including the gold crown of the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral as well as Ottoman mosques and an eclectic mix of monuments.
A small and compact city with a distinctly laid-back feel, visitors can easily see the central sights by foot, including impressive museums and galleries.
However, step away from the central hub and buzz of this cosmopolitan capital and you soon stumble upon enormous parks and well-tended gardens where you can amble and relax away some time. You’re also only a stone’s throw from the domineering Mount Vitosha.
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Points of interest in Bulgaria
Enjoy beach life with a dive in the sea, as well as getting to know the spectacular coastal roads. Don’t miss out on also exploring the gold-domed Cathedral.
Visit the original capital of Bulgaria and marvel at the scale of the Tsarevets Fortress. Uncover the ancient exterior before discovering quite a different world inside.
Plovdiv and Govedartsi
Spot the fields of blooming sunflowers, if you’re here in the summer, and the gently undulating landscape as you continue your drive. Wend your way up in to the staggering mountain views towards Govedartsi and marvel at the expanse of landscape you’ll see.
Continue your mountain adventure through Sapareva Banya until you reach Panichishte and enjoy the spectacular Rila National Park, not forgetting the infamous Rila Monastery.
Finish with a relaxing and unwinding city break at the gently paced capital, Sofia.