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    Booking car hire in Bulgaria through Auto Europe is safe, reliable and easy using our online booking system. Compare the prices of major global car rental suppliers and find unbeatable low prices on car hire. Use our online system or call our friendly reservations staff to book today!

    Country Essentials

    Traffic in Bulgaria flows on the right side of the road and overtaking is done on the left.

    The speed limit in Bulgaria ranges between 50km in the cities and 120km per hour on highways.

    Trams have priority on the roads in Bulgaria and pedestrians have right of way at 'zebra stripped' crossings.

    Parking is permitted on the right-hand side of one-way streets. Blue Zone parking is in effect in many built-up areas on weekdays from 8:30am-6:30pm. Parking within designated Blue Zone areas requires you to purchase a ticket that averages from €1 an hour or pay the fee to a parking warden if they are present.

    Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. Children are not permitted to travel in the front seat unless they are over 12 years of age.

    Standard InclusionsCheap Rental Car

    Auto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection in Bulgarian car rental prices. The CDW and theft protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental. Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000 on your return to Australia. 

    Driving in Bulgaria

    A true gem of Eastern Europe, Bulgaria is a highly popular holiday destination for visitors from nearby countries, yet has managed to remain relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Stunning beaches, huge mountain ranges and loads of historic sites together make Bulgaria a country with plenty to offer visitors to the area.

    Most people arrive in Bulgaria by plane to Sofia, the capital city. There are many attractions here to get your holiday started and there are a few you shouldn't miss. Pick up your hire car at the airport or downtown, and head off to see the sights and get familiarised with the country. The National Historical Museum of Bulgaria is located in Sofia and houses exhibits on art, archaeology and the history of the nation, an excellent way to learn a little about how the country came to be the way it is.

    There are many seasonal attractions in Bulgaria, so your options will depend on what time of year you visit. During summer months, the beach resorts along the coast of the Black Sea are highly popular and packed with life and activity. Drive east of Sofia, and stay at one of the resorts scattered along the bays and beaches. Popular places to stay are Burgas, Nesebar and Varna, and at each of these, you can enjoy windsurfing, boating and swimming. With the tourists comes nightlife also, so be sure to check out the bars in the tourist areas.

    During winter the main attraction for visitors to Bulgaria is the mountains and ski resorts. Drive your rental car south from Sofia, towards the Pirin Mountains, a popular place for snow sports. On the way, be sure to stop at Rila, a small town which is home to a famous monastery.

    Aside from seasonal holiday attractions, there are plenty for things to see and do in Bulgaria regardless of what time of year you visit. If you head to the north-west corner of the country, you will arrive at the town of Vidin. Near the town, you will find Baba Vida, a medieval castle in excellent condition and definitely worth a visit. If you drive a little south of Vidin you will reach Belogradchik, home to the famous Belogradchik Rocks. Massive sandstone and limestone formations up to 200 metres in height line the area, and there is even a fortress built within them.

    Licence Requirements

    It is a requirement that visiting motorists carry their valid New Zealand drivers licence in addition to a valid International Driving Permit and the appropriate insurance documents. The minimum age for renting a car in Bulgaria is 20 years old and drivers must have held their licence for at least one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay a young driver fee and some suppliers also have a maximum age limit.

    Tolls and Freeways

    A Vignette toll sticker must be affixed to the windscreen of your hire car if you plan to travel on freeways and highways. This is this tolling system in Bulgaria and is taken seriously with fines issued to those who don't have a Vignette attached to their windshield properly.

    Fleet Guide

    Take a look at the large fleet selection we offer in Bulgaria. Browse different car models, manufacturers and luggage capacity to find the hire car best suited to you. Please note that not all cars are available from all supplier locations and the exact make or model cannot be guaranteed.

    Border Crossings

    All travel with your rental car from Bulgaria to surrounding countries is on a strict request basis only and must be pre-approved with the supplier. Some suppliers will allow travel outside of Bulgaria for an additional fee however the approved locations will be at their discretion. Domestic one-way rentals are available between selected locations and additional fees and minimum rental durations may apply. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.

    Useful Distances

    • Sofia to Burgas (385km approx. 3hr 30min)
    • Sofia to Pirin Mountains (150km approx. 2hr)
    • Burgas to Varna (130km approx. 2hr)
    • Burgas to Nessebar (35km approx. 35min)

    Car Hire in Bulgaria with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in Bulgaria with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

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