Car rental in Bulgaria

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Traveller’s life is hard without a vehicle. There are many places you can’t reach by bus because it will take you only to the nearest city, and you’ll need to continue your journey either on foot or by taxi.

Many places of interest can be reached only with connections, such as the protected Kamchia River, Cape Kaliakra, spectacular natural park near the village of Emen, Momin Skok Waterfall and more.

A hire car is the best and the most cost-efficient way to see everything you have planned.

Some famous sights, such as the Ropotamo River, the Aladzha Monastery, the Rila Monastery, and Pobiti Kamani, also known as the Stone Desert, can be visited only with guided tours that will cost you 2 to 3 times more than renting a car in Bulgaria. It’s not surprising that the car hire is so popular among travellers willing to see and truly experience the country.

What is a tour? You can’t stay longer at the place you like, you can’t go off-route to take beautiful pictures, nor can you sit at a cafe of your choice.

Car hire prices in Bulgaria

The average cost of a one-day car rental. The number is calculated based on the bookings of the previous three years. It takes into account the rental of cars across all classes.

14 €
11.67 €
22.5 €
22 €
23.56 €
27 €
39.11 €
35 €
25.22 €
13.3 €
7.63 €
20.4 €

Car hire at the airport

Sofia Airport is located 10km, or about a half-hour of driving, from the capital city Sofia. You can take bus number 384 or 84 to the city. But it's not the best option.

The bus will take you from the airport to the city centre, which means that taxi fare costs are inevitable. That is why the travellers arriving with large bags, children, and baby carriages prefer to arrange for a private transfer (that will cost around €35, depending on the distance to the hotel and time of the day) or rent a car.

It is more convenient and cost-efficient to have your rental car delivered right to the airport where the public parking spaces are located opposite the terminals and open 24/7.

Instead of tiresome travelling by bus or taxi, you'll get your hire car keys once you exit the terminal. 10 minutes to sign an agreement — and you enjoy the country's beauty.

The most popular cities for car hire in Bulgaria

Why it is better to rent a car in Bulgaria online

More cost-efficient

Online car booking is cheaper because you take your time to compare prices and choose the optimal comfort for the money.

​​​​​​​More reliable

Having your voucher on hand, you are entirely sure that you will have your vehicle and you know the rental cost. Then it's easier to plan the rest of your travel expenses.​​​​​​​

More comfortable

You don't lose your time going from company to company to rent a car. You can spend that time lying on the beach, sightseeing, shopping or just walking and visiting places of interest with your dear one.​​​​​​​

The demand for car rental services in Bulgaria

The occupancy rate of the car rental fleets by month. For example, most cars are being rented in August, which means that this month has the smallest amount of available vehicles. The higher the percentage of the car fleet workload, the earlier it is worth booking a car to choosing the best option at the best price.

28 %
23 %
33 %
34 %
55 %
67 %
81 %
93 %
56 %
14 %
9 %
21 %

Insurance in Bulgaria


The international auto insurance regulations are applicable in Bulgaria, as in any other European country. You can be offered:

  • Third-Party Liability Insurance (TPL) 
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) 
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) 

As a rule, car hire companies include TPL, toll-road pass, and unlimited mileage in the vehicle rental costs. CDW, child safety seat, and second driver are offered at an additional price.

Car hire in Bulgaria on our website

When booking a vehicle for your vacation, you should be very careful in choosing a car hire company. When you rent a car on our website:

  • You save time. The vehicle selection system in Bulgaria is very convenient for the visitors and provides all the necessary information, which is complete and relevant at the time of order. You don’t need to spend hours of your free time to find a proper car and book it. 
  • You save money. You know the exact order price before making an advance payment. There are no hidden costs or fees. 
  • You can rest assured in our support at any time during your trip. 

Car rental on our website is a good solution for those who look for comfort and fair price.

Features of traffic rules

Bulgarian traffic officers watch closely for the drivers who exceed the speed limits. The traffic police officer can confiscate driver's license even from a tourist renting a car in Bulgaria. But this is generally the case only with the totally blind drunk drivers behind the wheel.

If you follow the traffic regulation, you’ll not have any unpleasant contacts with the road police.


The paid parking lots can be identified in Bulgaria by a green or blue line on the road. There’s all the necessary information on the parking rates and time limits on the “P” sign under the word “ЦЕНИ”, which is Bulgarian for “PRICES”.

You can park your vehicle free of charge if there are no restrictive signs or paid parking signs.

Please follow the parking rules because 70% of fines are paid in Bulgaria for illegal parking.

Filling stations

There are many fuel stations in the country. They are conveniently located so you will not get stuck on the road with an empty tank. The fuel is of good quality. We recommend refuelling your hire car at large filling station networks.

Mobile service

We recommend travellers to buy a local SIM because roaming will cost way more. When choosing a SIM, tell the seller you need a prepaid card.
18.09.2023 14:02

What is your fuel policy?

Iryna (Localrent)
18.09.2023 17:20

Hello! Fuel policy: You must return your rental car with the same amount of fuel you picked it up with. If the amount of fuel is lower, you will pay the difference at the rates of the car rental company. If the amount of fuel is higher, you will not be compensated for the difference.

14.03.2023 19:31

Good evening! What is the minimum driver’s age to rent a car?

Iryna (Localrent)
15.03.2023 10:03

Hello! The minimum driver’s age is 22 years. The minimum driving experience is 2 years.

26.06.2022 05:59

Hello. Up to what age is a child safety seat required?

Iryna (Localrent)
26.06.2022 12:00

Hello! It is quired for children less than 135 cm tall, which means about up to 12 years of age.

Franklin M
19.03.2022 12:03

Can I change the drop-off time?

Iryna (Localrent)
19.03.2022 16:12

Hello! To change your booking details, please send an email to [email protected] with your voucher number in the subject line. In the body of your email, please explain which details you would like to change.