Cheapest car hire in Bulgaria

Top tips when hiring a car in Bulgaria

  • Like much of mainland Europe, you drive on the right-hand side of the road in Bulgaria
  • You have to be at least 21 to rent a car in Bulgaria and under 25’s will pay a young driver surcharge
  • Budget Car Rental are the highest ranked car hire company in Bulgaria scoring 8.8 out of 10
  • The average waiting time at the car hire desk in Bulgaria is 16 minutes across all rental agents
  • One cultural tip is that Bulgarians - contrary to most nationalities - shake their head for ‘yes’ and nod for ‘no’.

Bulgaria car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Bulgaria

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    50km/h

    Urban speed Limit

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    90km/h

    Rural Speed Limit

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    120km/h

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    BGN  1.66/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    BGN

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 7.7/10)

Melody

UK

8/10
The guy in the

The guy in the rental office was very helpful and quite a character, he got me on my way quickly and the car was absolutely fine, no problems with it.

05/08/2019
Lester Rundle

 

8/10
No hassles, goo

No hassles, good car, good experience. A better model GPS would have helped make it even better.

21/07/2019
Yordan

UK

8/10
Went back home

Went back home to Varna to visit family, the hire car was quite useful.

14/03/2019

Compare car rental agents in Bulgaria

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Green motion
3
8.8/10
122
€ 8.54
€ 14.27
€ 16.04
 Top
40
8.7/10
5,022
€ 26.09
€ 23.92
€ 25.01
€ 26.09
 Europcar
5
8.5/10
102
€ 16.14
€ 19.28
€ 32.14
€ 34.57
 Thrifty
3
8.3/10
45
€ 8.55
€ 11.46
€ 14.96
€ 44.54
 Sixt
11
8.2/10
143
€ 21.59
€ 33.69
€ 57.47
€ 92.59
 Enterprise
3
7.9/10
72
€ 9.07
€ 12.44
€ 18.27
€ 47.62
 Interrent
3
7.3/10
21
€ 13.09
€ 15.71
€ 31.43
 Autojet
2
7.0/10
58
€ 9.07
€ 17.74
€ 20.40
€ 66.95
 Car rent
3
6.6/10
48
€ 10.95
€ 11.47
€ 16.04
€ 19.70
 Addcar
6
6.2/10
509
€ 6.93
€ 11.51
€ 22.63
 City rent
8
6.1/10
56
€ 24.12
€ 30.00
€ 68.27
 Yes
6
5.6/10
36
€ 33.43
€ 59.03
€ 69.59
 Mex
2
4.5/10
98
€ 4.76
€ 11.47
€ 14.16
€ 71.58

Car rental agent statistics in Bulgaria

  • 9.4/10
    Highest rated agent:
    TOP
  • 4.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    MEX
  • 6,332
    Total number of reviews in
    Bulgaria
  • 40
    Most Locations in Bulgaria:
    TOP
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 20
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Bulgaria

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Bulgaria

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2020 0.86 0.85
May , 2020 0.80 0.82
Apr , 2020 0.88 0.88
Mar , 2020 1.01 1.02
Feb , 2020 1.11 1.11
Jan , 2020 1.12 1.11
Dec , 2019 1.11 1.11
Nov , 2019 1.11 1.11
Oct , 2019 1.11 1.11
Sep , 2019 1.11 1.10
Aug , 2019 1.11 1.11
Jul , 2019 1.11 1.12

Car rental price statistics in Bulgaria

  • € 33.32
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 194.36
    Highest daily price:
    Audi A8
  • 1,516
    Total cars available
     
  • 103
    Most popular model:
    Renault Clio
  • 259
    Location with most cars:
    Sofia - Airport
  • € 4.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    MEX - Sofia - Airport - Terminal 2

FAQs about car hire in Bulgaria

How much does it cost to hire a car in Bulgaria?

Car hire in Bulgaria starts from just €4.80 per day for a (compact elite) class car from Mex. The average price to hire a car in Bulgaria is just €35.50 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Bulgaria is a Audi A8 car for a (premium) class from Addcar costing €194.40 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Bulgaria?

We often have special offers on car hire in Bulgaria including free additional drivers, for example, Addcar is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Sofia - Airport for €5.82 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Bulgaria?

Car hire prices in Bulgaria are kept low thanks to the 19 car hire companies across the country. With over 42 car hire locations and 16,314 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Bulgaria.

Who is the best car hire company in Bulgaria?

Based on over 6,332 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Bulgaria Is Top who score on average 8.7/10 across all locations in Bulgaria.

What is the most popular car hire location in Bulgaria?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Bulgaria is Sofia - Airport with 19 car hire companies and 259 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Bulgaria?

Current fuel prices in Bulgaria are €0.85/ltr for petrol and €0.86/ltr for diesel as of 29 June 2020, it’ll cost on average €34 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €34 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Bulgaria?

Speed limits in Bulgaria are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Bulgaria?

Mex is the cheapest car hire company in Bulgaria offering a (compact elite) class car such as the Volkswagen Golf for as little as €33.60 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Bulgaria?

The most popular car hire category in Bulgaria is the Renault Captur available from 5 car hire companies in over 42 locations.

Why rent a car in Bulgaria

It's less a case of why, rather why not as car hire in Bulgaria is cheap and very well represented at the major international airports and across the country. Familiar car hire companies such as Budget, Europcar and Hertz all have a rental offices across the country in addition to regional and local favourites like Top Rent a Car and AutoJet.

Public transport in Bulgaria is adequate in the major towns and cities, but for those looking to get out and about and see more that this diverse country has to offer, a rental car is a cost effective means of transport and certainly worthy of consideration.

Most popular locations to collect car hire in Bulgaria

Bulgaria Mini Guide

Bulgaria is located to the west of the Black Sea in the area of Eastern Europe known as the Balkans. It is bordered by Greece, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey and is close to the Turkish Straits. The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia which is a hub of cultural interest with many landmarks, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Bulgaria has four international airports at Sofia and the cities Varna, Plovdiv and Bourgas, while easyJet, SkyEurope and Wizzair are among the low cost airlines which have regular flights to Bulgaria. Bulgaria also offers some domestic flights within Bulgaria.

EU citizens and people from a number of other countries do not need visas to go to Bulgaria but you should check the requirements before planning your journey. Take a ferry from Italy to Greece and then drive through Serbia or Romania if you plan to get to Bulgaria by car.

Travelling from Greece you have to go from Thessaloniki towards Serres and then Promahonas. In Bulgaria you have to pay road tax at the border which is inexpensive and then you are given a special sticker to place on your car. However you also need to pay health insurance to the Bulgarian authorities. The total for road tax and health insurance for five days would be in the region of 10 Euros. Keep the receipt for this transaction. There are no tolls on Bulgarian roads.

A number of major European cities have train routes to Bulgaria including Istanbul, Moscow and Vienna. Renting a car is the best way to see Bulgaria and can be collected from train stations across the country for your convenience.

Should you rent a car in Bulgaria

Many areas of Bulgaria remain relatively untouched and unvisited by tourists, probably because public transport does not service these regions. With that in mind if you hire a car in Bulgaria you will have the opportunity to explore some of these areas and see much more that the country has to offer.

Travel at your own pace and enjoy the independence that car rental affords, available at refreshingly low prices.
 

Popular car hire destinations in Bulgaria

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Fuel Prices in Bulgaria

  • Price of petrol in Bulgaria in June

    € 0.85/Ltr

    ($ 1.04/Ltr | 1.66/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Bulgaria in June

    € 0.86/Ltr

    ($ 1.05/Ltr | 1.68/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Bulgaria in June

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 34.00  ($ 41.64) | € 34.40  ($ 42.13)
Compact € 34.00  ($ 41.64) | € 34.40  ($ 42.13)
Full Size € 42.50  ($ 52.04) | € 43.00  ($ 52.66)
SUV € 51.00  ($ 62.45) | € 51.60  ($ 63.19)
Carrier € 59.50  ($ 72.86) | € 60.20  ($ 73.72)

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