Visiting Bulgaria From the Netherlands For A Road Trip


Unlike the Netherlands, Bulgaria has high mountains and many mountain passes. Outside temperature can change quickly for a relatively short period when driving high up. Also, Bulgaria has a dry continental climate, and temperatures may drop quickly at the high planes in the winter during the night and when it is windy. If you are visiting Bulgaria from the Netherlands for a road trip, below you can find more information and suggestions.

How Can I Reach Bulgaria from the Netherlands?

Bulgaria is situated in South Europe. There is one classical way to reach Bulgaria from the Netherlands, and it travels South-East via Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Serbia and reaches Bulgaria from the North. You will enter the country through the Kalotina border crossing.

Differences Between Driving in the Netherlands and Bulgaria

You don’t need an International Driver’s License to drive in Bulgaria. You need to carry your Dutch driver’s license with you.

Bicycles are not the king of the road. Some bikers may drive more aggressively than others in the Netherlands. In the cities, you can see bikers driving opposite the traffic. This is against the rules, but still, some bikers will do it.

Yes, you can drive a bit faster in Bulgaria compared to the Netherlands. Check the speed limits. first, and do not speed. 5% faster is fast enough.

If you absolutely like to visit Bulgaria with a camper or a caravan, you can do so. It is fun and economical as well. If you are arriving with a caravan, please make sure you know the parking rules in Bulgaria. There are designated parking spaces for caravans in summer and winter resorts. Parking in non-designated areas is not fun and can harm nature too. Check our camping resource for more information.

We use winter tires in Bulgaria. Winter tires are mandatory between November 15 and March 1. A thread of a minimum of 4 mm is mandatory and enforced by law. It is recommended to have your winter tires if you plan to drive across mountain passes. Check the weather and road conditions in advance. If you are planning a visit in the winter, it is recommended that you make yourself familiar in advance with how to put on snow chains as well.

Roads in Southern Europe are usually dustier as the weather is dryer, and there are differences in the humus (turf) structure. Because of that, you may use more washing fluid. Make sure there is enough fluid in the water reservoir, and it may be a good idea to have a spare bottle in the trunk. You can always buy more from the petrol stations. Also, ensuring you have a proper non-freezing washer if you travel during the winter is essential.

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