Renting a car in Bulgaria is easy. Most big car rental chains are presented in the country, and some local ones provide competitive pricing and sometimes better flexibility and quality. We recommend you check all the options and then decide on choosing a rent-a-car service in Bulgaria.
Start Planning For Renting a Car in Bulgaria
Let’s start planning your car rental in Bulgaria by answering the following essential questions!
Do I need a car in the city, or to explore the country?
Exploring the cities does not require a car at all. In all the bigger cities, you will explore mostly the central parts, and it is much easier to take a walk. You will see more and learn more about the city by walking. In Sofia and Plovdiv, shared mobility services allow you to find and use a car with your mobile phone without visiting an office or a specific location to pick it up, such as SPARK. You need to register first, and it may take a day or two, so if you are to use the service – plan to for it in advance. We can recommend shared mobility services if you want to see more of the city and visit close to the city places. And it is fun to drive an electric car, after all!
Regarding the size of the car, it will be your choice entirely, depending on the seats you need and the luggage you carry around. No need to rent a 4×4 car or an SUV if you don’t specifically plan to drive in the high mountains or on slippery roads in the winter or if you like it. We recommend choosing a mid-size car to explore the country. A hatchback or kombi is most convenient.
Electric or petrol/diesel car rental in Bulgaria?
To explore the country we recommend you opt-in for a petrol or diesel engine car as it provides a more extended range and flexibility. Bulgaria has more than 3000 petrol stations and less than 600 e-charging stations.
We recommend using an electric car in and around the cities. Again, depending on your needs and driving style, you can choose from car-sharing services and classic rent-a-car services.
Do I need insurance, and what kind of insurance is optimal?
hen I visit a country from abroad, I always purchase additional insurance. Because driving and parking in the city can cause scratches on the car, it happens rarely, but still, for a hassle-free vacation experience, it is recommended – go for it! I always purchase the highest level of insurance when the incremental cost is not very high. Before purchasing this extra insurance, you may need to check if your credit card offers it already and in what conditions. Some companies may offer additional personal or health accident insurance. This may be too much, as you usually will already have these insurances from your country’s health insurance provider and your credit card.
What documents do I need to rent and drive a car in Bulgaria?
To rent a car in Bulgaria, you must have a passport and driver’s license of international standard. If you are under 21 years old and have less than three years of driving experience, you may need to pay some extra charge.
To drive a rental car in Bulgaria, you will need the following:
- your driver’s license (EU origin) or International Driver’s Permit/License/IDL (US)
- passport (if you are a Non-EU citizen), ID (if you are an EU citizen)
- car document; this may include two parts, one of the copies you should always carry with you and not leave in the car
- car insurance
- paperwork from the rental agency that you receive with the car
- your rent-a-car will already have an e-vignette activated, which will allow you to drive on all roads in the country; ask for confirmation if you feel an e-vignette is not included