What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Bulgaria: practical information
Where to rent a car in Bulgaria
Let's go to the Balkans! Bulgaria is waiting for you right on the coast of the Black Sea. Whether you're looking for a beach holiday, ski trip or city escapes, Bulgaria is a great option for budget holidays. The easiest way to travel around is definitely with a rental car so pick up a Bulgarian car hire at the airport as soon as you arrive. Have a car will definitely open many more doors for discovering this incredible country. Choose your Bulgaria car hire from Avis, Europcar, Hertz and others.
You will find that all major cities have car hire companies located near the train stations at the airports. As with anywhere, always use a compare tool, like liligo.com, to check the prices. You'll find that local agencies will offer cheaper rates but it depends on when and where you book.
Driving in Bulgaria: parking and other tips
In terms of driving, it's good to know that the road conditions are not always the best. Expect some roads to be full of potholes or even unpaved in certain areas. In addition, road signs may not always be present so if you think you're not on the right track then don't hesitate to ask for directions. It's also helpful is you can ready the Cyrillic alphabet! As for speed limits: 50km/h within city limits, 90km/h on highways and 130km/h on major motorways.
Parking your Bulgarian rent car is not as straight forward as you would think, especially in Sofia when it can actually be quite complex. Many parking areas are restricted to residents. When you do find an appropriate location to park your car, make sure it is safe. Do not leave anything of value visible from the windows.
Road trips in Bulgaria: what to do, what to see
Locally known as the summer capital of Bulgaria, Varna is the best place to go if you're looking for a beach break. From Sofia, follow the Haemus Motorway (A2). There is no shortage of museums and aquariums to visit. We recommend: Naval Museum, the Dolphinarium and the Varna Aquarium. More than anything, visitors will spend their time on the coast, enjoying the sand and sea while on holidays in Bulgaria.
A visit to the capital city of Sofia is essential for any trip to Bulgaria. You can't say you've experienced this country without a visit to the capital. With hundreds of city sights, we suggest you narrow down your list to a few main ones: Nevsky Cathedral and the Russian church of St. Nikolay, Boyana Church and the National Gallery of Art… As one of the oldest cities in Europe, you can bet there is plenty to see by day and at night, Sofia's famous nightlife is not to be missed.
Bulgarians know Rousse as the small Vienna. The city centre is strikingly similar in terms of architecture to the Austrian capital… not something you'll find anywhere else in the Balkans. Major attractions include the Sexinginta Prista Roman Castle, the theatre, House of Caliopa and the Pantheon. Situated on the bank of the mighty Danube River, Rousse is also considered the most important financial and cultural centre in the country.