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Driving Information Bulgaria


Driving Licence Requirements

To hire a car in Bulgaria, you need a valid and full national driver's licence. An International Driver's Licence is highly recommended for a car in Sofia.


Car Hire Age Requirements

Bulgaria car hire requirements state that you have to be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) to drive in Bulgaria and you need to have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may be subject to a young driver surcharge.

Driving Distances

  • Bourgas to Varna - 116kms (1hours/55mins)

  • Sunny Beach to Bourgas - 40kms (45mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Bulgaria driving information, laws, rules and regulations when driving in Bourgas and other places in Bulgaria:

  • Driving in Bulgaria is done on the right-hand side of the road.

  • Trams always have priority and pedestrians have the right of way in zebra crossings

  • Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Bulgaria.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents  at all times while driving.

  • Petrol stations in Bulgaria open from 6am to 10pm with some stations in major cities open 24 hours.


There are no tolls in Bulgaria.

Parking Information

On one-way streets, drivers have to park on the right. Blue Zone parking is in effect in many built-up areas and tickets must be displayed. When driving in more rural areas, it is acceptable to park off the road.

One-Way Car Hire

Domestic one-way car hires are free of charge with some restrictions. International one-way rentals may be available for an additional fee. If you plan to drive with a Bulgaria car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier

When hiring a car, it is important to take a look at the above Bulgaria driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Sofia car hire starting at ú8 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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