If you are planning to travel to Bulgaria, a car hire in Sofia will be your best choice to see the capital city and the country. Thanks to its picturesque setting at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, Sofia is an interesting place to visit. It is the largest city in Bulgaria, its cultural and economic hub and home to numerous historic sites and Orthodox churches.
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There are roads in Sofia that experience a larger amount of traffic during the peak hours. These include: Tsarigradsko shose, Cherni Vrah, Bulgaria, Slivnitsa, and Todor Aleksandrov boulevards as well as the ring road. Therefore, if you are driving with your car hire in Sofia, avoid these streets during rush hour, if possible. If you are planning to go to the Black Sea, use the A1 motorway that connects Sofia with Burgas. Vignettes, toll-road stickers, are required on all roads in Bulgaria. There is a choice between the seven day, monthly and annual vignette and they are available at most petrol stations. Our driving information page will inform you on speed limits and traffic regulations in Bulgaria.
There are two parking zones in Sofia. The blue zone is in the very city centre, with only short stay parking allowed. The green zone is around the blue one. Parking information signs advise (also in English) of time restrictions as well as of the payment method.
Sofia occupies a central position on the Balkan Peninsula. The city lies in a valley surrounded by mountains from all sides. Several rivers flow through Bulgaria's capital city and there are numerous thermal and mineral springs. Due to the humid continental climate, Sofia enjoys hot sunny summers and winters are cold with a lot of snow. Spring and autumn are short and characterised by changeable weather.
Sofia Airport (SOF)
Sofia Airport, known as Letishte Sofiya or Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport, is the main airport in Bulgaria. It lies only 3 miles east from the city centre.
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Sofia has a vast public network system. The services include over 90 bus lines (including connections to the nearby villages) 15 tram lines, nine trolley lines and two underground lines, the Red, M1 and the Blue, M2. There is a unified ticketing system for all services. Public transportation operates from 5am to 12am. At night, taxis are the only means of transport available.