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  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a great country for driving. Hertz Car Rental has branches throughout the region, offering customers the chance to hire top quality vehicles and experience the comfort and convenience that renting a car in Bulgaria brings.

Bulgaria’s rich and varied natural landscapes include a long Black Sea coastline, mighty rivers like the Danube and a dramatically mountainous interior. Its mixed cultural heritage of Ottoman, Slavic, Greek and Persian influences is seen in the country’s colourful music and costumes, and cities like the capital Sofia are full of old-world charm.

Hertz has many car rental branches in Bulgaria at key locations around the country, including the bigger hotels, mainline train stations and airports, making it quick and easy to hire a car whenever you require one.

Rules and regulations for Driving in Bulgaria

Although Bulgaria’s speed limits are not as rigorously enforced as in some other European countries you will still need to adhere to regulations whilst driving here. You must for instance have a full and valid licence from your country of origin, and an International Driving Permit (IDP) if it does not have a photo included. You must also be at least 18 years old to rent a car in Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria it is permitted to use snow chains. Indeed, if conditions are especially poor it becomes compulsory to do so and international road signs will appear. The speed limit with snow chains is 50kph.

The roads in Bulgaria are in good condition. A few regulations to keep in mind when driving in the region:

• In Bulgaria you must drive only on the right and overtake on the left, and it is compulsory to have your headlights switched on even in the daytime.
• Some cities like Sofia have trams, and always have right of way.
• Police in Bulgaria can impose fines on the spot for any violations of the traffic regulations.
• In the towns and cities, you must only park on the left side of one-way streets.
• The fines for illegal parking can range from 200 to 2000 BGN. If your car is clamped you’ll have to pay 30 BGN to have it removed. If you’re towed away for obstruction the fine will be 60 BGN.

 

Driving in and around Bulgaria

Special attractions

If you’re in Bulgaria’s Black Sea region you should try to visit Varna to see the Retro Museum. This has a large collection of retro cars dating from 1944 to 1989, and many other exhibits relating to the Communist era here. With Bulgarian pop music from the 1970s playing in the background and a huge range of beautifully restored classic cars like Trabant, Wartburg, Chaika and of course Skoda to inspect you’ll be in automotive heaven. This museum is a real trip down memory lane to the recent past and what seems now like a different world.

If you’re on the lookout for a particularly scenic drive, Bulgaria has some of the best of them in Europe thanks to its dramatic and pristine landscapes of mountain, lake and forest. One of the best takes you through the Shipka Pass. The drive begins in the medieval town of Veliko Tamovo and heads south past the Dryanovo Monastery and through the pass. Shipka Pass is on the Stara Planina Mountain, 1300 metres up, and the views are stunning.

Quick Information:

• Minimum car rental age: Minimum car rental age is 25 years. Cars can be rented from 23 years on payment of a young driver surcharge of €4.80 (including tax) per day to a maximum of €36.00 (including tax) per rental.
• Average speed limits: the speed limit in Bulgaria is 50 km/h inside cities and populated areas, and 130 km/h on motorways.
• Parking: The parking meters in Bulgaria do not have disks, but tickets in Blue and Green Zones allow you to park for periods of 30 minutes or one hour at a time. Write your details on the ticket and display it on the dashboard.
• Required documents:
Renting a car and driving it in Bulgaria requires the following documents: A valid national driving licence that has been held 1 year.
- Non-European Union licenses also require you to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP without the licence is not acceptable.
- You will need to have your passport and also your credit card if you’re planning to pay by card.
- If you made the booking in advance, remember to bring the relevant documentation along too.

• Refuelling at petrol stations: Petrol stations in Bulgaria can be found mostly on main roads and in the towns. Some are open 24/7 but most operate between 6.00am and 9.30pm. You usually have to pay in cash although some like Shell accept card payments.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.