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Why Hertz

  • 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 Sofia

Sofia is an ideal city to explore by car with a great infrastructure of roads and driving facilities, enabling you to discover Bulgaria’s exciting capital comfortably at your own pace. To rent a car in Sofia, you’ll find Hertz rental branches at several convenient locales across the city.

Sofia’s main attractions include the splendidly ornate Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Archaeological Museum and Sofia Zoo, which is one of the best in Europe.

Driving and Parking in Sofia

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to hire a car in Sofia. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Sofia, take a look at our page about renting a car in Bulgaria.

If you rent a car in Sofia you’ll find that the central area of the city is divided up into Blue and Green zones for on-street parking. The Blue zone is for short-term street parking only and you’re allowed up to two hours. In the Green zone you can park for up to four hours at a stretch.

These rules do not apply at weekends, when free parking is the norm. One thing to look out for however is the occasional declaration of Saturday as being a working day, and then the weekday rules come into force. You can pay for on-street parking either by phone or by using a voucher for the pay-and-display scheme.

Pickup Locations Sofia

  • Sofia Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0900-2100

    Address: Sofia Airport,
    Terminal 2

    Phone: 359-2-945-9217

  • Nikola Vaptsarov Boulevard

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa 1000-1400, Su closed

    Address: 53 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd., Seat Showroom

    Phone: 359-2-439-1222

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Driving in and around Sofia

Key routes

The road system in Sofia comprises a ring round which completely encircles the city and from which other smaller roads spread into the centre and out into the suburbs and the surrounding districts. This well-organised system allows drivers to quickly get to where they want to be and eases congestion.

The M-30 used to circle the city but is now almost within its limits. The southern Ribera del rio Manzaranes section is the most congested part.

The Northern Speed Tangent connects the ring road with the Hemus motorway and is a controlled-access highway carrying transit traffic in the northern arc.

The eastern arc of the ring road connects the Hemus and Trakia motorways and is not signed as a motorway, so despite its three lanes the speed limit here is 90kph.

Major Highways

The Sofia Ring Road consists of four sections called arcs, one for each point of the compass. These all have three lanes for traffic and hard shoulders. Upgrades are ongoing, so expect to encounter roadworks at some point. When driving in Sofia and other parts of Bulgaria bear a few points in mind for safe travel:

• In Bulgaria you drive on the right and overtake on the left.
• Trams always have right of way whether they are approaching a junction from the left or right. For all other vehicles, the first to arrive has right of way.
• The speed limit for cars on motorways is 130kph, on main roads outside built-up area 90kph and inside built-up areas 50kph. There are speed cameras and traps, and on-the-spot fines by traffic police apply.
• Seat restraints for small children must conform to EU regulations for weight as well as age.
• Snow chains are sometimes compulsory depending on the severity of the weather, and when used the speed limit is 50kph. 
• Use of the horn is not permitted in built-up areas between 10.00pm and 6.00am.

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