USEFUL INFO

Map Bulgaria

Useful information about vignettes and highway tolls in Europe, when you travel with rent a car abroad.

General information:

­Population: 7977646
­Area: 110933 sq. km
­Language: Bulgarian
­Religion: Orthodox
­Summer temperatures: 26° to 30°C
­Winter temperatures: -5° to 5°C
­Time zone: GMT +2 (April – September +3)
­Capital – Sofia
­Currency – Lev(BGN)
­Exchange – 1 Euro / 1.95583 BGN

Location and territory

Bulgaria is located in South-Eastern Europe and occupies the North-eastern part of Balkan Peninsula. To the North, the country border on Romania via the Danube River, to the East it touches the Black sea, its southern neighbors are Turkey and Greece, and the West it borders on the Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Autorental Bulgaria do transfers from point to point at Balkans.

Exchange rates:

Information about exchange rates find here.

To drive in Bulgaria
You have to be at least 18 years old. You can use your national license, if it is issued by a country – signatory to the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968). To avoid unnecessary problems it is useful also to have an international driving license, especially for US citizens. Remember always carry your driver’s license with you when you drive. If a representative of the traffic police stops you, do not get out of the car and wait for the policeman to approach. You could be asked to present the vehicle’s documentation which consists in registration card, technical support card and third party liability policy.

Roads

Roads in Bulgaria are bumpy and sometimes hard to drive, when we talk about the countryside. So – drive slowly and carefully. In and around the bigger towns and cities roads are better and faster. Be careful on the motorways too – some of them are currently partially in repairs.
Speed limit

In the cities speed limit is 50km/h, outside city limits – 90km/h. On the high way 130km/h are allowed.

Fines

For violating speed restrictions you will be fined between 20 and 150 leva, which you could be asked to pay when leaving the country, at the customs. Remember – fasten your seat belts. Otherwise you could pay a fine of 40 leva.

Public transport

There is a well organized net  of public transport with trains, buses, trolleys, metro. The ticket cost 1.60 lv. in Sofia and you can buy it from the driver too.

Transfers to international airport Sofia

It is better to book a transfer to the international airport Sofia from a rent a car company, than use a taxi. It will be cheaper.  Sample destinations and prices for transfers in Bulgaria.

Car Parks

Be careful where you park your car – in cities you could not only be fined but your car could be taken away, which will cost you stress and money! You can park for up to 2 hours in the city center, in the designated blue zones. The fee for up to one hour parking is 1.00 lv. Some car parks are privately run and prices vary. More information about parking in Sofia with rent a car you will find here.

Petrol stations

The biggest petrol station chains in Bulgaria are OMV, Shell, Eko. In this petrol stations you pay cash or with a credit card.

Equipment

You should always check the emergency equipment of your car because there are some things required by law: emergency medical box, fire extinguisher, triangle, spare tire with rim, jack screw and lug wrench.

Emergency numbers

112 – First aid, Fire Department, Closest police department, Traffic police.

146 – Road assistant