Car Hire at Sofia Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
There are many monasteries found around Sofia, and a few beautiful towns offering both natural and historical sites. Travellers who wish to truly make the most of their stay in Sofia are advised to rent a car for utmost comfort and convenience. Use Skyscanner to browse through the car rental companies available at Sofia Airport and up-to-date information on their latest rates. A tip: you can get the best deals by booking your rental vehicle as early as possible!
Where to hire a car at Sofia Airport
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Choice, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, and Thrifty, as well as several local operators. The service counters are located in both terminals 1 and 2.
What to expect when hiring a car from Sofia Airport
Petrol stations near the airport include OMV бензиностанция at Slatinska 13 and Botevgradsko Shosse 264, B Plyus at София, бул. Проф.Цв.Лазаров 4-8, and Eko Bulgaria at София, бул. Драган Цанков 36, ИНТЕРПРЕД, бл.А, ет.8, офис 800А. Any of these should be useful in case you need to fill the tank from the airport or on your way back.
To drive back to the airport from Orlov Most, the bridge at the centre of the city, head east towards Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard and follow the signs for Hristofor Columb Boulevard, then the signposts for the airport.
Driving around Sofia Airport
It can take a while to get used to driving in Bulgaria, but with enough practice, maps and GPS should be able to help. The license plates on rental cars should inform other drivers and the police that you are not a local and therefore not used to the driving in Sofia.
Traffic runs on the right side of the road, and overtaking is on the left. Turning right on a red light is not allowed. The roads in the country are generally in poor condition, so proceed with caution. This is especially true in the countryside, where the views are beautiful but the roads are not.
Getting to your destination
Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila
The Monastery, more commonly referred to as the Rila Monastery, is the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in the country. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monastery was founded in the 10th century. It is considered to be one of the most important cultural, historical, and architectural monuments in Bulgaria and is a major tourist attraction.
The monastery lies in the southwestern Rila Mountains, about 117 km south of Sofia. From Sofia Airport, drive south via Route 1, 181, or 82.
Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest and Europe's oldest continuously inhabited city. Situated in the large plain between the Rhodope Mountains and the Balkan Range, it is just an hour's drive away from Sofia. In old Plovdiv is a collection of Bulgarian revival buildings being used as hotels, museums, and restaurants. Other attractions include the Roman Ampitheater, St. Marina Church, and Plovdiv Jazz Nights International Festival.
Plovdiv is accessible from the airport via via Автомагистрала „Тракия“/A1/E80.
Veliko Turnovo is a city in the north of Bulgaria, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The city boasts of a rich history and contains many museums and historical sites. Veliko Turnovo also has a vibrant nightlife.
One of Routes 3, 4, or 6 can take you from Sofia Airport to Veliko Turnovo.