Car Hire from Sofia Airport
Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia is also the largest city in the country and its most popular tourist destination. With ski resorts mountain ranges, beaches and plenty of historic monuments and buildings – there’s something for everyone. To enjoy the full range of outstanding attractions and sights when arriving at Sofia Airport car hire is recommended and Skyscanner can help you search for the best car hire deal available.
Where to hire a car at Sofia Airport
Car hire is widely available in both Terminal 1 and 2 in the area immediately after passing through customs control. Opening hours are 06:00-24:00 and out of hours drop-offs can be arranged if required.
If you are planning on enjoying Bulgaria’s skiing, it is recommended you hire a four wheel drive vehicle. Use of snow chains can become compulsory according to conditions on the roads and is indicated by the international road signage in the area. The speed limit when driving with snow chains is 50km/h.
Petrol Stations near Sofia Airport
If you select to have a ‘full to full’ fuel policy with your car hire, re-fuelling before returning is required to prevent additional charges.
The closest petrol station to Sofia Airport is OMV which is located on the junction of the E871 motorway directly outside the terminal building.
Driving around Sofia Airport
Sofia Airport is well located for many destinations in Bulgaria, with a well-developed road system that can become congested in areas around the city of Sofia.
When you leave Sofia Airport after hiring a car, you will join the Sofia ring road, the E80 north side and E79 south side. Most destinations are accessed via junctions on the E80/E79 ring road and clearly indicated.
Getting to your destination
There are a wide range of activities and attractions in Bulgaria. Here are some popular destinations that can be reached easily once you have hired your car at Sofia Airport.
The bustling, vibrant capital of Bulgaria is a thriving cosmopolitan city with a rich and colourful history. Ancient monuments, baroque architecture, museums, art galleries, fine-dining and traditional restaurants there’s always plenty to do in Sofia.
Sofia Airport is 11km, 15 minutes east from Sofia City centre and can be reached by joining the E80/E79 ring road directly outside the terminal building.
Parking in Sofia is operated in zones with more central parking areas having shorter time restrictions and cost more. In the central blue zone parking on streets in the pay zones is restricted to 2 hours and the outer red zone, 4 hours. If you wish to see the centre of Sofia it is recommended to park near the central bus and train station, open 24 hours at a cost of around €1.00/hr.
Bansko is Bulgaria’s largest ski resort and popular with families for its reasonably priced skiing. There is a good range of slopes to suit novices through to experienced skiers.
Bankso is 161km, 2 hours 30 minutes from Sofia Airport. To reach the slopes of Bansko, from the E80 north side ring road join the E871 motorway for 140km (2h) directly into Bansko.
Parking is widely available in Bansko although charges can vary considerably. It’s worth noting that snow is not always cleared from all roads in the town and chains are required. Local drivers generally use winter tyres not requiring chains. Road signs are not in English in many parts of Bansko.
Boyana Village & Church
Boyana village is Sofia’s most expensive area located on the outskirts of the capital. The central feature of the village is the 13th century Boyana Church, listed by UNESCO World Heritage.
Boyana village is 18.2km (25m) from Sofia Airport and can be reached by joining the E871 from the E80 ring road and following for 16km (20m) into the village of Boyana.
The village of Boyana is well served by parking, both free and private. Most of the hotels located there operate a parking service for non-guests.