Car rental Sofia
Sofia is the capital, also the biggest city of Bulgaria and the 12th largest city in the European Union. It is located in western Bulgaria, at the foot of Mount Vitosha and approximately at the center of Balkan Peninsula. As the country's economic, cultural and educational center, it is also ranked as a beta-world city.
Traveling in your rental car through Sofia
Traveling by car rental in Sofia is a widely chosen means among tourists for its convenience and cheap car rental rates. The surrounding area of Sofia boasts plenty of attractions to explore. You can rent a car in Sofia and head south to Vitosha, a magnificent landmark mountain that presents a spectacular view on the city, suitable for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Or you can take an hour and a half drive in a rental car from Sofia to Rila Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bulgaria, situated in the grand Rila Massive. Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, is also worth visiting when traveling with car rental in Sofia. Lying around three hills in the Thracian plain, this historical center is a perfect place for a relaxing day trip. Apart from all the convenience of traveling with car rental in Sofia, you need to avoid the rush hours in the city center though, as the unavoidable traffic jam are quite heavy, especially the E79 route. It's advised to read through the driving rules in Bulgaria and pay special attention to this one: “public transportation vehicle should be on your left side and in front of your car”.
Blue zone parking areas in Sofia
Travelers by car rental in Sofia can park in Blue Zone pay parking. You can purchase the tickets from the people wearing bright green jackets in the parking lots. The parking rates are cheap compared to these in other European countries. There are also many guarded car parks in the city center where you can usually find space for your rental car, such as in front of the Hotel Sheraton, in front of TZUM shopping center, next to the Halite, behind the National Palace of Culture.
Cultural sights you must see when you rent a car in Sofia
Sofia has an staggeringly wide range of historical and cultural sights to charm its visitors: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, constructed in the late 19th century, one of the symbols of Bulgaria; The Church of St George, an Early Christian red brick rotunda, built as early as in the 4th century by the Romans, the oldest building in Sofia; Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church located on the outskirts of Sofia, an monument added to the UNESCO World Heritage List; National Historical Museum, possessing more than 650,000 artifacts, including ancient Thracian treasures, old armory and weaponry and medieval church plates.
Events & activities which you could visit with car rental
To name but a few events that represent the modern Sofia: Sofia International Film Festival, containing international features, shorts and documentaries, set to encourage innovative work and cooperation between local and international film makers; Sofia International Book Fair, inviting publishers to present their newest titles and hottest authors, also including seminars, exhibitions and presentations; Adventure & Extreme Expo, featuring the latest trends in biking, bungee jumping, mountain climbing and other exciting disciplines; Salon des Arts, the largest and most versatile cultural event in Bulgaria, including film screenings, art exhibitions, opera, ballet and theatrical performances.