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The highlights of Sofia centre are close together, but hiring a rental car gives you access to other parts of the city and the surrounding national park of Mount Vitosha. Rent a car in Sofia to fully explore the area, from the urban attractions to the great outdoors.
Whether you’re travelling for leisure, on business, or visiting family and friends, a hire car in Sofia will take you where you need to go with the minimum of fuss. You’ll find car rental outlets dotted around the city, as well as the usual big names at the airport.
One of the most popular excursions from Sofia is the village of Boyana, along with nearby Mount Vitosha nature park, where you can take advantage of the many hiking and biking trails. Head further afield to the Seven Rila Lakes region about 55 miles (90km) south of the city, where you’ll find stunning high-altitude glacial lakes connected by streams and waterfalls. Slightly further south is the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or take the 90-mile (145km) drive to Plovdiv – Bulgaria’s second city – with its old town, galleries and nightlife.
When booking a rental car in Sofia, remember that you’ll be driving on the right in Bulgaria, so give yourself time to adjust. Be aware that some roads have poor surfaces and are bumpy, though they are improving all the time – with improvements in infrastructure over recent years, car rental in Sofia is easier than ever before.