Sofia Airport Car Rental

Sofia Airport Basics…

Unlike many European airports, the Sofia Airport has been growing steadily in terms of overall passenger traffic since its inception decades ago.  When other airports’ passenger count was dropping off in 2008, the Sofia topped 3 million passengers and seemingly, there is no end in sight.

The airport consists of two separate terminals.  T1 is the smaller and older of the two, and T2 is fairly new (2006) and larger as well.  The terminals are totally different in terms of the style that they present; the older, T1 with Bulgarian finishes, and the T2 with a more modern look.  The newly constructed T2 was built with a multi-story car park and other features that some of the airports are now being built with.


Sofia Car Rental Agents - Terminal 1

Sofia Airport Car Rental…

Because of the size discrepancies of the two terminals, you would expect Terminal 2 to have more options – and it does.  The first terminal offers services from Choice, Europcar, Sixt and Thrifty.  The second terminal offers services from those above, but adds Budget, Hertz, National and Avis as well.  Use our booking engine above to determine exactly what is available – at what cost.

Location of Rental Car Agents (and Cars) at the Sofia Airport... 

The agents are situated within the terminal and can be found pretty easily.  You will see them in their standard spot – not far from the baggage claim area and the entrance exit.

Once you get your keys from the agent, you will be directed to find your car.  At the Terminal 1 you will find the vehicles parked right outside the terminal.  To find your rental at the Terminal 2, you will walk out of the terminal and into the 4-story parking garage.  To get there, you be able to take a passageway and elevators to get the parking areas.  Once you find your rental, we typically recommend that you take a couple of pictures of the vehicle – paying special attention to any scratches or dings that may exist on the vehicle.


Sofia Airport Car Rental Desks - T2

Sofia Airport to Sofia Directions…

Coming out of either terminal area is fairly easy – and both terminal access roads lead to the same road that runs in front of both.  If you’re renting a car out of T1, you will simply drive out of the terminal area and travel straight thru the first stoplight.  If you’re coming out of T2, you’ll turn right out of the airport area, and then left at the first stoplight. 

Once you get on the split highway traveling south, you will drive about 3.3 km until you ramp towards the city center (signs will say Centrum – if you can see them, they are old and somewhat hidden).  After the ramp you will drive about 5.3 km right into the heart of Sofia.  
 
 
Sofia Airport Car Rental Return…

To get back to the airport, we simply recommend reversing the directions above.  The drive is fairly simply, with the exception of poor signage.  Use your GPS (if you picked up one when booking the car, which we wholeheartedly recommend).

Gas Stations Near the Sofia Airport...

Once you get close to the Sofia Airport, you will probably want to re-fuel the rental car tank.  To do so, we generally recommend that you make a stop pretty close to the airport.  Once such gas station can be found right at the stoplight intersection at the entrance/exit to Terminal 1.  The problem is that it sits on the opposite side of the median (the southbound lanes).  So to get to it, you’ll probably have to circle around near the intersection to get in there.  There probably isn’t a lot of congestion at this intersection, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to do.  Once you re-fuel, simply travel back to the exact place that you picked up the rental originally. 

Hotels near the Sofia Airport…

There isn’t anything that we know of that is right at the airport.  But there is a recently-opened Novotel - a Sofia Airport Hotel that sits fairly close.  In fact, looking at the directions above, you’ll notice that first 3.3 km leg of the trip.  Right at the ramp, you will see the tall Novotel. 

The hotel ranks as a 4-star hotel and boasts free Wi-Fi and a pretty strong restaurant.  There is shuttle service to and from the airport, just in case you didn’t rent the vehicle at the airport. 

Other Car Rental Options in Sofia…

There are several other rental car locations in downtown Sofia.  These include one at the Nikola Y. Vaptsarov road and a location on the James Bouchier Boulevard as well.  Use our booking engine above to determine other location in the city of Sofia.
 
Source: Sofia Airport

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