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Car hire at Sofia Airport

Car hire at Sofia Airport

Sofia Airport (SOF) is the main international airport of Bulgaria and is situated just 20 minutes' drive from the capital, Sofia, via the main ring road. It's the perfect place to land if you want to explore this popular part of Bulgaria and enjoy a fascinating holiday.

What I need to know

There are a number of big-name car rental brands that operate from Sofia Airport, so you should easily be able to find a vehicle to suit you. However, for maximum convenience and great prices, compare car hire using our dedicated site before you go. We don't charge credit card fees and have free cancellation for your peace of mind.

Where to pick up my car

The airport is divided into two terminal buildings and you'll find public amenities including ticket offices, tourist information, cafes and Sofia Airport car hire desks in Terminal 2. Everything is clearly signposted, so you shouldn't have any trouble picking up your vehicle.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Once you've got your car, you'll find Sofia Airport is really well situated when it comes to exploring this beautiful European country. You can check out bustling cities like Sofia, or go into the countryside to enjoy the rolling hills and many national parks it has to offer.

Nearby Sofia airport

Capital city Sofia is just over six km away from the airport and you'll probably be using it as your base if you're holidaying, as it's a fascinating metropolis boasting beautiful scenery as well as tourist hotspots. You could also head to the ski resorts of Vitosha and Borovets, both an hour's drive away, or the scenic towns of Bankya and German.

Longer drives

If you're keen to hit the open road in your Sofia Airport car rental vehicle, you'll find plenty of destinations on offer further afield. There are the Rila Mountains and their majestic monastery around 120 km away, or the large ski resort of Bankso a two-hour drive out of town. For an even longer trip, Sunny Beach is around five hours away.

Eating and drinking

There are plenty of places to eat near Sofia Airport, offering both traditional fare and more fashionable food. Bulgarian cuisine is famous for its rich salads, but you should also try the cold soup (tarator) and savoury pastry dish banitsa.

Things to do

Sofia offers plenty of things to do for tourists, including the Royal Palace (which houses the National Art Gallery) and the National Institute of Archaeology. If you've got little ones in tow, there's also the city zoo and Maxi Water World for a fun day out.


Whether you want photogenic monuments or stunning scenery, you'll be spoilt for choice in the area surrounding Sofia Airport. There's the Alexander Nevski Cathedral with its dazzling copper and gold-tipped domes, or the public mineral baths and springs in the city centre. Don't miss the yellow pavement in old Sofia either, which was a present to Tsar Ferdinand from Austria-Hungary in the early 20th century.