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(All of these pages will look a lot nicer when they are tidied up later in the spring)

Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Bourgas?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Bourgas?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Bourgas car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Bourgas with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Bourgas? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Bourgas, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Bulgarian coastal resorts that were developed during the communist era tended to have good public transport provision, and this still applies within the city of Bourgas today, and also in the other major Bulgarian Black Sea coastal resort of Varna. However, public transport here is still nothing like as prolific as it is in the capital Sofia.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Bourgas is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Bourgas? 

Yes. Amongst cheapest in world during off-season, still good value year round.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Bourgas between the peak and the off peak season?

8/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 5/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting Bourgas using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Bourgas ?

  • Modern Bulgarian tourist resorts tend to have spread out further along the coast, and although plenty of resort transfers and local bus services are still available, you might still prefer to get around in a hire car if you are staying at this sort of location.
  • Another real advantage of getting a rental car for your visit to Bourgas is that it might be useful for travelling inland, and seeing some of the scenic forested areas which make for a contrast to the busy coastal resorts.

Why not? Visiting Bourgas without a car

Why don't you need a car in Bourgas ?

  • There is still a reasonable network of buses in the city of Bourgas itself, with reasonable services in and around the resorts.
  • No car needed if you are mainly staying in the resort or just visiting beach locations.
  • Road safety is a major concern in Bulgaria, compared to other EU nations.

Ratings: How does Bourgas compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Bourgas? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Bourgas, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Bourgas? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Bourgas (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Bourgas? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Bourgas airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Bourgas car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 7

Average score - 7




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