By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Bourgas?

Do you need a car in Bourgas > Should you rent a car in Bourgas Bulgaria > Bourgas ( BOJ )

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.

Do you need a car in Bourgas? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Bourgas?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Bourgas?

Bourgas Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 442 - of which 129 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • 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? Why not? Ratings Comments

Bourgas public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around 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.


Car rental in - Bourgas Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bourgas?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Bourgas?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Bourgas?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Bourgas if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bourgas if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Bourgas if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Bourgas on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Do you need a car in Bourgas?  Verdict – yes

Would you hire a car in Bourgas?

Have you driven in Bourgas? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bourgas?
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