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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 Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Bourgas car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

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.

Volatility:

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

 

 

 

 


Changelog

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

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Bourgas ?

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Bulgaria

Sofia

Europe > Bulgaria > Sofia

See: Why hire a car in Sofia ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments


Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Sofia car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Sofia is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

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

Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.

Volatility:

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

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:8/10

Balance: 6

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

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting Sofia using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Sofia ?



Why not? Visiting Sofia without a car

Why don't you need a car in Sofia ?



Ratings: How does Sofia compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Sofia? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Sofia, 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 Sofia? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Sofia (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 Sofia? 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. 

See global comparisons

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 Sofia airport have a direct rail link?

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

 

 

 

 


Changelog

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

2017 - 4

2019 - 3

2021 - 6

Average score - 5

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Sofia ?

Categories
Bulgaria

Varna

Europe > Bulgaria > Varna

See: Why hire a car in Varna ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Varna car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Varna 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 Varna? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

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

8/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 4/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 3

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

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Varna using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Varna ?


Why not? Visiting Varna without a car

Why don't you need a car in Varna ?


Ratings: How does Varna compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Varna? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Varna, 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 Varna? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Varna (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 Varna? 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. 

See global comparisons

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 Varna airport have a direct rail link?

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

 

 

 

 


Changelog

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

2017 - 3

2019 - 4

2021 - 3

Average score - 3

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Varna ?