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Driving in Bulgaria depends on where you are in the country. The driving conditions can vary widely from metropolitan cities like Sofia or Varna to the rural areas. Sudden lane changes and drivers overtaking you on the shoulder are a couple of the things to keep an eye out for.
To rent a car in Bulgaria, you must be over the age of 21. However, as in the US, travelers under the age of 25 who plan on renting a car will often be subjected to additional surcharges. If you’re a new driver, then take note that your license must have been valid for at least one year to rent a car in Bulgaria.
Make sure to budget appropriately for petrol when renting a vehicle in Bulgaria, as the petrol prices are almost twice what they are in the United States. The average price of petrol in the US sits at around 4.3 BGN (2.50 USD) per gallon, while a gallon of fuel in Bulgaria will cost you closer to the equivalent of around 8.5 BGN (4.85 USD).
Speed limits in Bulgaria are unique in that they are different for cars, buses and motorcycles. For cars, the speed limit in towns is 50 km/h (31 mph), the speed limit outside of town limits is 90 km/h (56 mph), the speed limit on expressways is 120 km/h (75 mph) and the speed limit on motorways is 140 km/h (87 mph).