Bulgaria has now emerged from the period of domination by the Soviet Union following the Second World War and is now a modern democracy ready to play a full part in Europe. There has been much investment in tourism in Bulgaria, the Black sea resorts have become justifiably popular with visitors from the rest of Europe.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good in Bulgaria although currently it is difficult outside of Sofia and the Black sea resorts.
The speed limits in Bulgaria are:
On Motorways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 75 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour, that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Bulgaria even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle and a fire extinguisher as these must be carried in Bulgaria.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Bulgaria. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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