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Guide & Tips to driving in Bulgaria.

Driving in another country doesn't need to be complicated. Here's what you should know about driving in Bulgaria.


Q: What side do I drive on?


A: Bulgarians drive on the right and overtake from the left.


Q: What is the speed limit?


A: Speed limits vary but are generally limited to 50kmh in built-up areas and 90kmh outside these areas. The limit on motorways is between 130kmh and 140kmh depending on local signage.



Q: What is the drink-drive limit?


A: The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% and the law is strict. Anyone found to have a higher level faces an on-the-spot fine and confiscation of their driving licence or even prison.


Q: Who has right of way?


A: Vehicles coming from the right have priority at junctions. Drivers must always give way to trams and pedestrians have right of way on striped crossings.


Q: Do I need to wear a seatbelt in Bulgaria?


A: Yes - drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts in the front and back seats.


Q: Can I use my mobile phone while driving?


A: Using a handset while driving is forbidden


Q: Where can I get fuel?


A: There are petrol stations all over the country but those outside the main cities don’t always accept card payments so be sure to carry cash.


but hands-free sets are permitted.


Q: Where can I park?


A: Most towns and villages have some free parking - look for signs - while the rest will be payable either at a meter or via an app.


Q: What else should I know about driving in Bulgaria?


A: Headlights must be turned on day and night and dipped to avoid dazzling other drivers. Horns should not be used in built-up areas between 10am and 6pm other than to prevent an accident.

Got all that? Then it's time to book your Austria hire car.