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.
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