Speed limits in Bulgaria:

  •  Town-  50 km/h
  • Open Road-  90 km/h
  •  Motorway- 130 km/h


Most common situations:

  • Speeding
  • Driving without safe belt
  • Driving after using alcohol and/or other forbidden substances
  • Driving without the needed documents by law ( driving license, vehicle license, technical check, insurance paper-cover sheet, Vignette)

Driving without lights ( according to Bulgarian regulations drivers need to have their light on all the time)


Most of the roads are in good condition, in compliance with the European requirements,  but keep in mind that there are not few that require some extra attention ( not enough signs, not good road condition )


Make sure to park in the designated places cause otherwise you might get fined. There are two paid zones in Sofia called the ‘Blue’( the main center of the city- you can park up to 2 hours and it costs 2.00 BGN/h on certain days) and the ‘Green’  ( parking up to 4 hours allowed for the price of 1.00 BGN/h). Check carefully if you are in a paid parking area as you will be clamped if you fail to display parking vouchers.Vouchers (talon za parking in Bulgarian) are available from nearby shops. You can also pay by SMS if you have an account with a local GSM operator: send your registration number to the number 1302 for Blue Zone or 1303 for Green Zone. There are lots of private parking areas that have their own prices as well. The parking rate differs in other towns.
While leaving your car even if locked make sure not to leave the car documents in and preferably don’t leave any hand bags or other valuables in sight.

Gas stations

The main gas stations in Bulgaria are EKO Bulgaria, Shell, Petrol, LUKoil, Rompetrol, OMV.

Emergency number in Bulgaria- 112