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DRIVING
  • The best way to explore Bulgaria is by car and many car hire companies offer chauffeur services, which are relatively inexpensive.
  • To drive in Bulgaria you can use your national license, if it is issued by a country - signatory to the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968).
  • To avoid unnecessary problems it is useful also to have an international license. Legalized translations may also be required and foreign nationals staying in Bulgaria for more than one year are required to exchange their driving license with a Bulgarian one.
  • Road signs follow international standards. Many of the major roads have been repaired or completely renewed, meeting all the EC standarts for international transit corridors. Fastened seat belts while driving are obligatory by law and police is strictly looking out for it.
TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
Travelling around the country, drivers should not exceed the following limitations in km. per hour:
  • Motor bikes
    - Intown limits: 50
    - Out-of town limits: 80
    - Hight way: 100
  • Cars
    - Intown limits: 50
    - Out-of town limits: 90
    - Hight way: 130
  • Trucks, buses
    - Intown limits: 50
    - Out-of town limits: 80
    - Hight way: 100
  • With a trailer
    - Intown limits: 50
    - Out-of town limits: 70
    - Hight way: 100
  • On-the-spot fines are in operation for speeding (between 50 - 100 leva), drink-driving (legal limit 0.5 percent per 1000 in the blood), not having the correct documents on you, etc. The police may well stop you without a reason to check your documents. (It is best to always remain calm and polite!) You can also be fined for refusing to show your documents, refusing to be tested for alchohol or allowing someone under the influence of alchohol or drugs to drive your car.
  • In the event of an accident, the traffic police - KAT should be called and a report filed. The process is lengthy but necessary for any insurance claims. (Check with your car hire company about formalities).
  • Auto accidents - tel. 165 ; KAT in Sofia - tel. (02) 866 50 60
  • In the event of a breakdown, there is a 24-hour Road Assistance service : tel. 146.
  • The central dispatch office in Sofia is open 24 hours a day and is located at 3 Pozitano Str., tel. (02) 980 33 08. English and German is spoken. Charges for towing range between 0.90 and 1.60 leva per km. Usual waiting time is between 20 and 40 minutes.
FRONTIER CHECKPOINTS
  • Bulgarian-Yugoslav border:
    - Kalotina: motorway E-6
    - Vrushka Chouka: Belgrad- Kulata-Sofia motorway
  • Bulgarian - Macedonian border:
    - Gyueshevo: Sofia, Kyustendil-Skopje motorway
  • Bulgarian-Greek border:
    - Kulata: motorway E-20
    - Novo Selo E80
  • Bulgarian-Turkish border:
    - Kapitan Andreevo: motorway E-5
    - Malko Turnovo: motorway E-95
  • Bulgarian-Romanian border
    - Rousse: motorway E-97
    - Vidin-Calafat: Vranshka Chuka-Kula motorway 14
    - Silistra: motorway
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