Your car and driving in Bulgaria:

Car insurance

Car insurance varies according to the engine capacity and the driver’s age and experience, on average you should be planning to spend in the region of 270 BGN. You might prefer to spread this cost over quarterly installments. Compare the market-leading insurance providers on the SDI.bg website.

Road tax or vignettes

One-off payment to access state highways and A-class roads. At present (2020) this is 97 BGN for 12 months.

Annual technical inspection

This annual car check is carried out by qualified service stations. It would set you back between 40 BGN and 50 BGN. On the day of the inspection, you need to bring along the car small and large coupons and evidence of vehicle tax paid.

First aid kit

Drivers in Bulgaria must carry first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and triangle in the boot of their car at all times. They can be purchased online for about 30 BGN.

Dial 112 for emergency services

Monthly fuel price tracker

Drivers in Bulgaria have a choice of petrol stations ranging from the Austrian owned “OMV” to the Russian owned “Lukoil”.

Price per litre in BGNJuly 2020Aug 2020Sep 2020
Petrol 951.711.791.80

Useful links

Read our guide “How to register a car”.