Rules and Regulations
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- Seat belts must be worn by all occupants of the vehicle.
- Children under the age of 3 or less than 150cm tall must use the correct child seat
- Children over 150cm may travel without the child seat but in the back. If the child is over 3 and under 150cm they may sit in the back without restraints.
- Use of mobile phones whilst driving is forbidden unless you have a hands free set.
- The legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.05%.
- The usage of your car horn is prohibited at all times and in all areas. The horn can be used only in avoiding road accidents.
- In one-way streets, parking is only on the left
- Parking is arranged by purchasable tickets in Green and Blue Zones. The date and time must be written on the tickets.
- You are not allowed to wear dark sunglasses, high heels or flip flops whilst driving in Bulgaria.
- Eating and smoking at the wheel are forbidden.
- During the winter months (1st November – 1st March) drivers must have their headlights on at all times.
- Winter tyres are required when driving during the wintertime in Bulgaria. Snow chains are permitted. Their use can become compulsory according to road conditions, in which case this is indicated by the international road sign.
Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in Bulgaria.
Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs.
- 50km/h (30 mph) inside the city limits
- 90km/h (55mph) outside cities
- 130 km/h (80mph) on motorways unless indicated otherwise.
Things to Bring Along
It is compulsory to have the following equipment with you when driving in Bulgaria:
- Full UK driving licence
- All cars must carry a red warning triangle
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Reflective jacket
- Spare wheel
- Lifting tool (jack)
- Wheel wrench
A road tax applies for most motorways and 1st and 3rd class roads, outside the main town areas, marked vignette. Vignettes can be bought online as of 2019 as well as common places such as post offices.
There are no toll roads in Bulgaria.
Many speed cameras are installed on main routes across the country so make sure that you don’t break the speed limits.