Varna Airport is around 10 km from downtown. Its flights are mostly seasonal, but it does have some year-round connections to other European cities. On arrival, you can head right to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car counter to get your vehicle.
What to do and see in Varna
As a port on the Black Sea, Varna is particularly popular in summer. Vacationers from across Bulgaria and beyond flock here for the good weather and great nightlife. If you want to spend your vacation hopping from beach to club, you're in luck - but there's a lot more to Varna than just that. Here, you'll find an exciting mix of natural and cultural things to see and do.
Many visitors head straight for the Archeological Museum, which contains a unique exhibit: the oldest gold treasure ever found in the world. The pieces on display here were recovered from a nearby Thracian necropolis and date back a whopping 6,500 years. The sheer amount of gold on display is incredible - one tomb alone had 1.5 kilos of the shiny stuff - but its age makes the exhibit all the more exciting.
As you walk around town, be sure to stop to admire Varna Cathedral. It is topped with enchanting copper domes that gleam in the sunlight. Built in a Russian-inspired style, it is filled with all the beautiful icons that you would expect from an Orthodox cathedral.
A more recent sight is the popular Retro Museum, which takes a look back at 20th-century Bulgaria. The main attraction here is the display of cars, including all the most popular vehicles from the days of the Iron Curtain. There's also a vast collection of memorabilia from everyday life, showing just how much Bulgaria has changed since the fall of communism.
Rent a car in Varna to explore the surrounding area. One of the best choices for a day out is Stone Forest, which is a unique and rather creepy sight. Here you can see an area full of stone columns, some as tall as seven meters. The stone columns cover around 13 square kilometers. As you get closer, you'll see that they are hollow. They are a natural geological formation, but scientists are still debating over exactly what caused them.
Another fascinating natural place that you can visit by rental car or van in Varna is the Wonderful Rocks. These enormous limestone needles, stretching 50 meters high, look like a natural fortress on the banks of the river. They're a real treat for amateur photographers - but they're even more exciting for rock climbers! If you're not keen on heights, you'll find lots of great hiking trails around the base of the Wonderful Rocks.
Driving in Varna
Varna is most popular in summer. At other times of the year, the roads aren't too congested, but in peak season, this tourist destination gets a lot busier. It may take you longer to find a parking space, particularly if you're heading to the beach. To avoid the rush, plan your trip carefully. You'll have an easier time if you go to the beaches from Monday to Friday, leaving the weekend to explore the city itself.
There are free parking lots close to Varna's main beaches. Try to arrive early, so you can leave your vehicle in the shade of a tree. The summer here can be very hot, and it's never a good idea to let your car bake in direct sunlight if you can help it.
In the city, there is a mixture of free and paid on-street parking. You can either pay using the parking meters, which only accept coins or pay via text. This second option can be a lot more convenient, but you'll need a Bulgarian phone number. Helpfully, you'll receive a message five minutes before your parking session runs out. Always be careful when parking in Varna. The Bulgarian authorities are known for towing illegally parked cars away very quickly, particularly in seaside towns during high season.
When driving in Bulgaria, you will need to keep your headlights on at all times of day, or you risk a fine. You will also need to have a toll pass (a vignette) sticker for your car if you are driving on roads outside the city. Gas stations will generally accept euros as well as the local currency, the lev, which is more convenient for some visitors.
There are no toll roads to worry about in Bulgaria, and it's generally best to stick to the highways, which are kept in fairly good condition. The back roads may be poorly maintained, and very large potholes are a common sight. Signs and lighting are also missing in a lot of places.
Varna sees some snow from December through March, with January being the snowiest month. While things are never as severe as in other parts of the country, you should still be prepared to drive in difficult conditions if you're visiting in winter. Take things slowly and pay close attention to weather reports. Roads will be closed quickly in the event of heavy snowfall. Finally, watch out for treacherous black ice on the roads outside the cities.
Car and van hire in Bulgaria with Enterprise
Enterprise Bulgaria offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.
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Car hire in Varna
If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.
Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.
Van hire in Varna
Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Varna, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.