A taxi in Sofia is usually easy to catch. These yellow canaries are literally flooding the streets.
Legitimate taxis are coloured yellow or even green these days and have an oval sticker on the windscreen and a square sticker indicating the rates in BGN and EUR on a side window. Charges are metered but make sure it is running. There is a law that a receipt should be issued from every taxi ride you take, although in practice it doesn’t happen always. The official charges are relatively cheap, charging the equivalent of 0.30-0.35 EUR per kilometer. The agreeing of flat rate fares beforehand is a common practice, even in licensed cabs, especially for destinations outside the city limits. A tip of a 10-15% is a common practice. Most taxis hang around at the big intersections. You can order them by phone, but don’t expect to get through to an English-speaker. The easiest way is to ask at the hotel to do it for you. Don’t be surprised if the driver doesn’t have a detailed knowledge of the city and asks you for directions. Hardly anyone speaks foreign languages. We recommend you to use the taxi services only of reputable companies in order to avoid overcharging and any kind of problems.
- Initial Charge: 0.60 – 0.70 lv. (0.30 – 0.35 EUR)
- Daytime rate per kilometer (6am – 10pm): 0.59 – 0.79 lv. (0.30 – 0.40 EUR per km)
- Nighttime rate per kilometer (10pm – 6am): 0.70 – 0.90 lv. (0.35 – 0.45 EUR per km)
(from 10:00 p.m. – to 6:00 a.m.)
- Waiting rate: 0.22 lv. per minute (0.11 EUR / min.)
- Call-out charge: 0.70 lv. (0.35 EUR)
A taxi company you should be OK with is: OK Supertrans (973 21 21), there are companies who also use the name OK with some variations in stead of “Supertrans”, so be careful especially at the airport and other big taxi stands. Supertrans is also the only company licensed to run from the airport. Your best option is to already in the airport or bus-station go to their desk and ask for a cab.
Rent a car
Car rental in Bulgaria is not cheap. In fact, this is one of the few things that cost more here than in most Western European countries. Cars can be hired by persons aged 21 years and above, on presentation of a passport and valid driving license (held for at least two years). A credit card number or cash deposit is requested as well as a valid insurance policy. The well known companies like Hertz, Avis, Sixt have their offices in Sofia. It is possible to hire out limousines for about for 40 EUR per hour (including driver).