Bulgaria's road network is very comprehensive and offers a great way to travel around the country, even to the more remote parts. For the most part roads will be in good condition although in some rural areas roads might be in a state of disrepair. Traffic drives on the right-hand side and you must be 18 years old to drive in Bulgaria. Be extra cautious when driving at night as roads tend to not be lit. It recommended that you obtain an International Driving Permit if you plan on driving in Bulgaria. Seatbelts are required to be worn in the front seat and children under 12 years old must sit in the back seat. Exploring Bulgaria via rental car is a great way to see this country and all the sights it offers.
Traveling by Rail:
The rail network in Bulgaria is very extensive and covers just about the entire country. Train travel is very cheap compared to European standards but for good reason. A lot of trains are not climate controlled therefore inside temperature is weather dependent and can sometimes be very uncomfortable. There are two types of trains in Bulgaria, slow and express. Slow trains stop very frequently and are a little less expensive than the Express trains. Express trains get you there much faster and it is money worth spending if you are in any kind of hurry.
Traveling by Bus:
While buses tend to be a little more expensive than train travel, they can actually be a faster and more comfortable mode of transportation. Bus travel can be regional or connect you to several international destinations. Be warned though that Bulgarian bus drivers are not known for their patience on the road.
Traveling by Boat:
Internal travel by boat isn't much of an option for travel other than trips on the Danube River. A cruise on the Danube offers great ways to see Bulgaria as they usually make a few stops along the way. Ferries do run from the port towns on the Black Sea, servicing both local and international ports.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxi service is available in all major towns and cities. Most cabs will be metered unless they are a private company, so make sure that the meter is turned on before starting for your destination. Check the fee chart on the outside of the vehicle for the starting price to ensure that you are not ripped off. It is customary to leave a small tip for the driver.
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