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Driving to Bulgaria

neil40 Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-23-09 17:14

Driving to Bulgaria

We are driving there in August.Can anyone suggest best route and general tips on the journey?


Thanks.......Neil Smile
Bridget. Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-23-09 17:41

re: Driving to Bulgaria

Hi neil40, we are driving out 19th July. We are going Dunkirk-Szeged-Ruse-Elenite. Not gonna rush gonna go nice and steady and stop of @ places of interest. Pete really looking forward to it. We're taking a Ford Ranger luckily with A/C.

Bridget.

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botzko Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-23-09 17:56

re: Driving to Bulgaria

Did the trip 2 years ago. Wigan to Smolyan. Stayed over in Germany then non-stop to BG. It's basically one road from Germany to Romania. Careful in Romania though, the roads are terrible. Then ferry across the Danube into BG. Austria was cheapest for petrol. Border guard in hungary wanted green card but persuaded him otherwise. Not necessary in EU. Took us roughly 3 days actual driving. Hope this helps, happy motoring,

Botzko
arron Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-23-09 21:22

re: Driving to Bulgaria

How much did it cost roughly in tolls and fuel?

Arron
F.V. Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-23-09 21:27
John M Author:John M posts : 228   (Intermediate)Date : 06-23-09 22:24

re: Driving to Bulgaria

We have friends in Sunny Beach now who have driven over and they reckon that it will cost them the best part of 500 return
   james Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-24-09 01:41

re: Driving to Bulgaria

350 euros each way and 36 hours (more or less non stop) to sofia but via Germany Austria Vienna Beograd in serbia and the roads apart of the last 50 km to Bulgarian border a bit windier and the last 50km from Kalotina to Sofia with the usual pot holes just to get the taste of the general roads surface in Bulgaria.Via Romania is longer and not safe of start at the border at the crack of dawn and try without major stops.then gypsies encounters the closer you start to get to the BG border and ...
350 euros each way and 36 hours (more or less non stop) to sofia but via Germany Austria Vienna Beograd in serbia and the roads apart of the last 50 km to Bulgarian border a bit windier and the last 50km from Kalotina to Sofia with the usual pot holes just to get the taste of the general roads surface in Bulgaria.Via Romania is longer and not safe of start at the border at the crack of dawn and try without major stops.then gypsies encounters the closer you start to get to the BG border and a joke to cross the river danube with long queues and primitive surroundings.

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neil40 Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-24-09 09:54

re: Driving to Bulgaria

Thanks for help so far.Is'nt going through Serbia and Croatia a nightmare as it is not in EU?
leslielovric Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-24-09 10:02

re: Driving to Bulgaria

hello Neil came through Serbia no problems. Les. Very Happy
Andy Author: posts : 6   (Beginner)Date : 06-24-09 12:17

re: Driving to Bulgaria

We drove Manchester to Smolyan in Febuary 09 and back again in March 09.

The route We took was through France,Belgium, Germany,Austria, Hungary, Romania and into Bulgaria.

Vignettes are required for Austria, Hungary and Romania, Austria and Hungary can be bought as 1 Vignette, this cost about 20 EUR, Romania cost about 5 EUR. I experienced bad winter conditions which you won't encounter.

All of Europe was an easy and pleasant drive. Romania however was something else. Roads ...
We drove Manchester to Smolyan in Febuary 09 and back again in March 09.

The route We took was through France,Belgium, Germany,Austria, Hungary, Romania and into Bulgaria.

Vignettes are required for Austria, Hungary and Romania, Austria and Hungary can be bought as 1 Vignette, this cost about 20 EUR, Romania cost about 5 EUR. I experienced bad winter conditions which you won't encounter.

All of Europe was an easy and pleasant drive. Romania however was something else. Roads were terrible for the most part also because it was winter and at night, driving was extremely difficult. In summer though I imagine you would be able to make it through Romania in a day during daylight hours. The days are longer plus with light you may be able to drive a bit quicker. Not all the roads are terrible some are new but these are few and far between. During the daylight hours I did spend crossing Romania it looked very pleasant, like stepping back in time.

We crossed the Danube at Vidin which is fine except if you arrive at the wrong time you could be in for a long wait as the ferry goes when it is full. Had no problems at any border crossing including Romania. This cost approx 30EUR.


A Sat Nav is really a must but you may find that Romania and Bulgaria have no coverage, however there are very few main roads anyway in either country so it is quite easy to find your way.

In total I did 4800 miles and my car does about 30 MPG. I spent about 350 1 way on fuel. This really isn't a cheap way to travel when you add up fuel, Vignettes, Insurance, Breakdown Cover, Ferries etc. But I really would recommend it for the experience. I also made life more difficult by travelling in winter, if you were going to do it in Winter I would recommend a 4x4, in summer you would be fine in most vehicles, however care is needed travelling through Romania as some of the pot holes could rip your wheels (I am not kidding!)


I believe driving through Serbia is an easier route but my insurance wouldn't cover me.

Really just takes a bit of planning and common sense.

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