Along with autumn have come a series of new parking regulations aimed at the dual purposes of reducing congestion in the center and filling the government coffers. The previous blue zone parking regime has been replaced by an enlarged, two tone system. In addition, paid permits are now required for center residents who wish to park on the street outside their homes.
The blue/green parking regime divides the center into two zones with different parking regulations and prices.
Blue Zone Parking Essentials
Blue zone parking costs 2 levs per hour and is limited to a two hour maximum duration, with the system in effect weekdays from 0800 to 1900 hours, and from 0800 to 1400 on Saturdays. Blue zone payment is made by sending an SMS of your license plate number to telephone #1302.
Green Zone Parking Essentials
Green zone parking costs 1 lev per hour and is limited to a four hour maximum duration, with the system in effect only on weekdays from 0800 to 1900 hours. Green zone parking is paid by sending an SMS of your license plate number to telephone #1303.
Additional Parking Regulations
A separate system of vignettes for residents may be purchased in advance for periods of one month or one year. First vehicle blue zone residential vignettes cost 15 levs and 150 levs for one month and annual stickers, respectively. First vehicle green zone stickers cost 10 levs and 100 levs. Additional vehicles pay higher prices, up to 650 levs per month.
The city offers a special regime for electric cars, which park for free as long as they bear the appropriate sticker, available from the municipality.
Handicapped parking is clearly marked and requires a special voucher obtained on the spot by showing the appropriate identification card to a parking control agent.
Sofia Blue and Green Zone Borders
The blue zone encompasses the area bordered by Boulevards Hristo Botev, Todor Aleksandrov, Knyaz Al. Dondukov, Vasil Levski, and Gen. M. Skobelev, inclusive.
The green zone includes the area surrounding the blue zone proscribed by Maria Luisa Boulevard, Belogradchik St., Veslets St., Klokotnitsa St., Budapest St., Kosloduiy St., Konstantin Stoilov St., Gen. Danail Nikolaev St., Bulgaria Blvd., Geshov Blvd., Han Presian St., Zdrave St., Slaveikov Blvd., Totleben Blvd., Skobelev Blvd, and Opalchenska St.
Call information line 0700 13 233
Urban Mobility Centre
17 Budapest Street Apt 3
Hotline: +359 (0)2 983 6782
Other useful telephone numbers:
Issuance of vignettes: +359 (0) 2 801 5256, +359 (0) 2 801 5257
For clamped vehicles: +359 (0) 2 980 4639, +359 (0) 887 344 634
For towed vehicles: +359 (0) 2 983 6747
For business parking permits: +359 (0) 2 986 7135
Manager of the Urban Mobility Centre: +359 (0) 2 983 6763, +359 (0) 2 986 3193