What you should know before hiring a car in Bucharest
Car hires in Bucharest: practical information
Where to rent a car in Bucharest
On your way to the Romanian capital? Once you book your flights to Bucharest, take a look at the car hire deals from the airport. The car rental facilities are in the passageway between Arrivals and Departures. There you’ll find Avis, Autonom, Boca Autotrade, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Touring Rent A Car. Bucharest has some of the cheapest car hires in the entire country so you’re sure to get a deal!
If you don’t pick up your Bucharest rental car at the airport, try the city centre. Absolut Rent-a-car, Avis, Budget, C&V, Europcar and Hertz all have offices in the city centre.
Driving in Bucharest: parking and other tips
Driving in Bucharest isn’t too tricky and you’ll be surprised how cheap petrol is here, around €1 per litre! Just be aware that streets in the city centre can get very crowded during rush hour so it may be wise to avoid driving at these times.
Wondering where you can park in the city centre? Off Piaţa Victoriei and Piaţa Universităţii it will cost you about €0.30, which is payable to parking wardens in blue and yellow uniforms. In a lot of places in the city centre, you can just pull up and park next to the pavement. Just do as the locals do and you should be fine!
Road trips from Bucharest: what to do, what to see
Snagov is a small town just 20km north of Bucharest but it’s a favourite among the locals who want to escape the city on weekends. It has a big lake and lovely beaches, a small monastery on an island in the middle of the lake and most famous of all, the grave of Vlad III (know more popularly as Dracula!).
Romania has some incredible wilderness, so don’t spend your entire holiday cooped up in your Bucharest hotel. Get out and explore! Buşteni is a great trip to make with your rental car in the Prahova Valley. Take the gondola lift to see Omu mountain, known as the world’s natural-made Sphinx.
Sinaia is one of Romania’s most popular holiday resorts, in the Carpathian Mountains. King Charles I of Romania use to holiday here in the 19th century and built the beautiful Peles Castle. The region is also home to around 40 different species of orchids!