What you should know before hiring a car in Warsaw
Car hires in Warsaw: practical information
Where to rent a car in Warsaw
Planning a visit to Poland? Start by searching for cheap flights to Warsaw, the country’s buzzing capital city. While you’re comparing flight offers, don’t forget to also arrange a Warsaw car hire for your trip. You can pick up a rent car from Warsaw Airport, choosing from Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Express, Hertz, Panek and Sixt.
It’s also possible to rent a car from Warsaw city centre. Polish companies will almost always offer cheaper rates but may have fewer English-speaking staff members and options. Check out Gromada Rent at Hotel Gromada or Local Rent-A-Car.
Driving in Warsaw: parking and other tips
Warsaw’s streets aren’t as well maintained as in Western Europe so be wary of potholes as you’re driving. It would be wise to get some sort of insurance against damage on your rental car, even if you’re just driving around the city!
Parking on Warsaw’s streets is paid using coins at ticket machines. They’ll spit out a receipt that you’ll need to display on your dashboard. It’s ideal however to park your rental car in a guarded car park, for security reasons, or at your Warsaw hotel overnight.
Road trips from Warsaw: what to do, what to see
Just a short drive from Warsaw, you’ll never believe you’re still in the capital when you venture out to Kampinos Forest. This wild and beautiful forest is the green lung of the city and is the best place to go if the noise and chaos of the city gets to get a bit too much for you.
The birthplace of Frederic Chopin is a favourite day trip for many visitors spending their holidays in Warsaw. It’s just a 50 kilometre drive from Warsaw and features Chopin’s mansion where he composed many of his masterpieces. You can visit a museum dedicated to the pianist and composer in the annex of his family home.
Lublin is a beautiful medieval town with a preserved old town and is one of the biggest tourist towns in eastern Poland. Must-see sights include the castle of Lublin and the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Crown Tribunal built in the 1400s and Krakow Gate next to the Lublin History Museum.