Car hire in Romania
Car hire Romania
Situated on the western shores of the Black Sea, Romania is a country full of contrasts. There are dazzling mountain landscapes and medieval villages, but also cosmopolitan cities with rich cultural offerings for tourists, including the capital, Bucharest. This is a vastly underrated destination well worth a visit.
What I need to know
Romania car rental can be very expensive if you book through the airports upon landing, so it's a good idea to compare car hire before you go. Our dedicated site checks prices with more than 1,500 companies even in less common destinations, so you can be sure you get the best deal for your family.
Where to pick up my car
Romania has 12 international airports, with Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport (OTP) in Bucharest the busiest and most popular. You might also fly to Cluj Avram Iancu International (CLJ) in Cluj-Napoca or Traian Vuia International (TSR) in Timisoara. All are served by a number of car rental providers.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
This is the second-largest country in central Europe, so you'll be positively spoilt for places to go. There's Bran Castle in Transylvania, made famous by Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, the stunning Danube Delta, the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest and the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, to name but a few. It's worth hiring a car to explore, as many destinations are quite far apart.
Romania has a fairly modest road structure, but it's easy to get around by car. Speed limits are typically 100 km/h in rural areas and 50 km/h in towns and cities and you should beware of sudden braking to avoid animals in the mountains. Rentals and taxis can be very expensive, so having your own vehicle is advisable.
Romania is a fascinating country to discover by road, with the Transfagarasan and TransAplina thoroughfares over the Carpathian Mountains among the most popular and jaw-dropping tourist drives scenery-wise. You can also check out Transylvania's cities for history. In summer, the Black Sea coast is the ideal spot for sunbathing by day and clubbing by night.
Bucharest is a great place for a city break. It has the largest parliament building in the world, the Romanian Atheneum (home to the George Enescu Philharmonic) and a plethora of excellent restaurants and museums. It also has a hip, laidback atmosphere and some very bohemian drinking gardens.
Timisoara is a university city in western Romania, also known as the city of roses and parks. It has a great nightlife, but lots of churches and theatres too. Visit in spring for gorgeous displays of tulips in the many green spaces it has to offer.
Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvanian Brasov has some awesome scenery that's perfect for photo opportunities. You'll also find fascinating medieval history in the old town. However, that's not to say that it's reliant on the past - there's a bustling city vibe to be had here too.