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Why rent a car in Bucharest?

Bucharest is a beautiful city with a proud history that can be seen in its architecture. A Bucharest hire car will give you the opportunity to really take advantage of this stunning location and see local attractions such as Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, an open-air museum that gives a glimpse into traditional village life in Romania. There are also several museums and buildings with classic architecture to enjoy around the city.

How to get to and around Bucharest?

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport is Romania's busiest airport, and it's a little less than half an hour's drive away from the city centre. Ploiesti, just over an hour away with a Bucharest hire car, offers a wealth of museums and attractions, including Peles Castle, the former residence of Romania's King Charles I.

Hiring a car in Bucharest city centre

There are a number of city centre pick-up points for a Bucharest rental car, and you can also rent a car at the airport. If you want to find out about parking in Bucharest, check out Parking Bucharest, which gives some tips on parking and has an interactive map of car parks in the city.

What brands are available?

The following companies are available to offer car hire in Bucharest:

  • Right Cars
  • Green Motion
  • Alamo
  • NU
  • Sixt
  • Enterprise
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Bucharest

    If you're visiting Romania, it's advisable that you hire a car in Bucharest and take in the stunning natural scenery while stopping off in some of the historic cities around the country. Brasov, around two hours and 45 minutes' drive from Bucharest, offers stunning natural views and impressive ancient buildings. 14th century Bran Castle, which sits on top of a hill and presides over the local area, is said to be the inspiration for the legend of Count Dracula, as depicted in Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

    Slatina takes two hours and 20 minutes to reach with a Bucharest rental car. Located on the bank of the Olt river, Slatina has lots of museums to visit. In the heart of picturesque Transylvania, the city of Cluj-Napoca is worth the journey of six hours and 20 minutes in your Bucharest hire car. The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania has been there for more than 80 years, and offers a variety of cultural exhibits, and the National Museum of Transylvanian History features historical and archaeological displays from the local area.

    Tips and tricks for driving in Romania

    In Romania, you must drive on the right-hand side and overtake on the left, other than trams, which are to be overtaken on the right. Using your horn is prohibited in the centre of Bucharest and some other large cities. Speed limits are signposted, and can be as high as 130kmph (81mph) on motorways, and 50kmph (31mph) in town centres. The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt while the car is moving.

    Ready to plan your Bucharest city break?

    To start organising your trip to Bucharest and other parts of Romania, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

    FAQs for car hire in Bucharest

    What’s the best price car rental in Bucharest?

    In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £1 in Bucharest.

    What’s the average car rental price in Bucharest?

    On average, car rentals in Bucharest are £2.

    Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

    When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

    How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

    You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

    Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

    Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

    How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

    To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

    Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Bucharest?

    Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

    What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

    A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

    Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

    We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

    What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

    When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

    Where can I find car rentals in Bucharest?

    Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.