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Why rent a car in Warsaw?

As Warsaw is in central Poland, there are many other recommended destinations you can reach with a Warsaw hire car. Berlin is only five and a half hours to the west, Prague, under seven hours and Vilnius in Lithuania a little over six hours.

How to get to and around Warsaw?

Flights to Warsaw arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport from where the city centre can be reached in 20 minutes with a Warsaw hire car.

Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Its old town was hit the hardest but so painstakingly reconstructed, it earned an inclusion into the Unesco World Heritage List. It now bustles with cafés, shops and restaurants. At the entrance of the old town stands the Royal Castle, which was the residence of Polish monarchs, and nearby St. John the Baptist Cathedral, deeply steeped in history. The last king of Poland was crowned and buried here. Don’t miss the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about Poland’s doomed rebellion against the Nazis in 1944.

Take a stroll round the 76-hectare Lazienki park and palace complex in the centre of Warsaw. It was built in the 17th century as a bathhouse and became King Stanislaw August Poniatowski’s private residence in the 18th century. Outdoor Chopin concerts take place there on Sunday afternoons from May till September. For a rare glimpse into pre-war Warsaw, visit Wilanów Palace, known as the ‘Polish Versailles’, seven miles south of the city centre (about 20 minutes by car). It is a splendid Baroque royal residence, one of the few places that survived the ravages of war.

What brands are available?

Some of the companies you can get a hire car in Warsaw

  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Green Motion
  • Hertz
  • Keddy by Europcar
  • Right Cars
  • Sixt
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Warsaw

    Hard but sobering is a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp 50 miles west of Krakow and a four-hour drive from Warsaw. In Krakow you’ll see the largest medieval square in Europe, Rynek Glówny. Also of interest might be Oskar Schindler’s Factory, now turned into a museum, depicting Jewish life in Krakow during the Nazi occupation.

    Lublin, two hours and 15 minutes away, is a great place for those interested in Jewish history. Before the war, it was a leading centre for Jewish scholars and dubbed the ‘Jewish Oxford’. The Majdanek State Museum is a memorial museum worth visiting for its historical value, but bear in mind it was also an extermination camp.

    Toruń, two and a half hours northwest from Warsaw, is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the oldest and most attractive cities in Poland. The medieval part of the city, with Gothic architecture, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and, unlike much of the rest of the country, survived the ravages of war. Classical music fans will want to visit the village of Żelazowa Wola, to see the house where Frederic Chopin was born.

    Tips and tricks for driving in Poland

    UK visitors can use their UK driving licence to drive in Poland. International driving licences are recognised but not required. The car theft rate is high, so always carry your licence, along with ID (passport) and insurance papers with you.

    Drive on the right; overtake on the left. Use of headlights is obligatory, even during the day. Refrain from using your horn – it’s illegal. Poland has a zero tolerance approach to drink-driving, so don’t be tempted by that shot of vodka before hitting the road.

    There are few motorways and double carriageways in Poland; if you can’t find one, use minor roads with the help of a GPS device, rather than drive though town with heavy traffic.

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