Romania Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Romania –
Road conditions are generally okay in cities but variable in rural areas and smaller roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor and you are likely to encounter slow moving and badly maintained vehicles, especially in the countryside . Beware of other drivers suddenly braking to avoid a pothole or swerving onto your side of the road. There are a lot of stray dogs in Romania, particularly in Bucharest and these can be a hazard as they’re likely to, run in front of cars. In rural areas dogs have a tendency to chase cars, and snap at their tyres. Keep driving if this happens, even if you can’t see the dog. It will eventually give up! Tolls are charged on motorways and main roads out of town, payable in Euros. Upon payment, ensure you receive and display the windscreen stickers confirming you have paid the toll. Failure to pay the road toll or to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. In winter, equip your car for potentially extreme conditions- ask the rental company if you need snow tyres. Driving in Bucharest can be confusing and its difficult to find rental company offices which may be hidden in side streets. If dropping a car off its best to arrange to meet them at a central point like the railway station rather than spend time trying to locate a badly signed office.
Romania is home to a classic ‘driving abroad’ road, The Transfăgărășan or DN7C which is widely accepted as being one of the most spectacular in Europe. Built as a strategic military road, the road is 90 km of twists and turns through the Southern Carpathian mountains, between Romania’s highest peak Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Pitești and in places attains heights in excess of 2000 metres. The most spectacular route is from the North with steep hairpin bends, long S-curves, and sharp descents, tunnels and viaducts and due to the challenges you’ll experience, plan on an average speed of around 40 KMH.The road is usually closed from late October until late June because of snow.
Romania Car Rental
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Budget,Avis, Dollar,Thrifty all have offices in major cities. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
These are local companies who can provide cars across Romania
Romania Self Drive Rules-
All the big companies seem to have different rules so it would be worth clarifying when you book. Sixt allow cars to be taken into Bulgaria and Hungary but you must request this when booking. Budget don’t allow cars to be taken out of the country. Europcar say there are restrictions on taking cars to certain countries but don’t say which. Hertz say –“Hertz vehicles cannot be driven across the borders of or beyond the following countries, clockwise from the North: Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro & Hungary”which I’m not sure I fully understand. Hertz do allow one way rental into Hungary though …for a whopping 500 euros.