What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in Macedonia?
Macedonia (also known as the Republic of Macedonia) can be found in southeastern Europe and shares borders with Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia. The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian denar, while its capital city is Skopje, home to Skopje Airport (also known as Skopje "Alexander The Great" Airport) and plenty of car rental opportunities! Companies including Alamo Rent a Car, Sharr Express Rent a Car, Avis, Keddy and Hertz all offer car rental services in Skopje. Ohrid is the country's second largest city, followed by Bitola. The major rail hub in Macedonia is located in Skopje and trains are operated by Macedonian Railways (Makedonski Železnici, MŽ). While some of Macedonia's treasures can be explored by train, renting a car offers the chance to easily discover the country's hidden gems.
What are the driving rules in Macedonia?
The minimum age to rent a car in Macedonia is 21, and US citizens will need to provide an international driver's license. In Macedonia, cars drive on the right. It's worth noting that children under the age of 12 are not allowed to travel in the front seat. The blood alcohol limit is 50mg/100ml of blood, and in Macedonia even passengers traveling in the front of the car may not be under the influence. So if you've had an alcoholic beverage as a passenger, you will need to sit in the back. Pay attention to the speed limit as this will vary throughout the country depending on the type of road, and be sure to keep your headlights on at all times (although not on full beam if not necessary!).
Road trips in Macedonia
Macedonia is a relatively small country, with a population of just over two million, but it offers plenty to discover! Read our guide to the three best areas to take a road trip in Macedonia.
Road trips around Skopje
As the main point of arrival in Macedonia, Skopje is a brilliant place from which to rent a car to explore the country. First of all, though, you may want to check out everything the capital city has to offer. From historic sites such as the Stone Bridge, to viewpoints like the Millennium Cross, the city is filled with great attractions. Not to mention the museums! The Museum of Macedonia, the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, and the Museum of the City of Skopje are just a few worth visiting.
Road trips around Lake Ohrid
The city of Ohrid can be found next to the stunning Lake Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia. Exploring this area by rental car allows for the opportunity to truly take in the beauty of the lake itself. Check out the view from the Church of St John at Kaneo; visit Samuel's Fortress; and visit the Church of St Sophia.
Road trips around the whole of Macedonia
As mentioned, Macedonia is a small country – which makes taking a road trip around the entire nation a brilliant option. Discover all the Balkan nation has to offer by renting a car in Skopje before heading off for a week or two to explore cities and attractions including Ohrid, Bitola, Struga and Lake Prespa.