What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in Romania?
Located in southeast Europe, Romania shares borders with countries including Hungary, Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as a coastline with the Black Sea. The capital city of Romania is Bucharest, where the principle international airport of Romania - Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport – can also be found. Also in Bucharest, Bucharest North railway station is the largest railway station in Romania and operates both international and domestic services. However, thanks to Romania's natural beauty, exploring by rental car – and enjoying the freedom of creating your own timetable and itinerary – is a great way to see the country. Car rental companies operating in Romania include Alamo Rent a Car, Europcar, Firefly Car Rental and Sixt, with desks found at airports such as Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, as well as in city centers.
What are the driving rules in Romania?
Before beginning a road trip around Romania, brush up on the local road rules. Drive on the right hand side of the road, and be aware that in a number of towns and cities – such as Bucharest – car horns are not allowed to be used. The speed limits in Romania are displayed in kilometers per hour, and are usually 50km/h in urban areas; 90km/h on open roads; and 130km/h on the motorways. Seatbelts must be worn by both driver and passengers, and children under the age of 12 years old must travel in the back. When parking in Romania, always park in the direction of the traffic.
Road trips in Romania
Medieval architecture, literary legends, beautiful beaches...there's plenty to discover in the European nation of Romania! Explore by rental car and enjoy mountain roads and fascinating attractions, on a road trip from one of these three Romanian destinations.
Bucharest is the capital city of Romania, and can be found in the south of the country. The Palace of the Parliament, building during the Communist era, is now home to the Parliament of Romania and is a must-see in the city. Other popular attractions in Bucharest include The Village Museum, the National Museum of Art of Romania, and the Cotroceni Palace. From Bucharest, rent a car and drive east towards the Romanian coast and the Black Sea. The coastal city of Constanta is 141 miles away, and boasts proximity to beach resorts such as Mamaia.
A centrally located region of Romania, Transylvania is famous for its mountainous landscapes and as the home of Dracula. With stunning countryside roads, it's a great place to explore by rental car! Kick off your Transylvanian road trip in the city of Brașov, with its medieval architecture and charming Old Town. Then, drive to Bran Castle, which is also known as 'Dracula's Castle'. Also in Transylvania, the Transfagarasan Highway is a must for road-trippers, winding through the Fagaras mountains and making for a truly spectacular drive.
Located in northern Romania, in the Transylvania region, Cluj-Napoca is one of the largest cities in Romania. Popular attractions include Bánffy Castle, the National Museum of Transylvanian History and the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden. Rent a car at Cluj International Airport, and head off to explore the surrounding areas. For a day long road trip from Cluj Napoca, the fascinating Salina Turda salt mine is just 21 miles away; for a longer road trip, take a drive through Transylvania to Brasov, which is around 170 miles away by road.