What you should know before hiring a car in Wroclaw
|Wroclaw city centre|
|Copernicus Airport (WRO): 10 km from city centre|
Where to rent a car in Wroclaw?
The city of Wroclaw is located in the west of Poland, not far from the country's borders with Germany and the Czech Republic. In the city center, the popular Market Square is lined by buildings and attractions such as the Wroclaw Town Hall. The city is served by Wrocław–Copernicus Airport, from which visitors can take a taxi, airport shuttle bus or public bus service into the city center, dropping passengers at the main train station of Wrocław Główny. Alternatively, travelers can choose to rent a car from one of the car rental companies operating at the airport. These include Budget, Car Net Poland, Europcar and Fleet Rent a Car. Renting a car in Wroclaw is a great way to enjoy the freedom of exploring Poland at your own pace, enjoying views of the country from your window as you travel.
Driving in Wroclaw: parking and other tips
Planning to rent a car in Wroclaw? Visitors will need a current driver's license from their country of residence, and must be at least 21 years old (although a 'young driver's surcharge' may apply to those under the age of 25). Drive on the right and pay attention to the speed limit, which is urban areas is usually 50km/h - although watch out for road signs indicating otherwise.
When parking in Wroclaw, drivers have a number of options. Parking lots are available and are a good place to park your rental car without needing to worry too much about time limitations; charges vary but are usually by the hour. There is also metered, on–street parking available; be sure to pay for parking and be aware of any time restraints.
Road trips from Wroclaw
A fascinating destination in its own right, Wroclaw also makes for a great base from which to explore a number of Polish cities. Discover history, culture and architectural landmarks in these three cities which can be reached by rental car from Wroclaw.
Around 170 miles away by road from Wroclaw stands the city of Krakow, known for its Jewish quarter and old world charm. The main square, which is home to the Krakow Cloth Hall and St Mary's Basilica, is a must-visit in the city. Don't miss a trip to the Wawel Castle complex, which displays multiple architectural styles and is home to a number of interesting museums. Having explored Krakow itself, drive out to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine or the harrowing Auschwitz concentration camp.
The city of Poznan is located just over 100 miles north of Wroclaw, taking around two and a half hours to reach by rental car. The city is home to attractions such as Poznan Town Hall, Poznan Cathedral, and the city's Royal Castle. The city is located on the Warta River, and the Old Town is a must-visit, with cobblestone streets and Renaissance architecture.
A two hour drive from Wroclaw, over a distance of around 120 miles, stands the city of Katowice. Located in the Silesian province, the city is home to a range of interesting things to see and do. The Silesian Museum allows visitors to learn about the region's culture and history, while the Cathedral of Christ the King is a an architectural landmark built in the classicist style. From Katowice, Krakow is a short drive away for those wishing to extend their road trip in Poland.