Car Hire in Bucharest
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Bucharest is a city in Romania, more precisely in the southeastern part of the country. This area was inhabited many years ago, there were several settlements here before Bucharest was founded. The name Bucharest was first mentioned in the 15th century. The city was founded on the banks of the Dâmbovița River. Bucharest experienced some ups and downs in the past, but step by step the city became bigger and more important. From 1659 to 1859 it was the capital of Wallachia and from 1859 to 1881 the capital of the United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia. Today Bucharest is the capital and the largest city of Romania and one of the most populous cities in the European Union. Bucharest is the cultural, financial, entertainment, and media center of Romania. It is the most developed and modernized city in the country and undoubtedly the city with the most opportunities. It is a city that is growing and developing in every way. It is undoubtedly the richest and most developed city in the region, slowly and steadily rising in the rankings of the European Union. This is also true for tourism. Romania is becoming more and more popular among tourists and travelers from all over the world. This is because it really has a lot to offer. Bucharest has many amazing historical, cultural, and religious sites to offer that are worth visiting, but beyond that, there are many other things to see and do in the capital of Romania. According to many studies, this is a destination with the greatest potential for tourism development in the European Union. Every year the number of tourists here is growing, in 2017 Bucharest was the European city with the highest growth of tourists staying here.
So, Bucharest gives you many reasons to come here and explore this interesting and culturally rich city. There is something happening in every corner of this city. Bucharest really has a unique charm, the locals are very talkative and friendly, so you will really have a great time in Bucharest. If you are taking a road trip through Romania, you should definitely put Bucharest on the list of cities where you will spend a few days, you will definitely not regret it. Bucharest might also be the perfect starting point for your road trip through Romania. Explore the capital and then rent a car and explore this beautiful country. Buckle up and drive safely!
Basic info and car hire in Bucharest
- Location: Southeastern Romania
- Population: 1,716,983
- Official language: Romanian
- Currency: Romanian leu
- Weather: Bucharest has a humid continental climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Road conditions in Bucharest are generally good. There will be some potholes, but it has been improving in recent years.
- Car hire in Bucharest: Car hire in Bucharest is a great idea to explore all of what Romania has to offer. The most common pick-up location is at Bucharest Otopeni Airport. There are many different car rental companies available and they all offer competitive prices. So it's best to book a car three or eight weeks ahead of time - this will ensure you get an affordable rate! Alternatively, if your travel plans change last minute there are plenty around who can help out as well; just look no further than us here at Orbit Car Hire.
Driving in Bucharest
If you want to explore Bucharest and especially Romania properly, a rental car here in Bucharest is the best solution for you. When you rent a car here, you can explore the country at your own pace and according to your own preferences. The city is well connected with the other parts of the country. When driving a car in Bucharest, it is very important that you fully concentrate on the road and your surroundings. This city is known for its difficult driving conditions. Besides cars, there are also many pedestrians here who are very brave and cross the streets whenever they want, so you should be extra careful. Some locals drive very fast here, so be sure to follow the rules and speed limits. Parking in Bucharest is quite a problem. It's best to find a parking garage or a parking lot where you pay for your parking time. This way your car will be better secured and you can explore the city center on foot.
Navigating Bucharest can also be quite difficult. It is best to use a navigation device because there are many similar streets and many one-way streets, so you can quickly get lost and drive in circles for half an hour.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Romania is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car in Romania is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age, you must also have held a driving license for a minimum of 12 months. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
- International Driving Permit: An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
- Additional papers: A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
- Additional requirements: Reflective jackets (mandatory to carry in your vehicle and wear if walking on the road or hard shoulder in the event of emergency or breakdown), Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with more than two wheels) , Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually), Fire extinguisher (compulsory in all vehicles), First aid kit (compulsory in all vehicles), Crash helmets are compulsory for riders of mopeds and motorcycles, as well as trikes and quads without closed bodywork. Mopeds and motorcycles on the road must have their lights on at all times.
- Children in the car: Children under the age of 12 years are not allowed to travel in the front passenger seat. A child up to 3 years old must use an appropriate child restraint for their size. A child under 12 years of age and shorter than 150 cm must use either an appropriate child restraint or a booster seat.
- Driving side of the road: Right Hand
- Lights: All vehicles must drive with their headlights on, between 22:00 and 6:00
- General speed limits: Romania uses the metric system for all road signs, meaning speed limits and other road signs including distance are indicated using kilometers and meters. These are the general speed limits for private cars:. In built-up areas 50km/h (unless otherwise stated on local signs), Outside built-up areas 90km/h – 100km/h (unless otherwise stated on local signs), Motorways 130km/h.
Car Hire in Bucharest
Most popular car hire at Bucharest
The most selected hire car in Bucharest is the Fiat 500, Renault Clio, or Opel Corsa. Renault Captur is also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Bucharest are mini and economy.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Bucharest
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Bucharest. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Romania.
Bucharest-Cluj-Napoca (456km with approximately 7 hours of drive)
Bucharest-Temisvar (574km with approximately 8 hours of drive)
Bucharest-Brasov (183km with approximately 3 hours of drive)
Bucharest-Galati (223km with approximately 3,5 hours of drive)
Popular day trips from Bucharest
Bran Castle, Brasov, Peles Castle, Sibiu, Piatra Craiului National Park, Transfagarasan Highway, Rasnov Citadel, Slanic Prahova Salt Mine...
What to see in Bucharest
Bucharest is a very modern and developed city, but there are also many remains from the rich and long past, full of different events that have shaped the image of this city today. There are many interesting cultural, historical, and religious sites here, which are worth visiting and which make this city a popular destination for tourists and travelers from all over the world. Here in Bucharest, you will always find something for yourself. This is a culturally very rich city that has a lot to offer in the field of art and culture, but also a city with a very lively nightlife and many sporting events, etc. So if you are taking a road trip through Romania, you should put Bucharest on your list of cities to stop in and spend a few days, you will not regret it.
The National Village Museum Dimitrie Gusti is located on the entire west side of Herăstrău Park. It is a huge and impressive open-air museum with 270 buildings. These buildings are made of wood, stone, or cobblestones. The museum was founded in 1936. The houses were brought here from all over the country and rebuilt on the site of the museum. You can discover here different styles of buildings in Romania and learn a lot about life in the past.
The Palace of Parliament is a megalomaniac building that houses the Romanian Parliament. It is known as the largest administrative building in the world and when you come here you will be shocked by the size of this building, parts of which are still empty. The palace suffered a serious setback during the earthquake but was renovated in 1977.
Other places to visit and things to do in Bucharest: Romanian Athenaeum, Lipscani (Old Town), Romanian Peasant Museum, Herăstrău Park, Stavropoleos Church, National Museum of Art of, Romania, Dealul Mitropoliei, Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, Revolution Square, Palatul Primăverii (Spring Palace), Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History, Cismigiu Gardens, Cotroceni Palace, Museum of Art Collections, Calea Victoriei, Botanical Gardens, Bucharest Russian Church, Arcul de Triumf, ARCUB, George Enescu National Museum, Doamnei Church, National Museum of Romanian History, Manuc's Inn...
Drive your rental car beyond Bucharest
Romania is a country in Europe, more precisely at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Romania has 5 neighboring countries, it borders Bulgaria to the south, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, Serbia to the southwest, Moldova to the east and the Black Sea to the southeast. Romania is the twelfth most populous country in Europe and the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. The capital of Romania is Bucharest and there are several major cities in the country: Iași, Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Constanța, Craiova, Brașov, and Galați.
Romania is one of the hidden gems of Europe. Tourism here has developed strongly and quickly in the last decade and this country really has a lot to offer for every kind of tourist and traveler. There is really something for everyone who comes here. The offer is really huge. You can visit some great cities that are developing and modernized, but still full of remnants from the past and strong traditions and spirit. The cities here are very rich culturally and there are many cultural events throughout the year. There are many great museums, galleries, concerts, plays, operas, etc. that you should definitely visit while exploring Romania. But besides the bigger cities, Romania also has an excellent nature with all kinds of outdoor opportunities. You can do all kinds of sports activities here: climbing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, rafting, running, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, skating, etc. So, for those who are looking for an active holiday, this is undoubtedly the perfect destination, as you can find all kinds of activities here. Besides nature, you can also explore small towns and villages. You will meet very friendly locals here, who is very positive and always ready to help and guide you. When you come to some traditional small Romanian villages, you will get a glimpse of the traditional life of the people in Romania. The traditions are really interesting and unique and the best part is that they are very different from one part of the country to another. Romania is known as a country of many faces and as you drive through Romania, you will notice that life is very different in the north than in the south. There are differences from village to village and all this makes Romania an even richer country. The different parts of the country are well connected. The roads are generally in good condition, but there are some roads, especially in the rural areas, that are not so well maintained and can have some holes. This means that you should reduce your speed if necessary.
Places to see and things to do in Romania: Dracula's Castle in Transylvania, Romania's most beautiful castle: Peleș Castle, A Gothic masterpiece in Brasov: The Black Church, Brukenthal and Astra Museums in Sibiu, Bohemia, Hiking in the wild Carpathian Mountains, Romania's most famous natural landscape: the Danube Delta, discover how good Romanian wines are, observe brown bears in their natural habitat, admire the 500-year-old painted monasteries of Bukovina, take a slow and scenic steam train ride, travel back to the Middle Ages in the UNESCO citadel of Sighișoara, taste traditional Romanian food and tasty vegetables, ride an underground Ferris wheel in the Turda salt mine, visit the largest building in Europe: Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, drive on the famous Transfăgărășan highway, enjoy the nightlife in Bucharest Old Town, see the Romanian Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains, experience the authentic Romanian village life, visit Romania's, Haunted Forest...
Where to eat, drink, and party in Bucharest
Romania is a great destination to explore the flavors of Eastern European cuisine. Bucharest is full of different restaurants where you can either eat traditional, authentic Romanian food, but there are also some restaurants where you can experience more modern Romanian cuisine, and of course, there are also places where you can order menus from all over the world. So the offer is really huge and it's up to you what kind of dishes you prefer, but one thing is for sure, you will not stay hungry in Bucharest.
Here are some traditional meals from Bucharest: Scovergi (Romanian fried dough), Mici (Romanian sausages), Sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), Mămăligă (polenta), Papanasi (Romanian dessert), Romanian wine,...
BEST PLACES FOR A PARTY IN BUCHAREST:
BOA-Beat of Angels
Oxya by Bamboo
Best restaurant in Bucharest
Stadio Restaurants Herastrau
Amethyst Sky Bar
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: email@example.com
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
Which brands can I compare with Orbit?
With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world.