A car rental in Poland (booked through Auto Europe of course!) is the perfect way to begin your Eastern European vacation. However before you go on your driving excursion of this beautiful country please take a moment to ready over the information below as it is very important on renting and driving a vehicle in Poland. If you have any questions regarding the rental process or on any of the information below please feel free to contact our friendly staff 24 hours a day by calling 1 800 223 5555.
When renting a car in Poland, you must be 21 years old and have had a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year accompanied by an international driver's license in order to rent a vehicle through Auto Europe. Some rental suppliers may impose a maximum rental age of 70 as well. If you are traveling with children under the age of 4 years they are to be secured in car seat placed in the back seat of the vehicle. Children under age 12 or smaller then 1.5 meters are restricted from traveling as front seat passengers and must wear a seatbelt at all times. Mobile phones can only be used while driving if using a hands free device.
The following are the legal speed limits in Poland unless speed limits signs say otherwise: Open roads 100-110 km/h, highways 130 km/h and in the city from 5am to 11pm 50km/h then from 11pm to 5am is 60 km/h.
Rules of the Road
In Poland traffic is required to drive in the right hand land and pass other vehicles on the left and trams on the rights. You must drive with your headlights on at all times starting October 1st through the end of February.
Gas & Diesel
You will find that many stations in Poland are open 24 hours, however some station in more rural areas are usually open from 6am to 10pm. Most stations will accept major credit cards and provide unleaded gas and diesel fuel options.
When driving in Poland you will encounter a variety of toll roads and tunnels. Tolls are payable in cash (in Euros) and can range from $3 to $4 CAD.
Parking on the left is only permitted in Poland when parking on a one way street. Parking discs are used frequently throughout Poland and can be obtained at electronic disc machines or disc kiosks in the parking area and placed on the vehicles dashboard.
Insurance is probably the most important thing for you to learn about before renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar country like Poland. Below we have taken a moment to explain in detail what types of insurance are required of you to have and what other options are available to you. Remember when renting a car in Poland the insurance guidelines of Poland will be in effect for the entire duration of your rental. Once you book your rental you will receive a car rental voucher that will have insurance details specific to your rental printed in the terms and conditions section.
In Poland it is required that all vehicle rentals have third party liability and fire insurance coverage. Auto Europe makes getting these insurances extremely easy, as these insurances are included on all basic rental rates in Poland. Fire insurance covers the rental vehicle in the event it is damaged by fire and most suppliers in Poland provide an unlimited amount of coverage. Third party liability provides $980,000 CAD up to an unlimited amount of insurance coverage to people and property that may be damaged or injured outside of the rental vehicle.
Collision damage waiver and theft protection are optional on vehicle rentals taking place in Poland. Auto Europe provided you with the option to purchase these insurances ahead of time at an advance purchase discount by offering them on all inclusive rental rates in Poland. You may decide to decline the CDW and theft offered by Auto Europe in order to take advantage of coverage your credit card will provide if you do this please contact your credit card company to make sure they will cover a rental commencing in Poland. CDW and are also available for purchase locally at the rental counter. CDW can cost anywhere from $20 up to $50 CAD per day with theft costing a little less at $7 to $30 CAD per day, both insurances are dependant on the vehicle category. CDW and theft will almost always have a deductible that you are responsible for in the event anything happens to the rental vehicle. In Poland deductible amounts can range from $300 up to $2,100 CAD depending on the vehicle category. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that is offered locally at the rental counter to help reduce the amount of the deductible. Super CDW can cost about $6 CAD per day up to $20 CAD per day and is available with select suppliers only. Personal accident insurance (PAI) is another optional insurance that is available locally, which will provide death and disability coverage to the driver and passengers of the rental vehicle. PAI costs approximately $7 CAD per day up to $16 CAD per day depending on the rental supplier. Optional insurances are provided through certain supplies only and prices can change without notice at anytime.
Some specific vehicle categories including luxury vehicles, 4x4s, large vans and some automatic vehicles may have travel restrictions due to insurance regulations that are placed on them. Many of the other vehicle categories rented in Poland through Auto Europe are permitted to travel in most Western European countries without any restrictions. Auto Europe has worked very hard to build strong lasting relationships with our rental suppliers to create special rental program that will allow specific vehicle categories to be taken into Eastern Europe. Additional surcharges may apply to rentals being taken into Eastern Europe. Please take a moment to make sure the vehicle you are planning to rent is suitable for your travel needs.
Vehicles that are rented in Poland through Auto Europe cannot travel into the following: Africa, Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.
Note: With sufficient notice arrangements can possibly be made to travel into most or all of the countries mentioned above. Additional fees may apply and not all vehicle categories are allowed. Some suppliers may also restrict travel into Italy.
International one-ways are available from Poland for an additional surcharge. Domestic one-ways are also available with most being free of charge. Minimum rental lengths could apply and not all vehicles are permitted. Book a one-way car rental with Auto Europe and save big compared to local suppliers.