You will be able to see it all with a car rental from Auto Europe in Romania from the bustling city streets of Bucharest and Timisoara to the towering peeks of the Carpathian Mountains. However before you go on your Romanian adventure please take a moment to read over the information below that is important to renting and driving a vehicle in Romania.
You must be at least 21 years old and have had your driver’s license for a minimum of 1 year in order to rent a vehicle in Romania. Some rental suppliers may also impose a maximum rental age of 70 years. Please note that an international driver’s license is strongly recommended and some suppliers may require you to have had your license for up to 3 years in order to rent some specific vehicle categories. Children who are under the age of 12 year must travel in the back seat of the vehicle and secured by a seat belt of child car seat.
In Romania the following speeds apply unless otherwise indicated by speed limits signs where you are traveling: city 50 km/h, major roads 90 km/h and on the highway 130 km/h.
Rules of the Road
In Romania vehicles must travel in the right hand land and are required to give way to traffic that is entering a roundabout. Please do not drink and drive, as Romania practices a zero tolerance policy on driving under the influence.
Gas & Diesel
Cash is the recommended form of payment at gas stations in Romania, as credit cards are not widely accepted. Gas stations located in the rural areas are usually open from 8am to 6pm and most locations in the large cities are open 24 hours.
You will be required to pay a toll when crossing the Danube River from the town of Giurgiu into Bulgaria.
Parking in Romania is permitted on the right side of the road and must park in the direction that traffic is flowing. Vehicles are restricted from parking on a highway at anytime.
One of the most important pieces of information to learn about when renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar country is the insurance options and requirements. Once you receive your rental voucher please take a moment to read over the insurance details that are specific to your rental they will be printed in the terms and conditions area located at the bottom of the voucher. It is important to remember that the insurance guidelines of the country you pick up your rental in will be in effect for the entire duration of your rental. Below you will learn about what forms of insurance are required on your rental and what forms are optional and those that are available to you locally by the rental suppliers in Romania
Third party liability and fire insurance are two forms of insurance that are mandatory for rentals commencing in Romania. Fire insurance provides unlimited coverage of the rental vehicle in the event that is it damaged due to a fire. Third party liability provides an unlimited amount of coverage to people and property that are outside of the rental vehicle. Auto Europe includes these insurances on all basic rental rates in Romania.
In Romania there are a few option insurances that are offered to you through Auto Europe and the car rental supplier locally. Some of the more popular optional insurances are collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, personal accident insurance and super CDW. Personal accident insurance or PAI for short is a form of insurance that will provide death and disability coverage to the driver and passengers of the rental vehicle. PAS is available for purchase with most rental suppliers at the local car counter and can cost about $42 CAD per day. Collision damage waiver and theft protection are included (at an advanced purchase discount) on all of Auto Europe’s inclusive rental rates commencing in Romania. However some of you may decide to decline the CDW and theft protection in order to take advantage of coverage provided to you by your credit card, if you in fact do this please contact your credit card company to learn the details of your coverage and to make sure they will cover a rental in Romania. CDW and theft are also available for purchase at the car counter locally. The price of CDW and theft is determined by the vehicle category you are renting. The approximate cost for CDW can range from $15 to $45 CAD per day with theft costing $9 to $50 CAD per day. CDW and theft will almost always have a deductible that you are responsible for in the event something happens to rental vehicle. Deductibles in Romania can range from $300 CAD up to $2,000 CAD depending on the rental supplier and vehicle category. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance available at the local rental counter that will help reduce the amount of the deductible. The cost for super CDW is about $24 to $55 CAD per day. Please note that optional insurances are available with select suppliers only and the prices noted above are approximate and can change at anytime.
Vans, luxury vehicles, automatics and 4x4s are likely to have travel restrictions due to insurance regulations that may be placed on them. If you intend to rent one of these vehicles please contact Auto Europe to ensure you are aware of any restrictions that may apply. Many of the other car categories rented in Romania are likely to have some travel restrictions as well. If you have any intentions to travel outside of Romania with your rental vehicle please contact Auto Europe in order to make sure it is permitted.
Vehicles that are rented in Poland through Auto Europe are not allowed to travel into the following countries without advanced notice and approval from Auto Europe: Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria etc) Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.
Note: Travel into some of the countries listed above can possibly be arranged with advanced notice to Auto Europe. Not all vehicles are allowed and additional fees may apply.
Domestic one-way rentals are available in Romania however most will incur an additional fee. International one-way rentals are on request and if available will incur additional fees. Not all vehicles are allowed and minimum rental lengths may apply.