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    Car hire in the Czech Republic - A Land of History and Culture

    Car hire in Czech Republic

    Standing proud in the very heart of Europe, the Czech Republic (more commonly known these days as Czechia) is a place where history comes to life and cultures collide. With no less than sixteen remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites in its bulging portfolio, it is a truly fascinating country to visit and one of the most affordable compared with many other European destinations. All of its wonderful towns and cities are filled to the brim with beautiful sights to behold and the Czech Republic's thriving folk culture bursts into life during the long summer months.

    Everywhere in the Czech Republic has something to offer the visitor; indeed, the country is blessed with an astonishing array of historic cities, world-class attractions, romantic castles and breathtaking natural wonders, Most places are laid out around a large central square that's often used as a marketplace. Gentle for the most part, the country's vast landscape is varied with several national parks and mountain ranges to explore, not forgetting the majestic wine regions of Bohemia and Moravia. The land is also richly supplied with medicinal springs offering great benefits to people's health, nowadays a very common reason to visit this amazing country.

    A city for all seasons, Prague (the so-called City of a Thousand Spires) is a fairy-tale setting of architectural styles spanning several centuries, with grand Gothic churches nestling alongside beautiful Baroque palaces in and around its historic centre. Its main focus is Prague Castle, which has been central to Eastern European history for hundreds of years. It was also home to many Holy Roman Emperors, the Habsburgs, Bohemian kings and, more recently, the Czech Republic's President. And it's impossible to leave Prague without a leisurely walk across the city's most important river crossing, the spectacular Charles Bridge, which was originally built in 1357.

    With a car hire in the Czech Republic you can drive back through the centuries by visiting the many medieval fortress towns dotted across the country. A road-trip through the thickly-forested Sumava Mountains is particular highlight for travellers and the region is reachable in a couple of hours from Prague. The quaint little spa town of Karloby in the country's enchanting West Bohemia region also makes for a memorable day-trip from the capital. The picturesque eastern province of Moravia features the country's culture capital, Brno, a city famous for its striking churches, palaces and art galleries.

    As one of the leading car hire brokers of the world, Auto Europe has over 65 years of experience in the vehicle rental industry. Our price guarantee is second to none, along with our exceptional customer support provided by our award-winning rental specialists. Please call us on +441233225114 if you require any assistance and we will happily find you the best deal for your next cheap car rental in the Czech Republic. For added peace of mind, please visit our Czech Republic car hire reviews page to see what other Auto Europe customers thought of their recent car rental experience in the country.

    For more information on renting a vehicle in Czech Republic, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Czech Republic

    We provide plenty of options for people looking for low-cost car hire in Czech Republic, with dozens of pick-up and drop-off points available in key locations all over the country, including Ostrava and Brno.

    Whenever you book a cheap car rental in the Czech Republic with Auto Europe, you'll be able to choose from more than 24,000 locations in over 180 different destinations worldwide, with the added convenience of being able to collect your vehicle from any of the country's main airports, railway stations and city centres.

    Planning a trip in a country as big as the Czech Republic takes plenty of planning, so if you can't find the information you're looking for, please feel free to call Auto Europe's award-winning rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 should you have any questions. We've also posted a useful article on our blog covering everything you need to know when picking up a car hire at your chosen destination.

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    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Czech Republic

    As one of the market-leading car hire brokers, Auto Europe works very closely with all the world’s top car rental companies. Our best price guarantee means that our clients will never find a better deal on car hire in the Czech Republic, plus they have the added bonus of being able to cancel up to 48 hours prior to the time of pick-up, totally free of charge.

    Besides offering the lowest rates for people searching for the best value car rental in Czech Republic, we also take pride in the fact that our suppliers' car hire fleets are the most modern and extensive, with the right car always available for the right person at the right price.

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    When choosing our partners, our main priority is to ensure that their products and services are of the highest standard in order to make your low-priced car rental in Czech Republic as good an experience as possible.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Czech Republic

    Contact UsThe aim of this Q&A section is section is to help answer some of the most popular questions that arise when our customers are planning to rent a car in Czech Republic. Keep scrolling down to find the topics that most interest you, such as age limits, one-way rentals, credit cards, important driving rules in Czech Republic, motorway tolls, car hire coverage, valid driving licence, etc. If you need more info, please call our team of rental specialists and they will be very happy to help you resolve any issues you might have regarding your booking.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Czech Republic?

    You need to be at least 19 years of age to be able to rent a car in the Czech Republic, although the majority of local car hire suppliers have a minumum age requirement of 21. You must also have possessed a valid driving licence for at least one whole year. Please note that drivers under the age of 25 may be subject to a Young Driver Surcharge which is paid locally to the car rental company and not in advance to Auto Europe. Take a look at our Car Hire Age Requirements page for more information.

    All the rules and regulations relating to car hire age restrictions and any related charges that might be applicable can easily be accessed on the Auto Europe website. Just make a quick search in our high-tech booking engine by selecting your preferred pick-up/drop-off point, car category and supplier and we will do the rest by providing you with a list of suitable options, after which you only need to click on the blue +Rate Details button to find all the info you need. Please note that everything on the website is also sent in the Terms and Conditions attached to the booking voucger once your reservation has been confirmed.

    A word of advice for young drivers: please make sure you always submit your correct age when making a booking on the Auto Europe website, so that we'll be able to inform you of any restrictions and charges that might apply to your cheap car rental in the Czech Republic. If you're new to renting vehicles abroad, please consult our special blog post for all those looking to book their first-ever car hire.


    Can I pick up my car rental in Czech Republic in one place and drop it off in another?

    Yes. We offer both domestic and international one-way car hire options between selected locations for an additional fee, which are usually subject to a minimum of at least one full day's rental. You can quickly find out all you need to know about one-way fees (excluding VAT) and other related info in the search results of the Auto Europe website. Just make your selection (pick-up and drop-off points, vehicle category, etc.) and click on the +Rate Details button where details about any additional charges will be clearly stated. The same info is also communicated to customers in the Terms and Conditions once the reservation has been confirmed.

    One important aspect to remember concerning one-way car hire fees is that the payment goes directly to the local supplier and not Auto Europe, meaning that we do not profit from one-way fees in any way. Nevertheless, we strongly feel that our many esteemed customers need to be fully informed about such costs in order to make the best choice for their car hire in the Czech Republic. Please note that each respective supplier determines its own one-way fees independently of one another, hence the fee quoted for the same given pick-up and drop-off location by one company may vary from another, while others may not allow the journey at all. This is because each supplier operates in its own seperate office and rental location, thus enabling them to offer different options.

    Cross-border travel is another important consideration for travellers looking to rent a car in the Czech Republic, especially if they are planning to enter any of the Eastern European countries. Driving across the Czech border is permitted by most of the vehicle rental companies operating in the country, although the number of restricted countries tends to vary from supplier to supplier. In general, Western European and EU countries can be visited for an additional fee which applies to drivers who wish to travel outside of the rental country (note that all countries of travel must be listed at time of booking).

    You can find out about these and all other travel restrictions simply by making a quick search in the Auto Europe booking engine. After selecting your preferred car hire category and supplier, just click on the blue +Rate Details button, followed by the Inclusive Package button where all the respective cross-border details can be accessed in the General Terms section. This same info is also included on the car rental voucher once the reservation has been confirmed.


    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Czech Republic?

    Yes. In order to rent a car in the Czech Republic, all drivers will be required to present a valid credit card along with their passport, driving licence, booking voucher, etc. when they arrive at the pick-up point to clooect their vehicle. The main reason for this is the local rental car company will want to place a hold on the value of the deductible for the car they are allowing you drive during the agreed rental period. This amount is promptly refunded once the vehicle has been returned in the same condition it was in when you picked it up.

    It often comes as a bit of a surprise to some drivers when they present a debit card instead of a credit card and it is not accepted. For this reason, it's important to make sure that arrive with a valid credit card loaded with enough credit to cover the deposit. Please note that when booking a premium- or luxury-category car, the supplier might well ask for a second credit card (also in the name of the main driver) from a major company such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express.

    To find out how much the deposit will be (and which cards are acceptable, just make a quick search on the Auto Europe website by keying in your preferred car hire category and supplier, etc. before clikcing on the blue-coloured +Rate Details button. All the info you need can then be accessed in the Supplier Payment Policy Information section. Please note that when booking your car hire in the Czech Republic online, Auto Europe will require your credit card only as a payment methods for the pre-paid rental price.

    For an overview of the main things to look out for when planning to drive in Czech Republic, it’s well worth finding out about the six most important things to know about credit cards and deposits before your trip. More information about this and other credit card-related topics can be found on our credit card blog post.


    What are the most important driving rules in Czech Republic?

    There are a few things to remember when driving your car hire in the Czech Republic, many of which are explained in our dedicated Czech Republic Driving Guide. Unlike in the UK, driving is done on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit in built-up areas is 50kph, 80kph on urban expressways, 90kph outside urban areas and 130kph on motorways. There are plenty of petrol stations on the motorways and in the main towns and cities, many of which are open 24/7 although very few have automatic pumps. Since July 2006, all vehicles are required to drive with their lights on, which for newer cars means the driving lights. For older cars, it is generally accepted that this means dipped headlights, which also requires your rear lights to be on as well. The drink-drive limit for all drivers is a strict 0.00% meaning that the Czech Republic has a zero tolerance for people when it comes to drinking and driving. Random tests are carried out and drivers must always submit to a test at the request of the police, even if there are no grounds for suspicion. Seat-belts must be worn by everyone travelling in there vehicle where they are available. Children under 150cm in height must use an appropriate restraint (or child seat) in both the front and rear seats. Please note that children are only allowed to use a rear-facing restraint in the front passenger seat if the airbag is turned off. Using a phone whilst driving in the Czech Republic is strictly against the law. Please consult our dedicated information page to know what to do in case of a breakdown or accident with your car hire in the Czech Republic.


    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car hire in Czech Republic?

    Yes. Furthermore, all vehicles up to and including 3.5 tons are legally required to have a vignette in the Czech Republic on all roads that are identified with Highway and Express Way road signs. The sections of road that ar free to travel on are identified by a sign with the lettering BEZ POPLATKU or by a crossed out vignette. Please visit the Tolls and Toll Payments websites for more information on toll roads and their respective payment policies in the Czech Republic.


    What kind of insurance do I need for my car hire in Czech Republic?

    All the rates quoted on the Auto Europe website for car hire in the Czech Republic always include the minimum legally-required amount of liability insurance, CDW or Collision Damage Waiver (with or without excess depending on the car rental company) and Theft Protection (TP), also with or without excess depending on the car rental company. Please note that certain parts of the vehicle such as the engine, roof etc. For this reason, many drivers visiting the Czech Republic choose Auto Europe’s very popular Refundable Excess product for an additional fee which offers them comprehensive cover and total peace of mind during the entire rental period, the price of which can vary depending on the chosen location, duration, car category and supplier.

    All aspects relating to car hire coverage can be quickly and easily accessed after making a search in the Auto Europe booking engine, simply by clicking the blue +Rate Details button after which you'll find all the relevant coverage details in the Additional Information section. There you can check the full amount of CDW Deductible, Theft Insurance Deductible and Liability Insurance that's included, with the same information being sent to you in the Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or once your booking is confirmed.

    Please be aware that at the time of picking up your low-cost car rental in the Czech Republic, the local car hire company might try to offer you additional coverage which includes (but is not restricted to) PAI (Personal Accident Insurance), PEC (Personal Effects Coverage), Super CDW, Seguro Relax Insurance, Road Assistance etc. It's worth bearing in mind that Auto Europe cannot refund the amout of any locally-purchased insurance charges/fees, even if it is deemed unnecessary once the vehicle has been returned undamaged at the end of the rental period. For more tips and advice, please consult our dedicated car hire coverage page as well as our useful blog post offering an overview on how to prepare for your trip with complete car hire coverage.


    Can I use my UK licence to drive my rental in Czech Republic?

    Yes. All drivers in possession of a photocard-style driving licence will not be obliged to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) when visiting the country for short periods. However, there are some exceptions: for example, people who only have a paper licence (not a photocard) need to purchase an IDP, plus those whose driving licences were issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man might also need to apply for an IDP before arriving to pick up their low-priced car rental in the Czech Republic. Anyone who drives the rental car (namely the main driver and any additional drivers) will be obliged by law to present a valid driving licence at the time of picking up the vehicle. Some suppliers insist that they need to have held this driving licence for at least a year. You can check if this is the case when making your search in the Auto Europe booking engine by clicking the Rate Details -> Inclusive Package -> General Terms buttons.

    Please note that in the unlikely case of your driving licence not being written in the Roman alphabet, you will require an International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to pick up your vehicle. This is a mandatory document and only valid when accompanied by the driver's original driving licence. Furthermore, you might find that some car rental suppliers will always require an IDP at the time of pick-up even if the original driver’s licence is written in the Roman alphabet (for details, please see the terms and conditions on your booking voucher). Since the 8th of June 2015, many drivers travelling with a UK licence have been asked by the rental provider to provide a DVLA code in order to check their licence record, along with a printed copy of their licence record which can be downloaded from the DVLA website 21 days before the start of the rental period. For more information, please consult our page regarding the aforementioned DVLA changes.


    Can I add an additional driver to my rental car in Czech Republic?

    Yes. Additional drivers can easily be added to your rental car in the Czech Republic. Some local suppliers include the fees in the price while others charge a daily fee at the time of pick-up, the amount of which is established by each respective car hire company. Whichever the case, additional drivers need to be officially registered on the rental agreement and will also need to present exactly the same documents as the main driver at the time of pick-up (ie their driving licence, International Driving Permit (IDP) where required, passport, etc. It's useful to note that by taking advantage of Auto Europe's popular Auto Europe Free Additional Driver offers, you can have an additional driver named on your reservation completely free of charge when confirmaing your booking. All the info relating to any fees that might be incurred when adding a driver to the rental contract are clearly stated on the Auto Europes website. After making a quick search in our booking engine, you just need to click on the Rate Details button that appears below the car information to acces the Driver Information section where full additional driver details can be found. The same information is also included on the car rental voucher which is sent out once the reservation has been confirmed. Importantly, if a friend or family member who was not officially included in the rental contract decides to drive the vehicle at any time during the rental period, it will render them null and void from all the insurance coverage and, thus, make them liable for the total amount of any damages caused in the event of a collision or theft. So please make sure that all additional drivers are properly authorised to drive the vehicle before leaving the pick-up point.

    Additional Vehicle Rental Options in Czech Republic

    It couldn't be easier to take advantage of our prices because all the best deals for low-cost car hire in the Czech Republic are available on the Auto Europe website. All you need to do is select your dates and destination in our state-of-the-art search engine and we’ll provide you with a list of the best offers in just a few seconds. You can choose from a wide range of vehicles, large or small, as well as luxury vehicles for an exhilarating road-trip around the country. Auto Europe's Mini and Economy categories are for drivers on a tighter budget or spending most of their time in the cities. Besides that, we have Large and SUV categories for people requiring more comfort and additional luggage space. You can also opt for Midsize-category cars for the perfect compromise on power, budget and space, or perhaps something from our Van category will help you cater for larger groups of friends or a family with kids.

    To help you make the right choice for your next trip, please consult our Czech Republic fleet guide which provides full details of all the features and specifications to expect in each respective car hire category.

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    Luxury Car Hire Czech Republic - Auto Europe offers an excellent range of high performance cars for rent, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than the spectacular mountain regions of the beautiful Czech Republic, including the Krkonose National Park, one of the most scenic parts of the country.

    Van Hire Czech Republic - What could be more fun than trip around the Czech Republic with some of your closest friends or family members in a modern van or top-of-the-range minibus with plenty of seating for everyone and lots of additional luggage space.

    Campervan hire Czech Republic - There's no better to tour the country and enjoy the best of the Czech Republic than with a motorhome or campervan. With Auto Europe you can visit the many medieval towns and villages of the hinterland with your very own hotel suite on wheels whilst saving money on rooms, meals and airport transfers.

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