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    Car hire in Poland - A Land of History and Culture

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    Stretching from the Baltic coast to the breathtaking peaks of the High Tatra mountains, Poland is a destination ready for exploration. With its fairy-tale villages, ancient monuments, fascinating museums and cobbled town squares, it's a place to savour on four wheels at a leisurely pace. With a car hire in Poland you'll have the freedom and opportunity to drive through vast national parks and forests, relax on beautiful beaches and feast on some of the finest cuisine in central Europe. Poland is also one of the largest countries on the continent, so you'll there's lots to see and do and plenty of prime terrain to cover with hundreds of ancient castles, royal palaces, mysterious caves, refreshing mineral spas and holy places just waiting for you in every part of the country.

    No other European nation has a history quite like Poland's, with traces of human occupation dating right back to the early Bronze Age - around 2400 BC. Today's visitors have well over a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites to discover, including the old city of Zamość, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the medieval town of Toru and the historic centres of Warsaw and Krakow, to name a few. Another important city is Gdansk, Poland’s maritime capital and one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea.

    A leader of the global vehicle rental market since 1954, Auto Europe is one of the world’s top car hire companies and the winner of several important industry awards. We work with all the major international car hire companies, including Sixt, Hertz, Dollar, Avis, National, Europcar, Budget and Alamo, as well as the most prestigious local suppliers. We currently offer more than 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in over 180 destinations, and besides providing the broadest selection of vehicles our best price guarantee makes us one of the most competitive car rental operators on the market. If you need help of any kind during the booking process, why not give our team of highly-trained rental specialists a call on +44 123 3225 114. Before that, please check out the Poland car hire reviews section to find out what some of our previous customers thought about their recent car rental in Poland.

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

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Poland

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

    Whenever you book a cheap car rental in Poland 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 Poland 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 Poland

    As one of the market-leading car hire brokers, Auto Europe works very closely with all the world’s top car rental companies, including Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Europcar and Hertz, along with the most reliable local suppliers such as Carwiz.

    Auto Europe’s best price guarantee means that our clients will not find cheaper car hire deals anywhere else, with the added bonus of being able to cancel up to 48 hours prior to the time of pick-up, completely free of charge.

    Besides offering the lowest rates for people searching for the best value car rental in Poland, 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 cost car rental in Poland as good an experience as possible.


    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Poland

    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 Poland. Keep scrolling down to find the topics that most interest you, such as age limits, one-way rentals, credit cards, important driving rules in Poland, 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 Poland?

    To hire a car in Poland, a driver must be at least 19 years of age (the age may vary according to the car category and supplier) and have held his or her driving licence for at least one year in their country of residence. Drivers often need an International Driver's Permit to drive in Poland, so please be aware of that before embarking on your trip.

    Some suppliers have stricter rules and will not rent a car to drivers under the age of 21, and drivers under the age of 26 are often charged a Young Driver’s Surcharge. Drivers over 70 years of age may also be subject to an additional surcharge – but to be sure please check the terms of your rental agreement. Please take a look at our special blog post which covers many of the things to look out for when booking your first car hire in Poland and all other parts of the world.

    To check whether or not you will be required to pay a junior or senior driver’s surcharge, please check the rate details once you have conducted a search in the Auto Europe booking engine, starting with the destination and followed by your preferred supplier and car category. Any additional fees are clearly stated in the Terms & Conditions once your reservation has been confirmed. For more general information on car hire age requirements, please read our dedicated section on the subject.

    Please also be aware that it is very important to enter the correct age of the main driver when booking a car hire in Poland with Auto Europe. Once we know their exact age, we’ll be able to inform them of any restrictions that might apply to their rental.

     

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

    Yes, domestic one-way car hire is available between selected locations at an additional fee. Please note that minimum durations might apply (usually you will be required to rent the vehicle for at least one full day) and international cross-border travel is generally not permitted. From all the suppliers listed in the Auto Europe booking system, the only exception is Avis, whose minimum duration is at least three full days.

    You can check the amount of the one-way fee quickly and easily when making a search in Auto Europe’s state-of-the-art booking engine. After making your selection, it will appear below the car hire rate so that you will know exactly how much you will need to pay. The same information is clearly displayed in the booking voucher once your reservation has been confirmed.

    If your booking is subject to a one-way fee, then please note that you will be charged this amount by the local car hire supplier when you arrive at your destination to pick up your vehicle. Auto Europe does not collect or profit from one-way fees in any way, but we feel that it’s very important to inform our customers of all the fees in order to help them make the best decision. Please be aware that all car rental providers determine their fees independently, meaning that for the same pick-up and drop-off location, one company may charge less than another while some may not permit the journey at all. Each and every supplier operates from different offices and rental locations, and for this reason car hire suppliers are free to offer different options for each of their products.

    Another aspect to consider when making a one-way car hire reservation is whether or not travel is allowed outside of Poland. For an additional fee (including VAT), travel is often permitted to most Western and Eastern European countries , including the majority of car categories without any restrictions. Nevertheless, you may find that certain restrictions are imposed on luxury car categories for travel in certain countries due to insurance regulations, and for this it’s advisable to check in advance to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the type of car you are planning to rent.

    All drivers must indicate which countries they plan to visit at the time of making their reservation, with the need for each destination other than Poland to be clearly stated on the booking voucher. In most cases, the car rental supplier will need to authorise any cross-border travel arrangements and charge the daily fee locally, information about which is also mentioned in the voucher’s terms and conditions.

    To find out how much you will need to pay and whether or not any other travel restrictions apply, you just need to make a search in our booking engine by choosing your required car hire category and supplier, after which all the related information will be accessible by clicking on the Rate Details -> Inclusive Package -> General Terms buttons. This information is also included on the booking voucher once the reservation has been confirmed.

     

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Poland?

    Yes. In order to rent a car in Poland, it is essential that the main driver presents a valid credit card in his or her name at the time of picking up the vehicle. The reason for this is because most car hire companies in Poland will place a hold on the value of the deductible for the vehicle they are renting you for your visit. This amount will be promptly refunded once the vehicle has been returned in the same condition it was collected.

    It comes as quite a surprise to some people that a debit card is not enough to rent a car in Poland. In fact, all drivers should make sure they have a credit card in their name with a sufficient credit limit prior to travel. Furthermore, any customers looking to rent a premium or luxury category car need to be aware that some suppliers will request an additional credit card also in the name of the main driver. More information about this and other related topics can be found on our credit card blog post.

    Please note that all main credit cards are accepted, namely Visa, Mastercard, Diners (most times) and American Express, all of which must be in the name of the main driver. You can check the brand and type of card that is acceptable by making a search on our booking engine, choosing the appropriate car hire category/supplier according to your requirements and clicking on the following buttons: Rate Details -> Supplier Payment Policy Information.

    For an overview of the main things to look out for when planning to drive in Poland, it’s a good idea to find out the six most important things to know about credit cards and deposits before your trip.

     

    What are the most important driving rules in Poland?

    Polish roads are relatively good and in the vicinity of the large towns and cities the road surfaces have improved a lot in recent years. Look out for white and bronze road signs which indicate the most interesting places to visit. Areas where a lot of accidents happen within a certain period of time (five or more accidents in each of the last three years or 12 or more accidents within three years in a row) are marked with a black and yellow traffic sign and are called Czarny Punkt, so take extra care in these zones.

    The emergency road services in Poland are very efficient and in a breakdown situation you should call 9637 straight away. This is the emergency number for the National Emergency Road Service which guarantees a full-range of auto assistance such as the removal of damaged cars, directing you to local garages and legal advice in the case of any litigation. The National Emergency Road Service is normally on site within the hour (depending on the distance and locality of the breakdown or accident). The fee for these services depends on what is required and the distance, which is important when a damaged car has to be transported to a garage, for example, although many car hire insurances packages cover this expense. For advice on what to do in case of an emergency, please check out our related blog post.

    Petrol stations are usually open round the clock seven days a week and are found all over Poland, with many of them are run by international brands such as Shell, BP and Esso.

    The alcohol limit is very strict in Poland, meaning that you cannot have more than 0.2 milligrams of alcohol per ml of blood. Radar traps are very frequent in Poland, so make sure you always stick to the speed limits, which are 50 kph in cities (60 kph from 11pm-5am), 90 kph outside cities and 140 kph on motorways in order to avoid heavy on-the-spot fines.

    When driving in Poland in autumn and winter you should remember that your car lights must be on all the time. This is obligatory from 1 October to the last day of February. For more information about the many things you'll need to know when motoring in the country, please consult our Poland driving guide for a safer trip.

     

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

    There are only a few motorways in Poland, but you have to pay for all of them. The main toll roads are the A1, A2, A4 and A8 and you pay directly at the gates. Payment is collected using two different systems, the open system with the amount depending on the type of vehicle and the closed system where payment is collected at toll booths situated on access roads, junctions and final motorway sections, with the amount depending on the type of vehicle and the distance covered.

     

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

    All of Auto Europe’s car rental rates automatically include liability insurance in accordance with the legally required amount of minimum coverage, notably CDW (Collision Damage Waiver). Either with or without excess (depending on which car rental company you book with), CDW never covers damage to tyres, glass, exterior mirrors, underside, interior, roof, engine, damage to locks and loss of the vehicle’s keys. TP (Theft Protection) is also included in the basic daily car hire rate, with or without excess (depending on your chosen supplier).

    Many drivers decide to pay a little extra and purchase Auto Europe’s Refundable Excess product which covers damage to the roof, glass, wheels, undercarriage, towing costs, loss of car keys, mis-fuelling (putting diesel in instead of unleaded, for instance), administration fees, etc. The amount you pay for our cover may vary depending on the location, rental duration, car category and supplier.

    All the coverage info relating to your booking is clearly accessible when you make your initial search. After selecting your dates, destination and preferred car and supplier, just click on the Rate Details -> Additional Information buttons where you’ll find the full amount of coverage included in the price, along with CDW Deductible, Theft Insurance Deductible and Liability Insurance. Please note that this same information can be found in the Terms & Conditions whenever you make a search or confirm your reservation. You can find more details in our complete car hire coverage blog post.

    Very often when you arrive to pick up your vehicle you’ll find that the local car rental company might try to sell you additional coverage on top of what you already have, such as PAI (Personal Accident Insurance), PEC (Personal Effects Coverage), Super CDW, Seguro Relax Insurance, Road Assistance, etc. We’d like you to always remember that Auto Europe does not refund any locally-purchased insurance charges/fees, even if they are deemed unnecessary after the rental car has been returned. Check out our six-part car hire coverage guide for an overview of what to be aware of when making your booking.

     

    Can I use my UK licence to drive my rental in Poland?

    Anyone who drives the rental car (namely the main driver and any additional drivers) are obliged by law to present a valid driving licence at 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 in the Roman alphabet, you will require an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is a mandatory document and only valid when accompanied by their original driving licence. In addition, 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 in the Roman alphabet (for details, please see the terms and conditions on your booking voucher).

    Likewise, it’s also important to be aware of the fact that all car rental suppliers have minimum age requirements. All this information is clearly stated in the voucher’s T&Cs, so it’s essential to read the car supplier’s full terms and conditions in order to verify whether or not the driver will need to present an International Driving Permit (IDP), otherwise they might be refused the vehicle. To request an international driving permit, you simply need to make the request at your local post office and make the relevant payment, which is around £5.50. To apply, drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be a resident of the United Kingdom. Applications cannot be made more than three months prior to travel. To apply for this document by post, the driver must supply a passport photo, a copy of their full driving licence, a photocopy of their passport and a self-addressed envelope in addition to the completed application form and payment.

    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 Poland?

    Yes, you may add one or more additional drivers to your car rental contract in Poland. Some car hire companies include the additional driver fee in their rates, while others will choose to charge you a daily fee at the time of pick-up (the amount of which is determined by the supplier). In any case, additional drivers always need to be registered in the rental agreement and will be asked to present the same documents as the main driver at the time of pick-up (ie driving licence, International Driving Permit where required and passport/personal ID). It’s also possible to have an additional driver named on their reservation when booking through the Auto Europe search engine.

    The costs of adding another driver is clearly stated on the Auto Europe website. After selecting your dates, destination, supplier and car category, just click the Rate Details button below the car info followed by the Driver Information button. You’ll also find the fee on the car rental voucher once your booking has been confirmed.

    Please note that if a friend or family member who is not listed on the car hire agreement decides to drive the vehicle during the rental period, then they will be immediately excluded from any insurance coverage, thus making them liable for the total amount of any damages caused in the event of a collision or theft. For this reason, the main driver will need to properly authorise all additional drivers before departing from the pick-up station.

    It’s very often possible to add another driver absolutely free of charge in destinations all over the world (including Poland) when making a reservation through the Auto Europe booking engine. When planning your trip, don’t forget to consult our Auto Europe Free Additional Driver page to see which suppliers are included in this campaign.

     

    Do I need extra equipment for my car hire in Poland during winter?

    Although snow tyres and other types of winter driving equipment are not yet a legal requirement in Poland, they are highly recommended during the winter months. Drivers usually agree to the use of winter tyres at the beginning of November and use them until the end of March or beginning of April to be on the safe side. During this period, most suppliers will include the winter tyres fee in their rates as part of our free winter tyres promotion, with the exception of Alamo who include it in their daily rates from the 15th of November until the 15th of March. Any requests for winter tyres outside this period is normally payable with a fee, which the main driver is asked to pay at the pick-up point by the local car hire provider.


    Additional Vehicle Rental Options in Poland

    You’ll find all the best Poland car hire deals on our website. And it couldn't be easier to take advantage of our prices, which are cheapest on the market. Just 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. Furthermore, you can choose from an extensive range of vehicles, with small economical cars for city sightseeing and larger, more luxurious vehicles for an exciting 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 Poland fleet guide which provides full details of all the features and specifications to expect in each respective car hire category.

    Luxury Car Hire Poland Hire a Van in Poland Campervan Rentals in Poland

    Luxury Car Hire Poland - Auto Europe offers an excellent range of high performance cars for rent, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than on the motorways of Poland, including the journey on the A2 from Warsaw the capital to the ancient city of Poznan further west.

    Van Hire Poland - What could be more fun than trip around Poland with some of your closest friends or family members in a luxury van or top-of-the-range minibus. Select something from Auto Europe’s modern Van category and you'll be able to enjoy the best of Poland with all the space and comfort you need.

    Campervan hire Poland - There's no better way of touring Poland than with a modern campervan. With Auto Europe you can visit its old towns and villages at a relaxed pace and with your very own hotel on wheels! Save money on hotels and meals while you visit the many romantic castles and ancient monuments in one of Europe's most historic countries.


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