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    Car hire in Romania at the best prices

    The eastern Balkans, one of Europe's best kept secrets, may not be the most sought-after mainstream destination but it is surely emerging as an offbeat holiday stop. While touring Romania with car hire from Auto Europe, you can expect mystic landscapes, rich folklore heritage and friendly people. We recommend booking a car hire in Romania to ensure the most flexibility on your trip. Browse through our vast online offers and choose high-quality car hire at the most affordable prices.

    Once in Romania, we recommend visiting Bucharest, the Romanian capital full of history.

    Make the most of your car rental

    We have put together some practical information to help you organise your trip with a car hire in Romania.

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    • Driving in Romania is on the right side of the road.
    • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. You may use a hands-free set.
    • If you need to park on the road, please park on the right side.
    • Always have low-beam lights on even during daytime.
    • Road quality in cities differs to that in rural areas. Drive carefully.
    • Always wear a seatbelt. This applies to other passengers as well.
    • Children younger than 12 are not allowed to sit on a front seat.
    • A safety seat is required for children younger than 3.
    • Speed limit in urban areas is 31mph, on motorways 80mph, while the maximum speed on national and European roads is 62 mph. All other types of roads are limited to 55mph.
    • Most petrol stations in big cities and on the motorway are open 24/7 while those on secondary roads usually close at night. Be sure to tank while in a city to avoid getting stranded. Most of the petrol stations take credit cards. However, we recommend having some cash on you to avoid potential hassle.


    The old system of paying for tolls in cash at motorway booths has been replaced with that of vignettes like in some of the other countries from the region such as Slovenia, Hungary or Austria. A vignette is mandatory not only on motorways but throughout the whole network of national roads. Rovignette validity varies from daily ones to those valid for a year. Buy a Rovignette at petrol stations, border crossings or other labelled shops.

    Age Requirements

    It is mandatory to have an international driving licence to hire a car in Romania. The minimum driver's age for car hire is 21. Please note that drivers younger than 25 may need to pay a young driver fee surcharge. Find more information on driving in Romania in our guide.


    The currency in Romania, despite the country being part of the EU, is still Romanian Leu. You can exchange pounds and euros at one of the many exchange bureaus (Casa de Schimb) across the country.

    Time difference

    Romania is classified as an Eastern European Time Zone country (EET). This means that it is two hours ahead of the UK.


    Hello - Salut
    How are you? - Ce mai faci?
    I'm from - Eu sunt din
    How much is this? - Cât cost??
    Where's the toilet? - Unde este toaleta?
    I am British. - Sunt britanic.
    Have a good journey! - Drum bun!


    The electric current in Romania is 230V and power sockets are type F. Therefore, you will need a power plug adapter while visiting Romania.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    With Romania being part of the EU, British citizens are not required a visa for travelling into the country. Should any problems arise during your stay and you need help from the embassy, here you can find the address and other contact details:

    British Embassy Bucharest
    Strada Jules Michelet 24,
    Bucharest 010463, Romania
    Telephone: +40 21 201 7200

    Useful link

    Romania Airport Information

    Romania Travel Information

    Tourist Office of Romania