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Kraków

Europe > Poland > Kraków

See: Why hire a car in Kraków ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Kraków car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Kraków is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Kraków? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Kraków between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Kraków using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Kraków ?


Why not? Visiting Kraków without a car

Why don't you need a car in Kraków ?


Ratings: How does Kraków compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Kraków? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Kraków, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Kraków? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Kraków (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Kraków? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Kraków airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Kraków car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 3

2021 - 2

Average score - 3

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Kraków ?

Our general advice is that this part of Poland has excellent public transport if you are just planning on travelling within and between the major cities, including Katowice and the world heritage site that is the centre of Kraków itself.

Many visitors to Kraków will also want to visit the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, and this can also be done (perhaps rather chillingly) by train. From Krakow direct, it’s quicker by bus – either way, you will need to go to the town of Oswiecim first, and then take a short walk from the rail / bus station.

Looking further south and into the Tatra mountains, then this is where getting a hire car in Kraków starts to become useful, but it’s also still possible, for example, to travel to a destination such as Zakopane by utilising local train services, even if they might take twice as long as driving yourself. Kraków is also a good starting point for a road trip into neighbouring Slovakia, a country which only has a limited number of inward flights via the capital Bratislava.

For anyone considering a multicity tour of Poland, it’s also easy enough to continue onwards by train from Kraków to either Lodz or the Polish capital Warsaw, although if your aim is to travel around smaller towns to the south or to the west and to focus more on rural areas rather than big cities, then a hire car might still be useful.
When compared with Western European countries, Polish rail services are generally very cheap, with first-class tickets available for a small supplement, although the rail network as a whole is generally lacking in investment. Some visitors might prefer to make inter-city journeys by coach.

 

  • Kraków car hire makes sense for driving around small towns.
  • Ideal for visiting the Tatra mountains – and faster than taking trains here.
  • Rail network is slow and out-dated in many places.

 

No need to travel around major cities in the region, including to Katowice.

  • City of Kraków has wealth of cultural attractions – no need to leave city at all on a shorter break!
  • Excellent public transport within Kraków.
  • Historical industrial attractions are within easy reach by public transport.
  • Tatra mountains by train – slower than driving and indirect, but still workable.
  • Trains are ideal for multi-city itineraries – see also Warsaw and Poznan car hire advice.
  • Wieliczka salt mine – an easy excursion by train or bus from Krakow http://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/.

Verdict

Should you rent a car in Kraków? On balance, our Kraków car hire advice is that there is certainly no need to get one here for the most popular urban attractions, but that a rental car might be useful for some visitors.

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Poland

Poznan

Europe > Poland > Poznan

See: Why hire a car in Poznan ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Poznan car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Poznan is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Poznan ? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Poznan between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

[james]
I briefly visited Poznan when travelling by train and ferry between Berlin and Copenhagen in 2008. As with any other large European city that was previously situated behind the Iron Curtain, Poznan has a perfectly adequate tram and bus network.[jamesend]

Why? Visiting Poznan using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Poznan ?


Poznan also has a very traditional urban core and some fantastic historic buildings. Visitors will probably also want to get out a bit beyond the city and start exploring further afield. For this, we think that a hire car generally makes a lot of sense.

Why not? Visiting Poznan without a car

Why don't you need a car in Poznan ?


  • No need for a car within the city.
  • Poznan is a vibrant, historic city. There’s plenty to see and do here, so you may not want to travel much further, especially if you are here on a short city break.
  • Rail network is substantial, if a little old!
  • Buses provide links to most nearby towns and villages.

Ratings: How does Poznan compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Poznan ? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Poznan , and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Poznan ? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Poznan (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Poznan ? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Poznan airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Poznan car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 3

Average score - 5

Notes:

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Poznan? A rental car here is far from essential, and there certainly no need for one within the city centre, but it will probably come in handy for travelling further beyond.

Summary

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Poland

Warsaw

Europe > Poland > Warsaw

See: Why hire a car in Warsaw ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

If your plan is just to visit the city of Warsaw, then it’s easy enough to get around using local public transport. A hire car is probably going to be useful for heading out elsewhere beyond the city.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Warsaw car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Warsaw is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Warsaw? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Warsaw between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Warsaw using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Warsaw ?


  • This might well depend on the size of your group. The Polish railway network is in significant need of investment. It’s still excellent value if you’re travelling on your own or just as a couple, but if you’re travelling as a family and going to fill a car, the chances are that you’ll be better off taking that option.
  • Whilst Poland is a country perhaps best noted for its historic cities, there are also numerous national parks and other scenic areas around Warsaw which are best visited with a car.

Why not? Visiting Warsaw without a car

Why don't you need a car in Warsaw ?


  • Public transport is still high quality. You have the choice of buses, trams, metro and local trains.
  • The Polish train network is comprehensive, if a little old!

Ratings: How does Warsaw compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Warsaw, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Warsaw (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Warsaw airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Warsaw car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 7

2021 - 2

Average score - 4

Notes:

 

Do you need a car in Warsaw? Since Warsaw is the natural starting point for a longer trip around Poland, especially for visitors arriving from further afield, we think a hire car is something that might be worth looking into.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Warsaw ?