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Bucharest is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)
General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Bucharest?
Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.
Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Bucharest between the peak and the off peak season?
5/10 (0 = stable prices)
Driving score: 5/10
Non car score:2/10
(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)
General comment -
Ceausescu’s influence is still stamped firmly on the country’s parliament, which was his former palace, and the scale of some of these developments is such that it might be best to travel around in some sort of motorised transport, but this could easily be a bus or taxi rather than a hired car.
Bucharest has also invested heavily, and continues to invest in a mass transit metro system, and buses and trams are still widely available. This gives a natural leaning towards not hiring a car if you just plan to stay within the centre of Bucharest, but of course this would be missing out on all of the best scenery which Romania has to offer.
Why? Visiting Bucharest using a hire car
Why do you need a car in Bucharest ?
Should you hire a car in Bucharest?
Why not? Visiting Bucharest without a car
Why don't you need a car in Bucharest ?
Ratings: How does Bucharest compare?
Is it worth hiring a car in Bucharest? TBC
This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Bucharest, 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 Bucharest? TBC
This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Bucharest (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 Bucharest? 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
High Speed Rail:
Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):
As you start ....
Does Bucharest airport have a direct rail link?
(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No
Has our advice for Bucharest car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?
2017 - 7
2019 - 6
2021 - 7
Average score - 7
Should you hire a car in Bucharest? On balance, a recommendation for Bucharest is that a hire car is probably useful.
Do you or don't you need a car in Bucharest ?