By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Warsaw?

Do you need a car in Warsaw > Should you rent a car in Warsaw Poland > Warsaw ( WAW )

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.

Do you need a car in Warsaw? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Warsaw?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Warsaw?

Warsaw Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 518 - of which 50 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • 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? Why not? Ratings Comments

Warsaw public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around 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!


Car rental in - Warsaw Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Warsaw?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Warsaw?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Warsaw?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Warsaw if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Warsaw if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Warsaw if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Warsaw on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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.

Would you hire a car in Warsaw?

Have you driven in Warsaw? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Warsaw?
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