Car Hire from Kosice Airport
Eastern Slovakia is a relaxed region with a slow pace of life. It is home to national parks, medieval towns and Slovakia’s famous wooden churches. With a car from Kosice Airport, visitors can explore destinations off the beaten track and get a real experience of this picturesque corner of the country.
Where to hire a car at Kosice Airport
Avis, Buchbinder, M&M Auto, Sizt, Hertz, Europcar, DKauto and Budget all have car hire offices at Kosice Airport. They are located in the terminal building, opposite arrivals and departures.
Petrol Stations near Kosice Airport
If you hire a car from Kosice Airport with a “full to full” fuel policy you will be required to return the car with a full tank of fuel.
There is a petrol station just four minutes’ drive from Kosice Airport. It’s an OMV garage on the Moldavská cesta road, just off the E58.
Driving around Kosice Airport
A toll is charged for driving on motorways in Slovakia and all cars need to display a toll sticker (vignette). The sticker can be purchased for one year, one month or 10 day periods and can be bought from posts offices or petrol stations. Some car hire contracts will include a vignette and save you the hassle. Confirm this with your car hire company when collecting your car.
It’s also worth noting that, if you’re travelling with children, only those aged 12 and over are allowed to sit in the front passenger seat.
Main roads close to the airport include the E58 heading south and west along the border with Hungary and east towards Michalovce. Route 68 goes north towards Drienov and south to Seňa.
Getting to your destination
With car hire from Kosice Airport, there are lots of top Slovakian destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
Kosice is a medieval city and was named European Capital of Culture in 2013. It has continued to develop a bustling arts scene and is home to a number of galleries, one with Andy Warhol paintings. Visitors should take in some Kosice’s creative offerings and head to the town’s impressive gothic cathedral before soaking up the cosmopolitan atmosphere at an al fresco café in the pedestrianised central square. Close to Kosice, visitors can also visit a cave network that has been recognised by UNESCO and some beautiful countryside hiking trails. It takes around 15 minutes to get from Kosice Airport to the city centre, heading north on the E58. There are a number of car parks in central Kosice. Street parking is also available and is charged at 1€/hour or 8€/day. Street parking is free on weekday evenings, Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays.
Levoča is a small sleepy town that, despite its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is never overrun with tourists. Highlights of a visit to the town include a walk around the historical centre with a number of impressive Renaissance buildings, the world’s tallest wooden altar in the St. James Church, and old town defence walls. Tasty Slovak cuisine is on offer in the town’s homely eateries and there are a number of town festivals throughout the year.
Levoča is around 85 minutes’ drive from Kosice, taking the E58 towards Kosice city and then route 68 further north. Parking in the small town is easy and reasonably priced.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bardejov is famed for its historic central square, with medieval and Renaissance influences. In the town, there are a number of museums where visitors can learn more about Bardejov’s rich past. In the surrounding area, there is also Bardejovske Kupele, a neighbouring town with thermal spas, and, dotted around the countryside, some of Slovakia’s unique wooden churches.
Bardejov is around 80 minutes’ drive from Kosice Airport, taking the E58 north. There are lots of free street parking spaces in Bardejov. The old town can be a little tricky but generally it’s an easy place to navigate.