Car Hire at Bucharest Otopeni Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Romania is a country worth exploring, and when you hire a car at Bucharest Otopeni Airport you have the freedom to see it on your own terms. Zip around one of Europe’s largest cities, or take a drive out to a secluded mountain lake for an afternoon: the choice is yours.
Where to hire a car at Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Touring, Autonom and Boca all offer car rental from Bucharest Otopeni Airport. The car hire desks can be found in the corridor connecting the arrival and departure terminals.
Petrol stations near Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a Lukoil petrol station just south of the airport entrance on the DN-1 National Road. If you’re coming from Bucharest you’ll pass it on your way to the airport.
Driving around Bucharest Otopeni Airport
The DN-1 National Road passes the airport. The road around the airport was upgraded ten years ago, and has three lanes of traffic in each direction. It’s not quite a motorway but it’s still a big and formidable road. Make sure you’re comfortable with your car before leaving the airport.
Getting to your destination
Romania’s buzzing capital city is packed with hidden gems, whether you prefer funky independent cafes or hidden orthodox churches. Check out our top 10 things to do in Bucharest for inspiration.
It takes about half an hour to drive into downtown Bucharest from the airport. Parking is widely available throughout the city. Council operated spaces charge between 9am and 5pm, and usually it costs 1.5 RON (about 25p) per hour. You buy your ticket from a parking attendant: usually they’ll wander over when they see you leave your car. Private car parks charge more, about 3 RON (50p) per hour.
Beautiful mountain scenery makes this Transylvanian city a favourite destination with tourists from all over the world.
It takes about two hours and 15 minutes to drive to Brasov from Bucharest Otopeni Airport. Car parking in the town centre can be tricky, although there are some parking spaces and car parks. Always leave a ticket on your dashboard, or you could end up with a fine.
Lakes, forests, and monasteries make this area a popular day trip from Bucharest. Dracula fans take note: the body of Vlad the Impaler is said to be buried here.
It takes less than half an hour to drive to Snagov from Bucharest International Airport. Car parking is widely available, due to the rural location. Most hotels in Snagov have guest car parks for their customers to use, perfect if you don’t want to let your rental car out of your sight.
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