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Car Hire in Warsaw

Car Hire in Warsaw

This information is correct as of July 2015

Warsaw can be considered the cultural capital of Poland. It has several notable museums and galleries, as well as a number of street festivals, musical events, and other high-brow pursuits. It is simply a fascinating city, especially considering that it has been rebuilt well after being flattened in World War II. Going around here can be delightful, as you take note of its unique sights and sounds.

Where to hire a car in Warsaw

Going around Warsaw can be fun, especially if you find a convenient transport option for your needs. In some cases, it is best to have a car to let you move around on your own without having to adhere to a strict schedule. There are several options to consider when renting a car in Warsaw. There are a number of rental operators to consider here, which makes it necessary that you research before arriving in the city. This also allows you to prebook, which can lessen the difficulties of renting.

When it comes to the requirements, you will need to show an International Driving Permit (IDP), which will be valid in Poland for six months from the date you entered this country. The minimum driving age here is 18, with the necessary documents including a valid licence, car rental papers, and insurance documents. All valid EU driving licences are accepted, but if you come from outside the EU, you should have the IDP as backup.

What to expect when hiring a car from Warsaw

Heavy traffic, as expected from big cities, plague Warsaw as well. Its traffic conditions are currently one of the most congested in Europe. This makes it important to avoid driving around during rush hours and schedule your trips when traffic is light. You can think about using the motorways, but you will have to pay tolls. There is a toll charge for every motorway in Poland, making it necessary that you prepare the required amount ahead of time. Congestion charging is not yet implemented here, though, so you do not have to worry about saving up for more driving fees.

When in Warsaw, you should avoid being homed in one-way systems. It can be difficult to get through here without a detailed map. You can go through here for detours, though, but you need to be proficient in navigating the twists and turns so you will not end up in front of a dead end or a narrow lane which your car will not be able to go through. You should also watch out for trams and bicycles going around the city. Upon reaching your destination, you can look for parking in city streets. Zones where it is permitted to park on the pavement or street side are clearly signposted. Paid parking zones also have easy-to-use coin machines. Park and Ride systems are also available at some of the metro stations: Mlociny, Marymont, Wilanowska, Ursynow, Stoklosy, Anin railway station, and the bus hub at 8 Polczynska Str.

Getting to your destination

There are a number of places to check out from Warsaw. Some of them are:

Przasnysz
A town in Poland, Przasnysz features notable people born here. Various attractions can also be found here, such as the Royal Highway pedestrian and bicycle route. There are also canoeing rallies down the Omulew River to do here.

Get on Wisłostrada/Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie from Aleje Jerozolimskie/DW631. Drive along E77 and continue to DK50. Follow DK50 to Wojska Polskiego/DW617 in Ciechanów and then DW617 to Józefa Piłsudskiego/DW544 in Przasnysz. The trip going here can take around two hours, with limited parking opportunities.

Pultusk
A town by the river Narew, Pultusk is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Poland. The floating gondolas on the Narew River has led it to be called 'Little Polish Venice'. Several points of interest can be found here, such as the Gothic church Bazylika Zwiastowania NMP, the old town market, and the Polonia Castle, to name a few.

Drive along Wisłostrada. Take the exit towards DK61/Augustów/Białołęka/Trasa Mostu M. Skłodowskiej-Curie from Wisłostrada. Follow DK61 to your destination in Pułtusk. The drive can be accomplished in an hour and 15 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.

Lodz
Lodz is the third largest city in Poland, which flourished in the 19th century due to the cloth industry. The city is a multicultural mix of Poles, Jews, and Germans, with several attractions such as its internationally known film school, where Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski came from. It also has a local Museum of Art, which features the best collection of contemporary Polish art in the country.

Take Aleje Jerozolimskie and DK7 to E67/E77/S8. Take the exit for E30/E77/S8/E67 from DK7. Follow A2 to DK1/DK14/E75 in województwo łódzkie. Take exit Stryków from A2. Continue on DK14. Drive to Aleja Adama Mickiewicza in Łódź. The estimated travel time when going here is two hours.

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