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Bran Castle
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Iron Gates
Iron Gates

About Romania (RO)

Located on the western shore of the Black Sea, Romania (RO) is known for an abundance of natural attractions and its diversity of cultural and historical heritage. Visitors may be surprised by the contrast of opposites, of Old and New World elements, found in medieval villages next door to modern cities. Romania’s reputation as a tourist destination has been built on the Carpathian Mountains, ancient Bronze Age fortresses, epic grasslands, dense forests, and Transylvania and the legend of Count Dracula. Generally speaking the eastern regions of Romania have retained much of its Old World charm, while the west has a decidedly modern look and feel. The capital city of Bucharest continues to be the primary destination for international travelers, and a great entry point for neighboring Bulgaria to the south.

  Getting around

First, the good news. Romania is well connected by a network of national and European expressways leading to major cities. With an abundance of outdoor destinations and historical sites spread out around the country, most visitors will want to rent a car. Now, the bad news. Most secondary routes are in very bad shape, poorly lit, and occupied by drivers who’ve earned a reputation for being the worst in Europe, with the highest rate of traffic fatalities in the region. Meanwhile, outside of urban areas, you’ll be sharing the roads with all and sundry varieties of livestock and wild animals. Driving at night in Romania is regarded as prohibitive. And be especially mindful of pedestrians who’ve been forced into roadways by vehicles parked on sidewalks — a very common problem in developed areas. Otherwise, Romania is a sensationally beautiful place with plenty to see and do. Just be careful and aware.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Romania can be acquired from National, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, and Avis. Choose from all vehicle classes: economy, standard, intermediate, and fullsize sedans, 7-12 seater minivans, estate wagons, SUVs, and luxury and premium vehicles.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Romania


Driving into countries that border Romania is generally not a problem, with the glaring exception of Moldova to the northeast, where border control officers are known to ask for money and delay onward travel until you hand over a couple of Euros.


The roads around Transylvania were constructed over medieval routes that are, for the most part, narrow and poorly illuminated.


Your car hire should be equipped with a vignette for accessing expressways and national highways. If not, the vignette can be purchased from fuel stations and toll booths at the entrance to major roadways.


The roads in and around Bucharest are constantly improving, but that also equates to major delays caused by road construction. Meanwhile, minor collisions are almost unavoidable in some areas. Fortunately, these incidents can be resolved between parties involved without calling the police. More than likely, a local driver will plead with you not to call the cops. However, for your own safety, it’s best to report the incident; otherwise, your car hire provider is not obligated to honor your Collision Damage Waiver.


Cheap car rentals are plentiful in Romania, but be advised that deposits are well above the European average, sometimes in excess of 10x your total bill.


Other than major expressways, roads in Romania are exceptionally narrow. Consider renting a minicar or compact vehicle to ease the stress of navigation.

Romania Driving Ideas Guide

Romania is a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty offering some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. The Carpathian Mountains (Transylvanian Alps), is a major feature in this mysterious landscape, where you will find ancient legends, rare species of wildlife and at least 4,000 caves of which many can be explored.

Even though Romania is one of the largest countries in Europe, most of the popular tourist destinations are a relative short drive apart. Romania is a unique travel experience, and a very affordable destination, waiting to be discovered.

Discover the land of castles from Bucharest to Brasov

Spend at least a day exploring Bucharest, the capital.  The city's unique charm can be best observed in the area known as Lipscani, which consists of a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Bucharest's oldest and arguably most charming street, and the Dambovita River. Don’t miss the fantastic local cuisine on offer here.

A wonderful day drive from Bucharest is the 166 km to Sinaia and Brasov. Sinaia, also known as ‘The Carpathian Pearl’, is the oldest and most famous mountain tourist resort in Romania. It is especially suited for forest hiking in breathtaking scenery.

En route, take a short detour at Predeal to the village of Bran, to visit the 14th century Bran Castle. Brasov is a town that has retained its medieval atmosphere. Some sightseeing highlights include Brasov Fortress, Franciscan Monastery, old Saxon architecture and citadel ruins. For a panoramic view of Brasov and the surrounding Carpathians Mountains take the cable car to Postavarul Peak in Poiana Brasov.

Go with the flow of the mighty Danube River - ’The King of the European Rivers’

Another great drive from Bucharest follows the Danube river along Romania's southern border.  The Danube enters the territory of Romania at the famous Iron Gates (Portile de Fier) and ends its 1078km journey through the country in the Black Sea. Here it forms one of the most spectacular wetlands in the world - the Danube Delta - a unique 5400 square km wildlife reserve.

Among the many sights worth visiting, near or along the Romanian section of the Danube River, are the ruins of the Roman bridge at Drobeta, Topolnita Cave and the Iron Gates Dam. Make this a leasurely day drive from Bucharest to the Delta, but allow enough time to stop and explore along the way. The full route will take a number of days.

Transfagarasan mountain road (7C): the world's best road trip

Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, featuring Sibiu with its cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses, and Sighisoara, adorned with a hilltop citadel and secret passageways.  Tiny shops offer antiques and fine handmade products by local artisans and artists.

The 90km Transfagarasan mountain road (open only in summer) is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It runs through the Fagaras mountains, a part of the Transylvanian Alps connecting Transylvania with Muntenia. The Transfagarasan starts at Brasov, near Pitecti and follows the valley of the River Arges. Rising to 2134m, the road then slowly descends to Cartisoara in the Olt valley, where it ends.  At the highest point, near Balea-lake, is Romania’s  longest and highest tunnel.

Passing through the Arges River gorge and beyond the last village, Capataneni, you'll see a road sign to Poenari Castle (Dracula’s Castle). The ruins of this fortress are on top of a high cliff. Dare to climb the 1480 stairs to the top - the view is certainly worth the effort and the best I-was-here-moment to share. Having crossed Romania, driving this famous road is a fitting way to end your trip.

We can help you get more out of your visit to Romania with a wide range of deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation available at Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels. We really do believe that the less you spend the more you can do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthancars Team

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Romania

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Romania?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Romania?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Romania?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Romania?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Romania?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Romania?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Romania?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Romania?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Romania?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Romania?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Romania?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Romania?