Nov 25, 2012 21:47 - 84petersmith | 4,001 views
The public transport system in Warsaw, Krakow, or any other city in Poland is so fast and efficient that hardly any tourist finds any shortcomings in it. Whether it is trams, buses or metro trains, all are extremely efficient and make moving around the country in any city really simple and easy. However, there are some tourists who prefer hiring cars to explore the country as it gives them the liberty to stop at any place for a longer duration and the liberty to go to places that are not covered by the public transport system.
If you are in Poland for around a week, and also plan to go to interiors of the country and not remain confined to big cities like Warsaw and Krakow, renting a car may be a good option. Having a car at one’s disposal all the time is good not just for the tourists but also business men who need to reach a meeting place at a scheduled time from their booked apartments in Warsaw or Krakow.
All international car rental companies are here in Poland.
Though there are several car rental companies like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Payless, National, Budget, Travel Jigsaw, etc, the rates for renting a car in Poland tend to be high because of the fact that tourists rarely book a car since the public transport system is highly efficient. Small cars are available for around 20 Euros a day while sedans and SUVs for a large family or a group of tourists can cost more than 100 Euros per day.
Booking before arrival is sure to get you cheaper rates.
You can get car rental companies right at the airport, but trying to negotiate the prices there is a bit difficult and it is rather prudent to book online before arriving in Poland. Make sure you have a valid driver’s license and carry all the car papers provided by the rental company with you wherever you go inside Poland.
Rent a car only if you feel confident about Polish roads and drivers.
Road conditions in many parts of Poland cannot be said to be in top condition. Even in cities like Krakow and Warsaw, you may encounter potholes on roads. Road conditions are not the only problem for foreign tourists who wish to drive around in rented cars. Polish drivers are certainly not the best in the world and you must remain wary of cars bumping into you from all directions.
Ask for the list of cars to choose one you like.
Before finalizing a car rental, do ask if they have an automatic transmission car for you as most companies rent out cars with manual transmissions. Check if there is prompt assistance in the rare case of vehicle breakdown as it causes irritation and unnecessary delays if you get stuck in any such conditions.
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