Car hire in Czechia
Tips for a cheap rental car
Hiring a car in Czechia opens up many exciting opportunities to fully explore the country. With a hired car, getting around and finding secret, hidden spots is made easy. Czechia, with its beautiful nature, offers tons of fantastic views which really are best found and enjoyed by car.
Renting a car in Czechia is not at all costly and is an apt way of getting around and discovering the country. On this webpage you’ll find tips and advice on both renting and driving a car in Czechia.
Rules and requirements
Certain requirements and regulations apply for car hire in Czechia. These will vary depending on the company but there are a few general rules:
- The age limit for car hire in Czechia is 21 years, but it can be higher for some types of cars.
- Most car hire companies require that the driver has had a driving license for at least a year, but this may vary from company to company.
- Many car hire companies will charge extra if the driver is under 25 years old.
- Some car hire companies do not allow drivers over 70 years old.
As mentioned, these rules may vary depending on the car hire company. Because of this it is important to check the specific rules of the company you choose before booking the car.
Add-ons at booking
Should you want extra equipment in the car, e.g. a GPS or a child car seat, make sure to add it when booking as this is easier.
Adding a GPS in your rental car can be a very good idea as Czechia has many small roads and it is quite easy to get lost without proper guidance.
If you are travelling with children, be aware that by Czech law children under 12 must sit in a child car seat or booster seat.
Driving in Czechia
In recent years the larger roads in Czechia have greatly improved, making general driving in the country smooth and easy. However, one should be aware that the smaller roads might still be in bad condition.
The driving style in Czechia is relatively aggressive. As a driver it is important to be alert, especially when driving in the cities. Keep a sufficient distance to other vehicles and drive safely!
Most motorways in Czechia are tolled. The toll is payed with a vignette, which should be placed in the windscreen of the car. The car hire company will usually supply the toll vignette, but make sure to check this with your company.
Like most of Europe, Czechia has right-hand traffic. In urban areas the speed limit is 50 km/h, on main roads it is 90 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h. Dipped headlights must always be switched on.
The traffic rules in Czechia are similar to most European countries, but there are a few distinctive rules worth mentioning:
- In Czechia there is zero tolerance for drink driving. Therefore, be sure to never drink and drive in Czechia.
- It is absolutely prohibited to use a mobile phone without a hands-free whilst driving.
- At a red light, a right turn is only allowed if the traffic lights also display a green arrow.
- If you need to get out of the car on a travelled road you must wear a reflective vest, regardless of the time of the day.
- If you happen to get stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway, you must turn on the emergency warning lights to alert vehicles behind you. There must also always be an empty lane in between the queues in case of rescue vehicles needing to pass.