Car rental Czech Republic

Car rental Czech Republic

General information and regulations

In order to rent a car in the Czech Republic you have to be 23 years old (some companies maintain the age of 21 however) and drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. One year of driving experience is required at most rental companies.

Traffic travels on the right and seatbelts are mandatory. The speed limits are as follows: in the city 37mph/50kph, on open roads 55mph/90kph and highways 81mph/130kph.

In general, the roads are good although in some urban areas you have to be aware of gravel roads and pebble stone roads.

Driving in the Czech Republic with a rental car

The total length of the roads in the Czech Republic is 55,500 km and only a small percentage consists of highway. There is a highway from Prague to Brno, which is called the D1. The distance between these cities is only 185 km and therefore easy to drive within a day. Brno has a couple of charming castles and contemporary architectural beauty. The city is known for "Ignis Brunensis", a fireworks contest which draws 200,000 visitors annually.

The Czech Republic has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and most of these are well worth a visit. Not only the historical centre of Prague but Ceský Krumlov (gothic style, Renaissance and Baroque at 142 from Prague), Telc (many castles and churches at 125 km from Prague) and Kutná Hora (62 km from Prague, the beautiful 'Silver city' of Bohemia) are all perfect daytrips.

Last but not least, the town of Kromeríž, at 230 km from Prague, with the Baroque Kromeríž Bishop's Palace and park. The castle has some impressive flower gardens.

Renting a car in the Czech Republic

Prague (Ruzyne) Airport has many car rental companies, such as Alimex CR, Avis, Czechocar, Dvorak, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Reserving a car upfront can also be arranged through EasyTerra. This website compares the rates of car rental companies for your convenience.