During the winter, from mid-November until the end of March, cars in Slovakia must be fitted with winter tires. Also known as mud and snow tires, the minimum tread depth for these tires is 3 mm. You may also want to consider asking your rental car company to provide you with snow chains if there is snow on the roads.
If you are planning on driving your rental car across the Slovakian border, you will need to check with your car hire agency. Most car hire companies will allow you to travel into Western Europe; however, driving to Italy is on request. Cross-border rentals might not be permitted into the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia, and all countries in Africa.
When you need to park in Slovakia, remember to do so on the right-hand side, and never on one-way streets. In major cities like Bratislava, you will find parking in the downtown area in designated lots. The average price for parking is 0,60 € ($0.67) for 30m.
Slovakia child safety rules state that children under the age of 12, if they are shorter than 150 cm, can only sit in the rear seat of the car—and only if the vehicle is equipped with a car seat. Only passengers older than 12 may travel in the front seat, and they must fasten their seat belts.
Book your rental car in Slovakia at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini rental cars in Slovakia are around -2% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Slovakia
Mini (Skoda Fabia or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Slovakia.
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Slovakia are Bratislava (50% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Slovakia), Košice (25%) and Poprad (25%).
When you rent a car in Slovakia, you will need to drive on the right-hand side of the road, overtaking on the left. It is mandatory for you to wear a seatbelt in the car and to keep your headlights on low beam at all times. There is also a zero-tolerance policy on driving under the influence in the country. Additionally, the use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited. You must always remember to give priority to traffic on the right. If you are planning to drive on the highways, it is necessary to have a toll sticker (vignette), which can be purchased at post offices and petrol stations for 10 € ($11.22) for a 10-day vignette.
If you want to rent a car in Slovakia, the minimum age for drivers is 21; however, this can vary depending on the car’s category. For example, some car classes have a maximum rental age of 70 years old. To those drivers under 25 years old, they may incur a young driver surcharge. If you are a non-EU driver, you must present a valid driver’s license along with your passport to the car hire agency. When driving, you must carry at all times a valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration documents.
You will find that the average price of petrol is 1.42 € ($1.60) per liter or $6.05 per gallon, when you rent a car in Slovakia. You will find most petrol stations located along the main highways and major towns; however, in Bratislava there are very few petrol stations. Most petrol stations in the country are self-service and stay open for 24h, seven days a week.
Before you drive in Slovakia, you will need to know the national speed limits. In urban areas the speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph). When you drive on the highway, there is a minimum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a maximum speed limit of 128 km/h (80 mph). The minimum speed for country roads is 65 km/h (40 mph), while the maximum speed you can drive is 88 km/h (55 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.