For more independent travel in Ukraine, renting a car may be a good idea. Many of the world's leading car rental companies have offices throughout Ukraine. It should be easy to hire a car but all the different insurances and conditions of hire can make it hard to make the right choice.
Renting a car in Ukraine may take some extra legwork, but it also can be a fun way to explore a new country, particularly for those who prefer to take the route less traveled.
Ukraine is signed up to the International Driving Permit 1949 Convention regarding driving permits, so International Driving Permit (IDP) is good for hiring a car in Ukraine. However, many foreigners who come to Ukraine and hire cars here drive with their country’s licenses no problem. It’s always a good idea to write a quick e-mail on that issue to the car rental company you are planning to hire from.
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Book in advance. Rental rates are almost always higher at the counter than they will be over the phone or online, even just 24 hours before pickup. If you have time, make a comparison. Visit the websites of several rental agencies and search for identical cars on your travel dates.
Whenever possible, make all car rental arrangements, from booking to payment, before you leave your home country. Doing it this way generally makes the process cheaper, easier, safer and less likely to include hidden clauses. Once you are overseas, shifting exchange rates, unfamiliar rental specs, language barriers and other cultural differences can cause unexpected problems.
Every country has its own driving rules so it's smart to do some basic homework on driving rules in Ukraine before you ever climb behind the wheel here.
Most rental cars in Ukraine have an automatic transmission, but if you are looking for a cheaper option you'll need to know how to drive a manual transmission.
While traveling around Ukraine you should be careful regarding filling the tank of your rented car with fuel. In some regions you may not see a gas station in hours so it’s always a good thing to keep your tank more than a half full all the time. And speaking of gas, don't forget that fuel prices vary greatly from country to country. GlobalPetrolPrices.com website can provide a quick price check on country fuel prices (listed in US dollars by liter) so you can devise a budget before you leave.
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International car rental companies that can be found in major Ukrainian cities are the following ones: SIXt, BUDGET, AVIS and EuRopcar. Their pick-up and drop-off offices can be found at the airports mainly with head offices located at the downtown. Of course, there are other local car rental companies that often offer cars at lower rates than their international competitors, however, it’s better to deal with an international company in Ukraine car rental-wise.
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