Renting a car to explore Czech Republic means that you get to spend your vacation time efficiently. Plus, many of the highways have been recently updated, so links to major cities are much better. Harder-to-reach locations like Litomysl in the east of Czech Republic require a car to visit, as do the northern towns of Sumperk, Hanusovice, and Kralicky Sneznik.
If you plan to visit several cities on your Czech vacation, you should consider renting a saloon model, which is not only comfortable but is ideal for longer highway journeys. For inner-city driving, compact vehicles are well-suited for the narrow roads and small parking lots. Estate cars are best for larger groups with lots of luggage.
When you rent a car in Czech Republic, children under 150 cm (5 ft) in height or under 36 kg (79 lb) in weight must use appropriate, safety-standard child restraints, whether they are traveling in the front or the rear of the car. If you are traveling to and from the airport, you will either need to bring your own car seat or rent one from the car rental company for around 115 Kč ($36).
You will be able to cross the border in your rental car from Czech Republic into the rest of Europe, but regulations may vary depending on the category of your vehicle. Also, you need to first obtain permission from your car rental company. There are newly built highways, like the D2, that connect Prague to Pilsen and that also extend to the German border.
25% of our users found rental cars in Czech Republic for $39 or less
Book your rental car in Czech Republic at least 6 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport rental car locations in Czech Republic are around 30% more expensive than airport locations on average
Mini rental cars in Czech Republic are around 81% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in the Czech Republic
On average a rental car in Czech Republic costs $38 per day.
Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Czech Republic.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Ace ($22/day), Rent Plus ($28/day) and Right Cars ($32/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Czech Republic is Budget (7.8, 192 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Czech Republic are Prague (91% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Czech Republic), Brno (6%) and Ostrava (2%).
On average a rental car in Czech Republic costs $402 per week ($57 per day).
On average a rental car in Czech Republic costs $1,722 per month ($57 per day).
When you rent a car in Czech Republic, you will need to drive on the right, overtake on the left, and always give way to the right. During daylight hours, you are required to use dimmed headlights. If you are driving on an expressway or highway—because they are toll roads, you are required to purchase a toll sticker. These vignette toll stickers are available to buy at post offices, border posts, gas stations, and at all Ustrední Automotoklub Ceské Republiky (UAMK) branch offices.
If you want to rent a car in Czech Republic, you have to be 21 years old and have possessed your driving license for at least two years. Any drivers under the age of 25 may be liable to pay a young driver surcharge. If any driver is over 60 years old, they must provide a valid medical certificate when collecting the rental car. You can use both an international license and an EU driving license to rent a car in the country.
You can expect to pay around 33.28 Kč ($1.47) per liter of gas in Czech Republic. The network of gas stations in Czech Republic is dense, and they all offer gasoline. These gas stations are known as "benzín" in Czech. You will need to pay for the gas at the kiosk, as payment is not accepted at the pump.
The speed limits in Czech Republic are as follows: in residential areas, the limit can vary from 30 km/h (18 mph) to 50 km/h (31 mph), or otherwise signposted; on national roads, the maximum speed limit is 90 km/h (56 mph); and on highways and expressways, the limit is 130 km/h (80 mph). The local police can issue on-the-spot fines and may demand immediate payment of fines, which cost up to $220 (5000 Kč).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals 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 rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.