Slovakia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Slovakia-
You can drive on the licence of European countries for up to six months. Children under the age of 12 must not sit in the front seat of moving vehicles. Roads are generally in good condition but are single lane away from large towns. The standard can be aggressive, with drivers often going too fast, pushing into dangerously small gaps, tailgating and overtaking on bends and hills. You will encounter slow moving vehicles, often in decrepit states of repair and with poor lighting in rural areas- you should exercise caution when driving at night. If driving abroad in Slovakia in winter, equip your car for severe driving conditions. Check with the rental company if winter tyres, are needed and if travelling outside Bratislava carry blankets, hot drinks in a thermos-flask, sacking (to help give tyres purchase in slippery conditions) and a shovel. Vehicles must have their headlights switched on all year round, regardless of the weather and whether they are in a town or out in the country. Slovakia has a zero tolerance approach to drinking and all drivers involved in an accident will be given a breath test as a matter of course.
Slovakia Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, all have outlets in Bratislava. Some have offices in Kosice too.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
This is a local company with an English language website-
Slovakia Self Drive Rules –
The different rental companies all have different terms regarding cross border rentals and often seem to have a totally random group of ‘allowed’ countries . eg . Sixt allow cars to be taken to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain. Hertz are even more specific saying – Hertz vehicles cannot be driven into and/or dropped off in any African, Asian or Middle East country, nor across the borders of or beyond the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, or any islands.In addition, Hertz vehicles must not take the boat, ferry or otherwise.Hertz vehicles may be driven to but not dropped off in Croatia (except Rijeka and Zagreb), Denmark (except Copenhagen), Hungary (except Budapest) and Spain (except Barcelona and Madrid). In fact the rules for Slovakia are as complex as I’ve seen for any country. My advice is to identify which company you want to use then tell them where you intend to drive and see what they say!