“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
Renting a car is always a great solution, if you like to travel independently. No train or flight schedules and almost absolute freedom of traveling. I will try to give you the full information on the process of the car rental in Ukraine, its benefits and pitfalls.
Basic Rules and Regulations
As in almost any other country, renting a car in Ukraine is regulated by the law, which defines specific requirements.
Age. According to Ukrainian laws, you have to be 18 to drive a car. Car rental services commonly set a 21-23 years age requirement for business class cars and at least 30 years to the luxury cars rental.
Driving license. You need an international driving license to rent and drive a car in Ukraine. All European licenses are valid in Ukraine.
Driving experience.Some rental services can demand at least 1-2 years of driving experience. Just to be positive about your ability to bring the car back safe.
Deposit. Any car rental service will demand a deposit for a car. Average deposit varies from 50 to 100 USD.
You can find both local and international car rental services in Ukraine. Notice, that international services commonly charge more for the deposit than the local ones.
Is it worth renting a car in Ukraine?
Before calling the car rental service, think about the way you are going to use the car.
Considering the traffic in cities like Kyiv, Kharkiv or Lviv, I would highly recommend using the taxi or ordering the private guide. Otherwise, you’ll carry a risk of spending lots of time in the traffic instead of enjoying the sightseeing attractions.
On the other hand, renting a car to drive out of the city is completely another cup of tea. I used to take a car for a rent to reach the castles in Ternopil or Lviv regions, as they are located far from the city and local transport routes.
If you spend your time in Kyiv, consider visiting the Kaniv by car. It can turn out as a great one-day car trip thanks to the perfect road and beautiful nature. You can find information on other great Ukrainian destinations on our YouTube channel.
Considering the amount of things you can see and do with the help of a car, I think it would make sense to rent a car:
- for 2-3 days in Lviv (the center is great for walks on foot, but with car, you can visit castles and fortresses outside the city)
- 2 days in Kyiv;
- 4-5 days in Odessa (great chance to go to the beach or visit such places as Vylkoveor the Bilhorod-Dnister fortress)
Is it reliable?
In most of the cases, rental services in Ukraine are very reliable. The biggest rental companies, like SIXT, Avis, Rental.ua, Budget.ua etc, are strong and trusting services.
For your protection, such companies will offer you to sign a standard agreement and take out an insurance policy.
Large foreign and local rental services hire only English-speaking staff, so you won’t have any troubles in communicating with them.
Many companies provide such services as:
- Airport transfer
- Rent a car with driver
- Long term car rental
I used to rent a car from the car rental services that have offices in various cities around Ukraine. For example, you can land in Kyiv, rent a car in local office of the company, drive to Odessa and leave the car there.
The cost of the rental services depend, of course, on the car you’ve chosen and the rental company that provides it.
The overall cost will commonly consist of:
- Deposit (around 50-150 USD)
- Daily cost (around 20-50 USD per day)
- Tariff per km, if you go above 400 km (around 0.25 USD per km)
All cars are commonly supplied with the full tank. You need to refill it before bringing the car back. So, you need to add the gas cost to the final calculations. Today, average gas cost is around 1-1.5 USD per liter.
Booking the car beforehand makes the price lower. Many companies offer discounts for the advanced reservation.
Most cars have the automatic transmission, but you can choose one with the manual, if you are on a budget.
Now you have the most important information about the process of renting a car in Ukraine. Basic rules are no different from the similar services in Europe countries or USA. Drive safe and have a great time in Ukraine!