Driving a hire car in Poland is particularly advantageous for exploring the Polish countryside. Pick up your hire car booked through TUI Cars at a partner car rental firm at the airports of Cracow, Warsaw or Gdansk, for example, and explore the diverse landscapes, such as the snow-capped Tatra mountains of Silesia, the Baltic coastline shimmering in the light of the late afternoon sun in the north or the Masurian Lake District with its excellent sports and leisure facilities.
However, Poland has plenty to offer on the cultural front too: visitors are attracted to the historical royal palaces in Warsaw and Cracow. The latter is an artistic and cultural metropolis boasting the UNESCO-listed Wawel Royal Castle with its richly decorated graves of the rulers of Poland. From the Hanseatic City of Gdansk you can drive to the Westerplatte peninsula, relax on the beach or look for the legendary Baltic Gold, amber.
The royal history of Cracow
Given the special value of the cobbled historic quarter and the historic Wawel complex, the city of Cracow was placed under special protection by UNESCO.
Park your hire car on the edge of the historic quarter and take a stroll through the medieval city centre with its gothic buildings, especially the St Mary’s Basilica adjacent to the main market. In the immediate vicinity is the old market hall, where craftsmen from all parts of Poland sell souvenirs. You can also dine in one of the traditional restaurants and sample typical regional cuisine such as bigos and pirogues. South of the Old Town you can easily drive by car to Poland's most famous castle on the limestone outcrop that features the Wawel complex. Visit the magnificent palace halls and the royal tombs in Wawel Cathedral. Tourists can also visit the Auschwitz Memorial some 65 kilometres outside Cracow, or the Wieliczka salt mine some 30 minutes’ drive time from Cracow.
Traffic regulations in Poland
If you are driving a hire car in Poland, you should pay attention to some basic regulations. In built-up areas the speed limit is 50 km/h and 60 km/h from 23.00 to 05.00. On country roads the maximum speed is 90 km/h, except for modern motorways where the limit is between 100 and 140 km/h. The road conditions are outstandingly good as many of the motorways were specially built for the 2012 UEFA European Championship. In the case of breakdowns or accidents, the fully-comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance that is included in the price when you book a hire car through TUI Cars come into force. The police must always be informed in the event of accidents, and you should definitely make sure you get a copy of the police report.