Chisinau Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Chisinau

The capital of the Republic of Moldova, Chișinău, is a city with strong ties to its neighbors in Eastern Europe, Romania and Ukraine via railway and the E584 route. It's also linked to Europe through international coach services and direct flights. Located only 13 km from the city center, Chișinău International Airport is home to the local Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch, where flexible pick-ups and returns allow for convenient car hire in Chisinau.

What to do and see in Chisinau

Chișinău is a small city with high tourist potential. Brimming with history, it was home to human settlers as far back as the Stone Age. In more recent times, it became an important commercial hub that kept rising from the rubble of war and annexation. Today, it's a well-organized city that dazzles with its vast parks, distinctive architecture and various festivals.

Your city break in Chisinau should start with a thorough exploration of the central area. The city's pride and joy is the statue of Stephen the Great and Holy, voivode and prince of the wider historical region of Moldova. Its unveiling commemorated Bessarabia's reunion with Romania. Today, it towers over the country's oldest park, known locally as "the lovers' park."

Also in the heart of the city, between the Government House and the Cathedral, lies the Triumphal Arch. This was built in 1840 to commemorate the Russian Empire's victory over the Ottomans. The arch houses a massive, 6.4-tonne bell made from smelting the Turkish cannons captured in the war.

History buffs will also enjoy a brief visit to the Alexander Pushkin Museum, the author's place of refuge after being exiled from Russia. Visitors also can't miss the Monument to "Heroes of the Leninist Komsomol" on Grigore Vieru Boulevard or the nearby Monument to the Victims of the Jewish Ghetto. The latter commemorates the imprisonment of 11,000 Jewish people in a ghetto established in July of 1941 in the city. Tragically, a mere six victims emerged from the Jewish Ghetto alive at the end of the war.

Other must-see historical landmarks include the City Museum and the former water tower, which displays an eclectic collection of exhibits dating from the 4th century BCE to the present day. The "Eternity" Memorial Complex, unveiled in 1975, is a tall red pyramid that burns an eternal flame atop five bayonets representing the five years of battle in WWII.

Throughout the city, architecture buffs will enjoy Soviet mosaics, street art and marvelous examples of brutalist architecture that dominate the skyline. The most famous of them are the Romanita Tower, The City Gates of Chisinau and Hotel Cosmos. Many institutions, blocks of flats and even parking lots are built in this distinctive post-WWII style.

The city is not without its cultural gems, among which are the "Satiricus" National Theater and the National Art Museum of Moldova. These showcase over 39,000 works of art from the 15th century onward. Several places of worship will catch your eye, such as Măzărache Church, the oldest surviving building in Chisinau, which dates back to 1752. Within walking distance is Ciuflea Monastery, which witnessed the Kishinev pogrom of 1903. As you stroll through the city center, you'll soon find that it's awash with Catholic, Greek, Eastern Orthodox and Orthodox churches.

When it's time to unwind, there's roaming room to spare at The Dendrarium Park. With over 200 acres, this green lung and prime selfie spot hosts over 1,820 plants and trees, such as Ginkgo biloba. Another must-see is "La Izvor" ("At the source"), a 370-acre cluster of lakes and channels with a beach, playground, "love bridge" and boat hire facilities. Rose Valley Park and Valea Morilor Park are equally inviting to cyclists, skaters and walkers, but the little ones may appreciate Valea Farmecelor Park the most, seeing as the zoo is right next to it.

Driving in Chisinau

Chisinau is only about 25 km long and has a well-organized infrastructure. Although local road signs are mainly in Romanian and Russian only, the city is relatively easy to travel through by bike, bus or car, given its location on the E584 European route. A car or van hire in Chisinau is by far the most convenient way for tourists to travel, as all bus and minibus fares must be paid on board, often in cash.

Moldovans drive on the right side of the road and pass on the left. Drivers must give way to emergency vehicles, and all vehicles coming from the right have priority. Horns are allowed while passing or to prevent a hazard. Dipped headlights must be used around the clock from the start of November through the end of March.

The speed limit across Moldova is 20 km/h in residential areas, 50 km/h in built-up areas and 80 km/h to 110 km/h on the open road. There are no freeways in the country. Gas stations in rural areas may only accept cash payments. Finally, drivers who hire a vehicle in Chisinau must always remember to park on the right-hand side of the street and as near to the curb as possible.

Car and van rental in Moldova with Enterprise

Enterprise Moldova offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Chisinau

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Chisinau

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Chisinau, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.