North Macedonia Car Rental

Flying in to North Macedonia

Planning a trip to North Macedonia? The easiest way to travel to the country is by plane, and there are two main North Macedonia airports you can fly into:

• Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD)
• Skopje International Airport (SKP)

The best way to explore everything this stunning country has to offer is by car. You can rent a car in North Macedonia easily with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with convenient branches in Skopje Airport and Ohrid Airport.

Book your Skopje Airport car rental or Ohrid Airport car rental in advance to get your trip off to a smooth start.

Popular Destinations and things to do in North Macedonia

A hidden gem in the Balkans, North Macedonia offers rich history, unforgettable landscapes, and a warm welcome for visitors, making it a top destination for travelers. Here are some of the best things to do in North Macedonia.

Top places to visit in North Macedonia

Don’t miss North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje. The city boasts a unique blend of ancient history and modern architecture, with the largest Ottoman bazaar in the Balkans. Things to do in Skopje include visiting the Skopje Fortress, exploring the Old Bazaar, crossing the Stone Bridge over the Vadar River, and viewing the colossal statue of Alexander the Great in Macedonia Square.

Another of North Macedonia’s largest cities, Ohrid has a laid-back atmosphere and heaps of history. Ohrid is situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, discover ancient churches like the must-visit St. John at Kaneo, and take in breathtaking views over the lake and city from Samuel's Fortress, one of the top things to do in Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid
Officially the oldest lake in Europe, Lake Ohrid is one of the top places to visit in Macedonia. This UNESCO site is the largest lake in the country and the deepest in the Balkans. Relax on the sandy shores, take a dip in the crystal-clear freshwater, and walk along the promenade lined with traditional restaurants and bars. You can even get out on the water on a paddleboard, kayak, or boat trip to make the most of your lake visit – some of the best things to do in North Macedonia.

Head to Tetovo in the northwest to visit one of the top tourist attractions in Macedonia – the Painted Mosque. The mosque is unlike any other, covered almost entirely in ornate paintings inside and out. The city of Tetovo is small but vibrant, and just a 45-minute drive from Skopje. It’s also an ideal stop on the drive from Skopje to Ohrid on the A2 motorway, or as part of a European road trip along route E65.

Matka Canyon
Just half an hour’s drive from Skopje is one of North Macedonia’s best natural wonders, the Matka Canyon. Matka Canyon has 5,000 hectares to explore, including natural caves, rugged gorges and medieval monasteries. One of the most popular tourist places in Macedonia, there are plenty of activities for the whole family at Matka Canyon, including boat rides, kayak rental and rock climbing.

North Macedonia food & drink

Not sure what to eat in North Macedonia? Macedonian food is heavily influenced by Balkan and Ottoman cuisines, combining flavors from the East and West for colorful dishes bursting with flavor. Make sure you try Tavče Gravče, North Macedonia’s national dish, a comforting bean casserole infused with aromatic spices. You’ll also find Kebapche on menus across the country, a Macedonian grilled mincemeat kebab, and Ajvar, a traditional roasted red pepper and aubergine condiment. Sarma is also one of the most popular North Macedonia foods – cabbage rolls stuffed with a hearty rice and meat filling, baked in the oven, and served with handmade sauces. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, sample the sweet pastry delight Baklava or try the unique taste of Tulumba, deep-fried dough soaked in sweet syrup. As for drinks, try Boza, a typical Balkan fermented drink made from water, flour, sugar, and yeast.

Shopping in North Macedonia

Looking for things to do in North Macedonia? There’s an abundance of shopping opportunities in the country, from shopping centers with big brands to independent boutiques selling handcrafted wares. The lively streets of Skopje are packed with boutiques selling unique souvenirs and authentic crafts, and in the renowned bazaar, you’ll find traditional market stalls selling fresh produce, clothing, and artisanal goods. For a real shopping spree, visit large shopping centers like Skopje City Mall and Ramstore Mall for Macedonian and international brands.

Festivals and events in North Macedonia

North Macedonia hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year to make your trip truly memorable. Joining in with the festivities are some of the most exciting things to do in Macedonia, with top events like the Skopje Jazz Festival in May and the Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August. The Strumica Carnival has taken place during the first three days of Great Lent since 1670 and includes parades, colorful masks, music, and dancing in the city’s streets. Music lovers won’t want to miss Taksirat Festival, North Macedonia’s biggest music festival. International artists and thousands of festival-goers descend on Skopje for a week-long musical extravaganza every November.

Driving in North Macedonia

Driving is the best way to explore North Macedonia and discover all the hidden gems the country has to offer. North Macedonia is well connected with roads, including motorways between major cities and the E65 highway which runs through Europe. Before you pick up the keys to your North Macedonia rental car, here are some things you need to know.

Documents you need to drive in North Macedonia

To drive in North Macedonia, you must have a full, valid driving license from your home country – a North Macedonia driving license isn’t necessary for visitors. Generally, you don’t need an International Driving Permit in North Macedonia, either. If you're planning to rent a car in North Macedonia, you’ll need a second form of identification, such as your passport.

North Macedonia driving rules

• Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left
• Seat belts must be worn by all passengers
• Children under 5 must use an appropriate child seat
• Use dipped headlights at all times, including during daylight
• The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in North Macedonia is 0.5%.

Minimum age to rent a car in North Macedonia

To rent a car in North Macedonia, you must be at least 21 years old. Some car rental companies may have specific age requirements, so it's a good idea to check before making your reservation.

North Macedonia car rental

Planning to rent a car for your trip to North Macedonia? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a range of rental cars for every kind of traveler, from city cars to family-size SUVs. We have locations across North Macedonia, so you can pick up your rental car wherever is convenient. Get ready for your Macedonian adventure and book your rental car today.

North Macedonia Car Rental Locations

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in North Macedonia. As part of the world’s largest car rental provider, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With many unique attractions, such as St. Jovan Kaneo, Lake Ohrid, and the Monastery of Saint Naum, North Macedonia is a popular destination with tourists and business travelers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.