Timisoara Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Timisoara

Timisoara is the capital of the Transylvania region. The city is served by an international airport located 10 kilometers outside of town. From the airport, buses go downtown every hour and take 30-40 minutes. You can rent a car in Timisoara at the airport's Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch. This may be a more convenient option if you plan on exploring Transylvania.

What to do and see in Timisoara

As Transylvania's capital, Timisoara has enormous tourist appeal. The majority of sights are located in the Cetate neighborhood or Old Town. Here you'll find Theresa Bastion, an 18th-century fortress now home to Banat's National Museum. The old passages within the fortress have been remodeled to accommodate stores, coffee shops and restaurants. A couple of blocks away is Union Square, flanked by eye-catching Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, one of them being Timisoara's National Museum of Art. The streets surrounding Union Square offer an abundance of eating and drinking venues serving Romanian and international cuisine.

There are more historical buildings between Liberty Square and Victory Square, which opens onto a pedestrian avenue that leads to the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral is surrounded by a large park that's especially charming in the spring when cherry trees blossom. Beyond the park is Bega River, where you can take a boat tour and see the city's landmarks from a different perspective. This can also be a great outing for visitors with children.

Along the river, you'll find Ion Creanga's Children's Park, popular with local families thanks to its replica of Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. Another family friendly option is driving to Banat Village Museum, home to an accurate replica of a traditional Transylvanian village.

Timisoara is one of Romania's top shopping destinations. A short five-minute drive from downtown is Iulius Mall, the biggest shopping mall in western Romania. The mall is home to more than 450 stores, 12 movie theaters and is often the setting of open-air events like food fairs and outdoor concerts. The second biggest shopping complex in Timisoara is Shopping City, located six kilometers away from the downtown area.

Timisoara is a European capital of culture, which means the city's events calendar is packed year-round. There are always performances at Mihai Eminescu National Theater, the German State Theater, the National Opera House and Banat Philarmonic Concert Hall. Other well-known events are the Street FOOD Festival (May-June), Flight Theater Festival (June), Huniade Castle Medieval Festival (June) JazzX Jazz Music Festival (June-July) and the International Festival of Animation and Theater for Children (October).

Driving in Timisoara

First-time visitors to Romania who plan on driving around are often warned about the poor state of the roads, but this isn't an issue in Timisoara and the surrounding areas, where most roads are on par with those in Western Europe.

The country has an above-average number of traffic circles, which in large cities like Timisoara can be multi-lane. Be especially vigilant when exiting a traffic circle, as it's common for local drivers to switch from the inside to the exit lane without signaling.

You should be aware that crosswalks are often placed a couple of meters outside traffic circle exits. Although some local drivers can have erratic habits, the majority of Romanian drivers respect crosswalks. If you exit a traffic circle and pedestrians are about to cross, always stop and wait for them to do so, even if this slows the flow of traffic behind you.

Not stopping at crosswalks is punished with a 30-day license suspension. Other driving violations that incur the same penalty include illegal passing, running a red traffic light, and not yielding to other vehicles as required. Your license can be suspended for 60 days if the violation involves not respecting one-way street signs, which are plentiful in Timisoara's Cetate area.

Speed limits are in line with those in other European countries. On freeways, you must not exceed 130 km/h. When driving on all other roads outside of urban areas, the speed limit is 90 km/h and in urban areas, it goes down to 50 km/h. Speed limits can be lower on any road category during poor weather conditions, which in Timisoara and the surrounding areas mostly take the form of dense fog. Fines for speeding can reach €600, in addition to a possible 90-day driver's license suspension.

In addition, Romania has very strict regulations in place to control drunk driving. Penalties range from steep fines to imprisonment for one to five years.

Although there are no toll roads in Romania, the country uses a toll pass (vignette) system, called rovinieta. This is a pre-paid ticket (not a sticker) that you can buy at gas stations covering anything from seven days to one year. However, you only need to purchase a rovinieta for cross-county driving. For example, if you've rented a car or van in Timisoara and plan on driving outside of Timis county, a rovinieta will be required. The system is enforced by radar, and the fines for driving without a rovinieta are steep.

Car and van rental in Romania with Enterprise

Enterprise Romania 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 Timisoara

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 Timisoara

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Timisoara, 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.