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What to know about driving in Romania

The varying quality of the roads and a minority of aggressive drivers means you need to exercise caution when driving in Romania. But a car remains the best way to get about speedily and simply. Brush up on the rules in advance for a stress-free trip.

Q: What side of the road should I drive on in Romania?

A: Cars drive on the right in Romania and overtake on the left, with the exception of trams, which are overtaken on the left. In built-up areas and at roundabouts priority is given to vehicles coming from the right. Priority is always given to ambulances, fire engines and trams.

Q: What is the drink-drive limit?

A: Romania operates a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

Q: What are the rules on seatbelts?

A: Seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers.


Q: What is the speed limit in Romania?

A: In urban areas the speed limit is 50kph while in rural places it’s 90kph and on motorways it’s 130kph.

Q: Are there toll roads in Romania?

A: There are no specific toll roads but the road network is paid for through e-vignettes – a sticker valid for a set period and paid in advance. If you hire a car, this should have been arranged for you by the rental company.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Drivers must park their vehicles on the righthand side of the road or in the direction of the traffic. Drivers must park as near as possible to the pavement. If you stop your car for longer than five minutes it will be considered parking.

Q: What else should I know?

A: Horns are not allowed to be used in towns between 10.00pm and 06.00am. Lights must be used within these times as a warning of approach.

Q: When is the cheapest time to hire a car in Romania?

A: The price of renting a car tends to go up during high season (from May to September) so where possible make sure to book in advance to get the best prices. Prices are lowest outside the summer season.