By car

Tourists who decide to drive to Poland in their own car or plan to rent a car in Poland should consider taking out insurance in case of a breakdown. Having with them the telephone numbers to emergency road services or to authorised car service centers along with other documents pertaining to the car is also important. In case of a breakdown Emergency road services in Poland are very efficient. In a breakdown situation please call 9637. This is the emergency number for the National Emergency Road Service which guarantees a full-range of auto assistance: removing a damaged car on special car transporters, directing you to MOT services and garages and legal advice in the case of any litigation. The National Emergency Road Service should be on site within a maximum of 60 minutes (depending on the distance and locality of the breakdown or accident). The fee for these services depends on what is required and the distance, which is important when a damaged car has to be transported to a garage, for example. Garages The network of authorised garages and car services is very well developed in Poland. If you rent a car or are using a private car you are strongly advised to carry the appropriate phone numbers of these services before setting out on a trip. In the event of an accident or breakdown the numbers for these services can also be obtained from local emergency breakdown services or the police.
Petrol stations in Poland are easy to find both in the cities and little towns. Many of them are run by well recognized brands of international petrol companies like Shell, BP, Esso and Orlen. Petrol stations are usually open round the clock seven days a week. Petrol stations In major cities and along international motorways and regional roads there are a great number of 24h petrol stations. Apart of refuelling your car or motorbike you can also eat something at fast food bars or restaurants, do some shopping or use the client services. The most recognized international petrol companies in Poland are Shell, BP, Esso, Aral and Neste. There are also some Polish petrol stations such as Orlen or Rafineria Gdańska offering excellent service and high quality petrol. Types of petrol and road signs A black petrol pump sign indicates a petrol station and these road signs are located several kilometers ahead of the station. On the sign there is also the approximate distance to the petrol station and information what kind of petrol is available. A sign showing both a black and a green petrol pump indicates unleaded petrol for sale along with the standard petrol. Stations with LPG are marked with the LPG sign. Stations with only liquid petroleum gas are marked with a "LPG GAZ" sign with no picture. The most popular types of petrol in Poland are 95-octane, 98- octane and diesel which is marked ON.
Before you drive to Poland in your own car check that you have all the necessary documents and that you carry the basic car safety equipment in case of a breakdown.  DocumentsPassport, Identity card, or some valid proof of personal identity. International Driving Licence. Vehicle registration certificate with a valid MOT certificate. Civil liability insurance (OC).Car equipment All vehicles must be equipped with a fire-extinguisher, warning triangle and first aid kit. It is also advisable to have telephone numbers to emergency road services. If you are driving your own car, try contacting your insurance company to see what can be arranged, or contact our Contact Center who will arrange road assistance for you.
Traveling by car across Poland is an opportunity of seeing all aspects of our wonderful country. However, when traveling on Polish roads you should not forget certain safety principles. To avoid any undesirable surprises during your holiday you should also remember to abide by the elementary traffic regulations. Speed limitsbuilt-up area - 50 km/h outside built-up area - 90 km/h residential zone - 20 km/h dual carriageway - 110 km/h single-lane road - 100 km/h twin lane carriageway with at least two lanes per direction - 100 km/h motorway - 130 km/hSeat belts and traveling with children All passengers traveling by car are obliged to fasten their seat belts - both passengers sitting in front and at the back. Children up to 12 should travel in a special certified child seat.Lights When driving in Poland in autumn and winter you should remember that your car lights must be on all the time. This is obligatory from 1 October to the last day of February. For the rest of the year we drive with the lights on from dusk to dawn, providing weather conditions are favourable during the day.Parking When traveling by car you must not to park in prohibited zones and whenever necessary you have to pay the statuary parking fee. In some cities there are parking metres. If you do not pay the parking fee you can be fined or your car clamped.Driving and alcohol Driving in Poland whilst under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. The maximum admissible blood alcohol content is 0.2 mg per ml. Blood alcohol content exceeding 0.5 mg per ml is a criminal offence and can be punished by two years imprisonment.
The condition of Polish roads could be described as relatively good. In the vicinity of the larger cities road surfaces are improving every month. Secondary roads can be qualified as being in a satisfactory condition. Conditions on the roads Apart from these motorways there are many dual carriageways and single-lane roads. The surface of some of these roads has been deformed by ruts cut into the road surface during the summer by TIR trucks. In general drivers have to be a little more vigilant in Poland when driving along the minor roads in this country. Speed limitsbuilt-up area - 50 km/h outside built-up area - 90 km/h dual carriageway - 120 km/h single-lane road - 100 km/h twin lane carriageway with at least two lanes per direction - 100 km/h motorway - 140 km/hRoad use charges In Poland there is a toll on motorways (A1, A2, A4 and A8). These tolls are collected using two systems:open system: The tolls are collected at toll booths situated on motorways. The toll depends on the type of vehicle. closed system (viaTOLL system): The tolls are collected at toll booths situated on access roads, on junction roads and additionally on the final sections of motorways. The toll depends on the type of vehicle and the distance covered.viaTOLL is an electronic toll collection system that charges road users for using selected sections of toll road network. Vehicles required to pay electronic tolls are the motor vehicles or combinations of vehicles with maximum permissible weight of over 3.5 tonnes and buses regardless of its maximum permissible weight.viaTOLL system covers caravanning. Vehicles have to be equipped with little on-board units (so called viaBOX) which communicate with transmitters in toll gantries. Each time a vehicle equipped with viaBOX technology passes beneath the gantry the driver is charged for that particular section of toll road.  
Border checkpoints Below we present a list of border checkpoints: With Germany: Lubieszyn, Kołbaskowo, Rosówek, Krajnik Dolny, Osinów Dolny, Kostrzyn, Słubice, Świecko, Gubinek, Olszyna, Łęknica, Przewóz, Jędrzychowice, Zgorzelec, Sieniawka, Porajów. With Ukraine: Medyka, Korczowa, Hrebenne, Dorohusk, Zosin. With Belarus: Terespol, Koroszczyn, Sławatycze, Kuźnica Białostocka, Połowce, Bobrownik. With Russia: Gołdap, Gronowo, Bezledy. With Czech Republic: Bogatynia, Zawidów, Czerniawa, Jakuszyce, Przełęcz Okraj, Lubawka, Golińsk, Tłumaczów, Paczków, Kudowa Słone, Głuchołazy, Boboszów, Konradów, Trzebinia, Pietrowice, Pietraszyn, Chałupki, Cieszyn-Boguszowice, Cieszyn, Leszna Góra, Jasnowice. With Slovakia: Zwardoń, Korbielów, Chyżne, Chochołów, Łysa Polana, Piwniczna, Konieczna, Niedzica, Barwinek. With Lithuania: Ogrodniki, Budzisko.
Visitors to Poland should look out for white and bronze road signs indicating the most interesting places to visit in our country.  The system of tourist road signs well-known in Western Europe and in the United States has also been gradually introduced into Poland. White and bronze signs placed at strategic points in cities and near interesting places inform drivers about architectural and natural monuments, places of religious worship etc. each sign includes not only information on the distance and name of a place and but are also illustrated with the silhouettes of the places, e.g. Jasna Góra. Theme tourist routes e.g. the wooden architecture of Małopolska, are marked in a similar way. Poland has entered the international system of marking interesting areas to be visited as has been done in other EU countries for many years to facilitate the discovery of our country and its heritage.
By traveling across Poland by car you can see places which you might not be able to reach by train or bus. It has many advantages - you can choose your own routes and time and even take more luggage. What is more, you do not need to have your own vehicle. You can rent it. 'Rent a car' services These services which are normally open 24h, 7 days a week can be found mainly on the airports and in bigger cities. The range of cars to choose from is usually very wide, so most probably you find a model meeting your expectations. Companies also offer the possibility of returning a car to a different region and city from the one you hired the car in. With this in mind, you can plan an interesting excursion across Poland and not have to worry about returning the car to the place you hired it.What do you need?As in other parts of Europe when renting a car you in fact sign a contract with an agency to undertake the following obligations:Full responsibility for the rented car.Only the person(s) mentioned in the contract can drive the car.The renter has to pay a deposit which is not identical to the value of the vehicle and pay the fee according to the car hire company price list and the extra charges dependent on the client's requirements as stipulated in the contract.How much does this cost?Price ranges from 100PLN to 400PLN per day depending on the make of car.Compare car hire prices in Poland
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