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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Katowice Airport
Mini Elite
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
$9.83 per day
Katowice Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Viaggiare
$12.70 per day
Katowice Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$15.05 per day
Katowice Airport
Compact Elite
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$19.60 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Katowice Airport
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Kaizen Rent
$19.97 per day
Katowice Airport
Full-size SUV
Volkswagen Tiguan or similar
Volkswagen Tiguan
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flex To Go
$28.88 per day
Katowice Airport
Standard SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$29.58 per day
Katowice Train Station
Intermediate SUV
Volkswagen T-Cross or similar
Volkswagen T-Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rentis
$29.73 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:15 on 2024-07-09. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Polish, English, German
Currency
PLN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+48
Average car rental price
$21 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
20 - 50 km/h or 12 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 140 km/h or 56 - 87 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.02%
Rating
8.8 / 10
Average gas price
$1.69 per liter or $6.39 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.63 per liter or $6.19 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.87 per liter or $7.09 per gallon

Why rent a car in Katowice?

Katowice is a great place to explore by car. Although historically a mining and industrial hub, the city has been rapidly developing over the last couple of decades and has become a cultural, art, and technological center. It’s convenient location in South Central Poland means it can also serve as a good base for exploring cities like Wroclaw and Krakow, natural landscapes like the Tatra mountains, and even neighboring countries like Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Katowice

One-Way Car Rentals in Katowice

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Katowice and drop off in another city include:

  • From Katowice to Krakow - 275 offers from $12.67 per day
  • From Katowice to Warsaw - 444 offers from $12.67 per day
  • From Katowice to Gdansk - 351 offers from $12.67 per day
  • From Katowice to Rzeszow - 136 offers from $12.67 per day
  • From Katowice to Poznan - 203 offers from $12.67 per day

Top ways to enter Katowice

  • Katowice Airport: The fourth-busiest in Poland, Katowice Airport is also among the fastest growing in Europe. It served nearly 5 million travelers in 2018, a 24% increase over the year before. Located about 30km (19 miles) north of the city center, Katowice Airport can be reached in about 30 minutes by car.
  • Krakow Airport: Serving Poland’s second city, Krakow John Paul II Airport handles more than 6 million travelers every year. Served by around 20 different airlines, the airport is a big hub for Ryanair and Wizz Air, two low-cost carriers. Krakow Airport is just 67km (45 miles) southeast of Katowice and can be reached in about 45 minutes.
  • Lodz Airport: Serving the city of the same name in Central Poland, Lodz Airport has flights by only four airlines but offers connections to Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the  Republic of Ireland, Greece, and Bulgaria. Located about 200km (124 miles) north of Katowice, the airport can be reached in about two hours.
  • Warsaw Chopin Airport: By far the largest airport in the country, Warsaw-Chopin is served by around 40 airlines and offers flights to and from many destinations in Europe as well as North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and North America. Located about 285km (177 miles) northeast of Katowice, the airport can be reached in about three and a half hours.
  • Vienna Airport: It might feel far away from Poland, but the distance between Vienna Airport and Katowice is just 440km (273 miles) and can be done in about four hours by car. Considering that Vienna Airport is one of the largest in Europe and offers countless connections to destinations all around the world, flying to Austria and then getting a rental car can be a good idea. Just make sure that your rental car provider permits crossing international borders and picking up the car in Vienna and dropping it off in Poland.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Katowice by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Katowice Railway Station.

City facts

  • Like the rest of Southern Poland, Katowice has a humid continental climate with warm, wet summers and cool winters. The average temperature is 18°C  (64°F) in July, the warmest month, and -1.5°C  (29°F) in January. Katowice is known in Poland as one of the least windy cities in the country.
  • Katowice is one of the largest cities in Silesia, a historic and cultural region located in Southern Poland and neighboring Czech Republic and Germany. The Silesian Museum as well as many Silesian ethnographic and cultural centers are located in Katowice, and many city inhabitants proudly claim to be not just Poles, but also (and often primarily) Silesians. Spoken throughout the city, the Silesian language is very similar to Polish, but the two languages are not fully mutually intelligible. 

Top sights and activities

  • Church of St. Michael the Archangel. A church made of wood, this ancient building is one of the oldest in Katowice and the surrounding regions. Built in 1510 in a nearby village, it was moved to the city in the 20th century and is now located in beautiful Kościuszko Park.
  • Silesian Theater. The largest in the region of Silesia, the theater has been an important cultural center for decades and is also one of the most famous buildings in Katowice. As impressive from the inside as it is from the outside, the theater is located on the old market square, which itself is an interesting part of the city. Originally built as the German theater, the building is now more than 100 years old.
  • Museum of the History of Katowice. Introducing different chapters of the city’s past, this museum showcases Katowice’s industrial rise and the living conditions of the early miners of the region. It also touches the turbulent 20th century in Poland and shows the works of artists from Katowice.
  • Silesian Museum. One of the symbols of the city’s recent growth, the glass-walled Silesian Museum is one of the most contemporary buildings in Katowice. Inside, you’ll find carefully curated collections on a variety of topics from the history of Silesia and its relationship with German culture to its industrial heritage and sacred art. The museum’s former home, the Neo-Renaissance Grand Hotel, is also worth a look.

Traffic and parking

  • Poland drives on the right hand side of the road.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits in Poland 140 km/h (87 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (75 mph) on expressways with a dual carriageway, 100 km/h (62.2 mph) on expressways with a single carriageway, 90 km/h (56 mph) on all other urban roads, 60 km/h (37.2 mph) in urban and built-up areas at night, 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban and built-up areas during the day, and 20 km/h (12.4 mph) in residential areas.
  • It is illegal to use the mobile phone while driving.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.02% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a licence ban. Exceeding the limit of 0.05% is a criminal offence and can lead to up to 2 years imprisonment. 
  • While the general quality of roads in Poland has improved immensely during the last 2 decades, some rural roads, especially in the northernmost, southernmost, and easternmost parts of the country can still be in a rather bad shape. It is a good idea to set out your route in advance and look up the roads you’ll be driving. 
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When you are driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number in Poland, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Poland. The nearest one to Katowice is the toll road that connects Katowice to Wroclaw.

Some roads use an open toll system while others use a closed toll system. In an open toll system, the payment is made upon entering the toll road. In closed toll system, the driver will be given a printed ticket that will state the time and point of entry of the toll road; the toll fee will be calculated and paid when exiting the road.

Payment can be made either in cash or by credit card. If you choose to pay in cash, you can pay in three currencies, Euros, Polish zloty (PLN), or United States dollars (USD), but keep in mind that even if you pay in one of the two foreign currencies, you might be given the change in zloty. As of July 2019, 1 EUR = 4.25 PLN.

See the Polish toll road map here. Learn more about toll roads in Poland the toll fees for specific roads on the official Polish toll road website.

Ideas for day trips

  • Krakow. One of the most famous cities in Poland and Europe, Krakow attracts visitors with its wealth of stunning religious buildings like the Wawel Cathedral, the Famous Royal Way, and the Vistula River promenade. Coming from Katowice, the city can also serve as a gateway to the nearby Tatra Mountains. Located 80km (50 miles) southeast of Katowice, Krakow can be reached by car in just one hour.
  • Wieliczka. The small town of Wieliczka is famous for its salt mine that was one of the 12 original UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visitors who descend into the mine can see some of the old machinery and marvel at the sculptures of St. Kinga and The Last Supper carved in rock salt. Located just 17km (11 miles) from Krakow, Wieliczka is 93km (58 miles) southeast of Katowice and can be reached in about one hour.
  • Wroclaw. The old capital of Silesia historically known as Breslau, Wroclaw is a lively university city. Just like elsewhere in Poland, you’ll find many beautiful cathedrals, but the city is also famous for its many gardens, parks, and high-quality museums. Upbeat, sophisticated, and affordable, it might be the next big city break destination of Europe. About 190km (118 miles) northwest of Katowice, Wroclaw can be reached in less than two hours.
  • Ojcowski National Park. Although the smallest in Poland, Ojcowski National Park is a great place to visit as a day trip. Part of the Polish Jura, it is known for its stunning boulder formations like the White Hand rock and the Hercules’ Bludgeon. The area also has cliffs, caves, and castles to explore. The park is about an hour’s drive east of Katowice.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Katowice is the Toyota Aygo, followed by the Toyota Yaris and the Opel Astra. The most popular rental car types are economy, standard, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Warsaw. Although not as historic as other Polish cities such as Krakow (it was nearly destroyed during World War II), Warsaw is a fascinating place to visit. Thanks to the enormous efforts of the city’s inhabitants, many of its famous buildings and landmarks have been restored and the Śródmieście neighborhood is one of the most hip and interesting city centers in Europe. Located 290km (180 miles) northeast of Katowice, the capital city can be reached in only three hours.
  • Prague. Equal parts historic and fun, Prague is one of the most-visited (and the most-photographed) cities of Europe for a reason. Marvel at the spires of its Gothic and Baroque churches, take a walk along the beautiful Vltava River , learn about the city’s history in Josefov, its old Jewish quarter, or dive into Prague’s famous nightlife - this city truly has something for every traveler. Located 460km (285 miles) west of Katowice, Prague can be reached in a little more than 4 hours. Since you’ll have to cross an international border between Poland and Czech Republic, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Tatra National Park. So much more than just a natural border between Poland and Slovakia, the Tatras are the most impressive natural sites in Central Europe. Made up of stunning summits, long hiking paths, and hilltop villages, and home to wildlife like the Tatra chamois, Eurasian lynx, and marmot, these mountains are a place where you’ll want to return again and again. Zakopane, a gateway to the Tatras and a famous winter resort, is 178km (110 miles) southeast of Katowice and can be reached in just over 2 hours.
  • Poznan. Scenic, dynamic, and sophisticated, Poznan has been frequently voted as the Polish city with the best reputation, and for good reason. A former trading hub and now one of the most important cities of western Poland, Poznan is notable for its many churches and monasteries, quality museums, and lively atmosphere. Just a stone’s throw from the city is Wielkopolski National Park, a lovely protected area known for its many lakes and tranquility.

Car rental prices in Katowice

  • Station wagons - from $34 per day
  • Large cars - from $30 per day
  • Medium cars - from $13 per day
  • Vans - from $87 per day
  • Premium cars - from $58 per day
  • Small cars - from $10 per day
  • SUVs - from $17 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these tips to get a great rental car in Katowice:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Katowice is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 47% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 68% cheaper than renting a car in November.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Katowice?

Car rental prices in Katowice vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Katowice
$13.57
January
$15.81
February
$15.67
March
$15.33
April
$18.05
May
$18.40
June
$24.71
July
$26.87
August
$23.09
September
$17.73
October
$13.77
November
$21.33
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Katowice is January (when prices average $13.57 per day). This is 27% cheaper than the yearly average and 49% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $26.87).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Katowice?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in April, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Katowice
6
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Katowice?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Katowice is December, and the least popular is April.
Monthly searches in Katowice by pick-up date relative to the average
91%
January
96%
February
102%
March
74%
April
112%
May
96%
June
104%
July
106%
August
104%
September
110%
October
87%
November
118%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Kaizen Rent, Flex To Go, Ace Rent a car, WheeGo, Carwiz
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Station wagons
Lowest price $10 per day
Cheapest supplier WheeGo

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Kaizen Rent Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Flex To Go Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Kaizen Rent Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Kaizen Rent Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Flex To Go Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Kaizen Rent Mitsubishi Space Star 5 2 Small cars
Kaizen Rent Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Viaggiare Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Flex To Go Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

United States of America (USA)
Seat Leon
May 27, 2024
My weekend appointments were fabulous.
Spain
Peugeot 208
May 6, 2024
No trip - profesional activities.
Spain
Peugeot 208
March 9, 2024
Not a trip. Profesional visit.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Golf STW
January 15, 2024
Skiing
Spain
Toyota Aygo
September 19, 2023
It was no trip but profesional meetings.
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Octavia
August 24, 2023
Poland is an amazing country full of great surprises.
Israel
Ford Focus STW
July 22, 2023
Slovakia was wonderful and beautiful.
Canada
Volkswagen Polo
May 10, 2023
Nice hiking in Beszczady. Lots of walks in cities like Krosno, Krakow and Katowice. I am impressed it looks like Poland is America of Europe. Way to go. Good culture, great service amazing food and drinks.
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
November 21, 2019
Katowice is ok for shopping Krakow is amazing , historical and beautiful place and people
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
October 10, 2019
Easy of getting around
Ireland
Ford Fiesta
February 14, 2019
Amazing place and food
United States of America (USA)
Opel Astra
February 13, 2019
This is my childhood city. Lots of changes in recent years. Come and visit!
Ukraine
Toyota Corolla
October 10, 2018
Nice city, a lot of parkings, nice destination.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Kaizen Rent
9 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
AddCar
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
26
Total rental companies
27
Average daily price
$20.66
Lowest daily price
$9.83
Total cars available
832

Top 27 suppliers in Katowice in 2024

Kaizen Rent
Kaizen Rent
Exceptional 9 / 129 reviews
1 location
$17 - $31
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 34 reviews
1 location
$28 - $60
WheeGo
WheeGo
Very good 8.9 / 30 reviews
1 location
$10 - $17
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.9 / 19 reviews
1 location
$36 - $60
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 8.8 / 96 reviews
2 locations
$24 - $51
Flex To Go
Flex To Go
Very good 8.7 / 258 reviews
1 location
$29 - $46
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.5 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$35 - $128
Car Net
Car Net
Very good 8.4 / 1 review
1 location
$32 - $69
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8.3 / 38 reviews
1 location
$17 - $61
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 5 reviews
2 locations
$40 - $559
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.2 / 87 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $205
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.2 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $217
PANEK
PANEK
Very good 8.1 / 78 reviews
3 locations
$37 - $79
YOUR RENT
YOUR RENT
Very good 8.1 / 8 reviews
1 location
$24 - $97
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 6 reviews
1 location
$29 - $64
Rentis
Rentis
Very good 8 / 24 reviews
3 locations
$22 - $92
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8 / 1 review
1 location
Avis
Avis
Good 7.9 / 1 review
2 locations
$41 - $156
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7.7 / 43 reviews
3 locations
$15 - $132
MM Cars Rental
MM Cars Rental
Good 7.7
1 location
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Good 7.6 / 21 reviews
1 location
$13 - $18
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.6
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.5 / 25 reviews
3 locations
Budget
Budget
Good 7.5 / 4 reviews
1 location
$38 - $154
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.5
1 location
$36 - $766
AddCar
AddCar
Good 7.4 / 51 reviews
1 location
$21 - $135
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