Please, use the form below to find the best car rental deals for Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities from major local and international providers, such as Hertz, Europcar, Avis and others. You don't need any extra documents to drive in Russia, just your driving license; all car rental deals include insurance. Driving in Russia is very cheap: the petrol costs only 50 c / 1 liter and there's no road toll charges. Check out our FAQ section below for more information.
Does it really make sense to rent a car in Russia?
Renting a car when you travel to Russia can be a good option if you want to explore the country on your own. The petrol is cheap, there are no toll charges, the infrastructure is quite OK, although it's not as good as in EU.
How much is the petrol? Petrol is only about 50 cents per liter (€2 a gallon) and there are no toll charges, so you will probably even pay back the rental costs. Which means you're going to spend about €4 per 100 km (considering an average car spends about 8L per 100 km). To put this into perspective, a trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back, which is about 750 km one way (1500 km return), will cost you max €60 in petrol, while the train is at least €100 per person return. So if you're 2 people, you'll pay back the car rental cost with just one trip.
Do I need any extra documents? You just need your driving license and it's also recommended to take an international driving permit (but not necessary).
Are there any car-sharing solutions?
Yes, there are car sharing options available in Moscow and St. Petersburg. For example, you can try YouDrive – you can register online and use their app to book cars around the city. There's no monthly charge and it costs about €0.12 per minute, which is relatively low comparing to USA or Europe.
I heard Moscow traffic is bad. Is it really worth taking a car just for Moscow? If you drive in Moscow and St. Petersburg, we recommend to avoid the peak hours between 6.30am to 10.30am and 5.30pm to 9.00pm. Parking in the center of Moscow can also be quite expensive. Local taxi companies, such as Uber and Yandex.Taxi have very competitive prices (about €5 per every 10 minutes of driving), so if you're just going to drive around the center, don't get a rental car, it won't pay back. However, if you're thinking about taking trips out of town or if you're staying outside of the center and don't plan to drive around during peak hours, renting a car can be a good option.
What about the Russian style of driving? Driving in Russia is a bit chaotic, but if you drove in Greece, Italy or Caribbean, it's kind of the same. Lane discipline is kind of non-existent, nevertheless people watch out for each other, so in the end it's not much different from any other place full of eccentric drivers.
How expensive is it to rent a car?
Normally you should expect to pay about €30 per day (based on 1 week rental) for a standard car like VW. This would include third-party insurance and sometimes full collision waiver. If you want a better quality car, like BMW or Mercedes, you'd pay about €70 per day.