Macedonia Car & Van Hire

Flying in to Macedonia

Planning a trip to North Macedonia? The easiest way to travel to the country is by plane, and there are two main North Macedonia airports you can fly into:

• Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD)
• Skopje International Airport (SKP)

The best way to explore everything this stunning country has to offer is by car. You can hire a car in North Macedonia easily with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with convenient branches in Skopje Airport and Ohrid Airport.

Book your Skopje Airport car hire or Ohrid Airport car hire in advance to get your trip off to a smooth start.

Popular Destinations and things to do in Macedonia

A hidden gem in the Balkans, North Macedonia offers rich history, unforgettable landscapes, and a warm welcome for visitors, making it a top destination for travellers. Here are some of the best things to do in North Macedonia.

Top places to visit in North Macedonia

Don’t miss North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje. The city boasts a unique blend of ancient history and modern architecture, with the largest Ottoman bazaar in the Balkans. Things to do in Skopje include visiting the Skopje Fortress, exploring the Old Bazaar, crossing the Stone Bridge over the Vadar River, and viewing the colossal statue of Alexander the Great in Macedonia Square.

Another of North Macedonia’s largest cities, Ohrid has a laid-back atmosphere and heaps of history. Ohrid is situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, discover ancient churches like the must-visit St. John at Kaneo, and take in breathtaking views over the lake and city from Samuel's Fortress, one of the top things to do in Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid
Officially the oldest lake in Europe, Lake Ohrid is one of the top places to visit in Macedonia. This UNESCO site is the largest lake in the country and the deepest in the Balkans. Relax on the sandy shores, take a dip in the crystal-clear freshwater, and walk along the promenade lined with traditional restaurants and bars. You can even get out on the water on a paddleboard, kayak, or boat trip to make the most of your lake visit – some of the best things to do in North Macedonia.

Head to Tetovo in the northwest to visit one of the top tourist attractions in Macedonia – the Painted Mosque. The mosque is unlike any other, covered almost entirely in ornate paintings inside and out. The city of Tetovo is small but vibrant, and just a 45-minute drive from Skopje. It’s also an ideal stop on the drive from Skopje to Ohrid on the A2 motorway, or as part of a European road trip along route E65.

Matka Canyon
Just half an hour’s drive from Skopje is one of North Macedonia’s best natural wonders, the Matka Canyon. Matka Canyon has 5,000 hectares to explore, including natural caves, rugged gorges and medieval monasteries. One of the most popular tourist places in Macedonia, there are plenty of activities for the whole family at Matka Canyon, including boat rides, kayak hire and rock climbing.

North Macedonia food & drink

Not sure what to eat in North Macedonia? Macedonian food is heavily influenced by Balkan and Ottoman cuisines, combining flavours from the East and West for colourful dishes bursting with flavour. Make sure you try Tavče Gravče, North Macedonia’s national dish, a comforting bean casserole infused with aromatic spices. You’ll also find Kebapche on menus across the country, a Macedonian grilled mincemeat kebab, and Ajvar, a traditional roasted red pepper and aubergine condiment. Sarma is also one of the most popular North Macedonia foods – cabbage rolls stuffed with a hearty rice and meat filling, baked in the oven, and served with handmade sauces. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, sample the sweet pastry delight Baklava or try the unique taste of Tulumba, deep-fried dough soaked in sweet syrup. As for drinks, try Boza, a typical Balkan fermented drink made from water, flour, sugar, and yeast.

Shopping in North Macedonia

Looking for things to do in North Macedonia? There’s an abundance of shopping opportunities in the country, from shopping centres with big brands to independent boutiques selling handcrafted wares. The lively streets of Skopje are packed with boutiques selling unique souvenirs and authentic crafts, and in the renowned bazaar, you’ll find traditional market stalls selling fresh produce, clothing, and artisanal goods. For a real shopping spree, visit large shopping centres like Skopje City Mall and Ramstore Mall for Macedonian and international brands.

Festivals and events in North Macedonia

North Macedonia hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year to make your trip truly memorable. Joining in with the festivities are some of the most exciting things to do in Macedonia, with top events like the Skopje Jazz Festival in May and the Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August. The Strumica Carnival has taken place during the first three days of Great Lent since 1670 and includes parades, colourful masks, music, and dancing in the city’s streets. Music lovers won’t want to miss Taksirat Festival, North Macedonia’s biggest music festival. International artists and thousands of festival-goers descend on Skopje for a week-long musical extravaganza every November.

Driving in Macedonia

Driving is the best way to explore North Macedonia and discover all the hidden gems the country has to offer. North Macedonia is well connected with roads, including motorways between major cities and the E65 highway which runs through Europe. Before you pick up the keys to your North Macedonia hire car, here are some things you need to know.

Documents you need to drive in North Macedonia

To drive in North Macedonia, you must have a full, valid driving licence from your home country – a North Macedonia driving licence isn’t necessary for visitors. Generally, you don’t need an International Driving Permit in North Macedonia, either. If you're planning to hire a car in North Macedonia, you’ll need a second form of identification, such as your passport.

North Macedonia driving rules

• Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left
• Seat belts must be worn by all passengers
• Children under 5 must use an appropriate child seat
• Use dipped headlights at all times, including during daylight
• The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in North Macedonia is 0.5%.

Minimum age to hire a car in North Macedonia

To hire a car in North Macedonia, you must be at least 21 years old. Some car hire companies may have specific age requirements, so it's a good idea to check before making your reservation.

North Macedonia car hire

Planning to hire a car for your trip to North Macedonia? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a range of hire cars for every kind of traveller, from city cars to family-size SUVs. We have locations across North Macedonia, so you can pick up your hire car wherever is convenient. Get ready for your Macedonian adventure and book your hire car today.

Car and van hire in North Macedonia with Enterprise

Enterprise North Macedonia offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. 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 hire in Macedonia

If you are travelling 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 hire in Macedonia

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Macedonia, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

Car & Van Hire in Macedonia

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in North Macedonia. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognised brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With unique attractions, such as St Jovan Kaneo, Lake Ohrid and the Monastery of Saint Naum, North Macedonia is a popular destination with tourists and business travellers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.