Car & Van Hire in Ohrid

Enterprise car hire locations in Ohrid

Ohrid can be found nestled against Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia. It is a popular tourist destination known for its rich history and natural beauty. To reach Ohrid, visitors can fly into Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is well-connected to several European cities. It is at the airport where you will find Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ready to set you up with your car hire in Ohrid.

What to do and see in Ohrid

Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts a wealth of historical, cultural and natural attractions. One of the main highlights is the stunning Ohrid Lake, the deepest and oldest lake in Europe. Visitors can enjoy various water-based activities, such as swimming, boating or fishing while admiring the surrounding scenery. The lake's crystal-clear waters and diverse aquatic life also make it an excellent spot for scuba diving.

The town of Ohrid is a treasure trove of history, with ancient churches, fortresses and traditional architecture waiting to be explored. Start your visit at the Church of St. John at Kaneo, perched on a cliff overlooking Ohrid Lake. This 13th-century church, known for its unique blend of Byzantine and Armenian architectural styles, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Another significant religious site in Ohrid is the Church of St. Sophia, dating back to the 9th century. This impressive church, adorned with beautiful frescoes, is a testimony to the town's rich Byzantine heritage. Don't miss the opportunity to attend one of the classical music concerts occasionally held within its walls, offering a truly memorable experience.

The ancient Samuel's Fortress, perched on a hilltop, is another must-visit attraction in Ohrid. This well-preserved fortress, originally built by the Romans and later expanded by Tsar Samuel, offers spectacular views of Ohrid and the lake. Wander through the fortress walls and immerse yourself in the rich history of the region.

For those interested in archaeology, the ancient site of Plaošnik is a fascinating destination. Excavations have revealed the foundations of an early Christian basilica, as well as a more recent reconstruction of St. Clement's Church. The site provides a unique insight into the town's historical development and religious significance over the centuries.

Nature lovers will find plenty to explore in Ohrid's surroundings. Take a boat trip to the nearby springs of St. Naum, where you can witness the impressive natural phenomenon of underwater springs feeding the lake. While there, don't forget to visit the 10th-century Monastery of St. Naum, another stunning example of Ohrid's religious heritage.

The Galicica National Park, situated between Ohrid and Prespa Lakes, offers a wealth of outdoor activities, such as hiking, bird-watching or mountain biking. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna, as well as numerous scenic lookout points, providing ample opportunities for nature photography.

Take a leisurely stroll through Ohrid's charming old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets, traditional houses and vibrant marketplaces. Here, you can shop for local handicrafts, such as Ohrid pearls and woodcarvings or sample the town's culinary delights at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

Driving in Ohrid

When driving in Ohrid and the surrounding regions, as with any foreign country, you should familiarise yourself with the local traffic rules and regulations. The most immediate difference is that, in North Macedonia, vehicles drive on the right side of the road. The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited unless using a hands-free device.

Speed limits in North Macedonia are generally 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h outside of urban areas and 130 km/h on motorways. Be mindful of these limits, as speed cameras and traffic police are common. It's also important to note that you should always carry your driver's licence, passport and vehicle registration documents with you when driving.

While driving in Ohrid, you'll find that most of the streets are narrow and often paved with cobblestones, which can be slippery when wet. Exercise caution, especially when navigating through the old town or traversing steep inclines. Parking in the town centre can be challenging due to limited spaces; however, there are several paid car parks available within walking distance of the main attractions.

Driving in North Macedonia during winter months can be hazardous due to snow and ice, particularly in mountainous regions. If you plan to drive during this time, it's highly recommended to equip your vehicle with winter tires and carry snow chains. Always check the local weather forecast and road conditions before setting out on a journey.

When exploring the surrounding areas of Ohrid, such as the Galicica National Park, Ohrid Lake or the springs of St. Naum, driving offers unparalleled freedom, amazing sights and flexibility. However, be aware that some rural roads may be narrow, winding and poorly maintained, so exercise caution and be prepared for potential hazards, such as livestock or fallen rocks.

Driving in Ohrid and its surrounding areas can greatly enhance your travel experience, allowing you to discover the region's hidden gems and natural beauty at your own pace. If you are travelling in a larger group, you can also take advantage of van hire in Ohrid to make your trip easier to manage.

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 Ohrid

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 Ohrid

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Ohrid, 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.