Car & Van Hire in Katowice

Enterprise car hire locations in Katowice

Katowice is one of the biggest cities in southern Poland. Katowice International airport is 32 kilometres away. Car rental in Katowice can be arranged before leaving the airport at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in Terminal C, which is open 24/7. From this terminal, you can also take the airport express bus. Lines AP2 and AP3 run day and night between the airport and Katowice's bus and train stations, making stops in convenient city centre locations. This may be an option if you travel light, especially considering that travel time is similar whether you drive (40 minutes) or take the bus (50 minutes).

What to do and see in Katowice

Katowice's Old Town is a great place to start sightseeing during a stay in this Polish town. Starting at Market Square (which often hosts open-air events), there's a sprawling network of cobblestone streets packed with outdoor coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and bars.

The Old Town is the perfect place to sample traditional Silesian food, known for being hearty and flavourful. Some local dishes to try include stuffed dumplings, Silesian-style zurek soup, beef roulade, pierogi and pork chops. Katowice's Old Town also has a wide selection of restaurants serving international cuisine, from Italian to Thai, Turkish or Japanese.

A short 5-minute drive north of the Old Town takes you to another cluster of tourist attractions. Some must-sees in this area include the Silesian Museum, where you can discover the city's history and its mining past, Bogucki Park and the Polish Folk Art Museum.

If you have your car or van rental in Katowice, you can also go on day trips and explore the surrounding areas at your own pace. Some of the most popular nearby attractions include the old silver mine at Tarnowskie Gory, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tyskie Brewing Museum, where you can learn all about one of Poland's most famous beers and Krakow's Old Town, also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you're in Katowice with the family, it's worth driving your car rental 96 kilometres to Moszna Castle, an impressive 18th-century fairy tale-style building surrounded by equally impressive grounds. Kids will love spending time outdoors at Katowice forest park or at Valley of the Three Ponds, where you can go swimming and hire a boat or kayak if the weather allows it. Between April and October, Legendia Silesian Amusement Park is another worthwhile option. For indoor child-friendly entertainment, you only need a short drive to JumpCity, an indoor amusement park near a suburban shopping area on the southern side of town.

Shopping options in Katowice include Silesia City Centre, which is one of Poland's largest shopping complexes, Katowice Gallery, a shopping centre within walking distance of Market Square and the Designer Outlet at Sosnowiec. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

Katowice hosts a number of important annual events, most of which are held either at the city's International Conference Centre or at the Spodek Arena. These venues are home to concerts, congresses and trade fairs.

Popular events in Katowice include the city's Book Fair, the music festivals Metalmania and Mayday, Rawa Blues Festival, known as the world's largest festival of its kind and Ars Cameralis Festival, devoted to contemporary music and visual arts. That's in addition to the regular classical music performances held at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra building.

Driving in Katowice

From the city's airport, you can reach downtown Katowice in under 40 minutes, driving along the A1 road. This toll motorway traverses Poland from north to south, starting at Gdansk and ending near the border with the Czech Republic. The speed limit here is 140 km/h.

The main access roads into Katowice are the S86 Expressway, which travels south and east of the city centre until it joins the A1, National Road 81, which connects the downtown area with southern Katowice, and highway A4, which goes all the way into Krakow. On expressways and dual carriageways, the speed limit is 120 km/h.

Katowice doesn't have a vignette system on its toll roads. Instead, you only pay for driving on certain sections of the motorway, and the fee is based on the distance travelled and the type of vehicle you drive.

The network of interconnecting motorways and expressways formed by the A4, Drogowa Trasa Średnicowa dual carriageway (DK79) and Aleja Murckowska (S86 expressway) act as a ring road that provides access to most parts of Katowice.

If you plan to drive in the city centre, keep in mind that most of the Old Town and the area near the Silesian Museum falls under the Tempo 30 Zone, where the speed limit is set to 30 km/h. In addition, some Old Town streets are pedestrian only.

Paid parking is available in most of central Katowice. Please note that parking fees only apply on weekdays between the hours of 09:00-16:30. Also, keep in mind that parking spots marked with yellow lines are reserved for registered residents. Municipal parking is available near the International Conference Centre and across from the park by the Katowice roundabout.

Car and van hire in Poland with Enterprise

Enterprise Poland 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 Katowice

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 Katowice

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