Russian tourists often consider Sochi to be the “summer capital” of Russia, with long boardwalks, palm trees, and comfortable Black Sea weather. But it is ironically perhaps best known outside of Russia as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Regardless of your country of origin, Sochi is an excellent base for both outdoor and indoor adventures. You will definitely want a car to take advantage of everything Sochi offers, including excellent nightclubs and the outdoor beauty of the nearby Agura Valley. Book your rental car today!
Swimming season spans from May through October in Sochi. Most tourists arrive in July and August, but the climate is very enjoyable in September and October as well, when the streets are a little less packed.
Russian is the most commonly spoken language of Sochi, though it is one of the most multicultural cities in the country.
Sochi is in the Moscow Time Zone, UTC+3.
The currency of Russia is the ruble. Some large stores may accept credit cards, but restaurants and smaller stores will only accept cash. Make use of numerous ATMs throughout the city to keep some cash on hand.
Car hire is available in 14 locations throughout Sochi, including at Sochi International Airport (AER), the railway station, at the port, and downtown.
As a Russian seaport, Sochi grants visa-free access to cruise and ferry passengers for up to 72 hours. Otherwise, Russia’s typical country-wide visa regulations apply to all visitors: Citizens of around 30 countries, such as Brazil and Turkey, can visit Russia visa-free for a period of 14 to 90 days depending on their nationality. Citizens of all other countries, such as EU and North American countries, must apply for a visa at a Russian embassy or consulate before they arrive. To apply for a visa, you’ll need an invitation from a private or business entity in Russia in addition to your application. You can expect to pay an invitation fee, an application fee, and a visa fee. Within 7 days of your arrival, your host is responsible for registering you, which can be done at a post office.
Although central Sochi is fairly walkable, you’ll likely want to explore the city more thoroughly, and you may find that some walking paths are uncomfortable to navigate by foot. However, parking in the city is limited, so take advantage of your rental car by getting out of the city and exploring Sochi’s surroundings as well.
Car hire in Sochi typically starts at around $19 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Sochi:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
For the most variety in cars and pick-up locations, book your rental car in Sochi less than 3 months in advance of your arrival. Rental companies such as Arenda Avto in downtown Sochi can often beat the prices of other locations by around $1 a day, but the availability of their cars becomes increasingly difficult to book farther in advance.
Otherwise, rental companies such as Beta Rent, located at the airport and the railway station, offer constant prices year round. Keep an eye out for frequent discounts of around 15% to keep your rental prices from Beta Rent low.
The longer you rent your car, the lower your rental prices fall. For instance, a rental booked for only two days is likely to cost around $20 a day. A rental booked for longer than two weeks can fall to around $15 a day.