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Renting a Car in Zaporozhye: Quaint Beauty in South-Eastern Ukraine
Zaporozhye is a small, beautiful city situated in the southeastern part of Ukraine. Formerly known as Alexandrovsk, the city sits on the banks of the Dnieper River and is the sixth largest city in the country and one of the biggest administrative centers in the region. It gained its current name in 1921 when the Soviet regime was established in the country. Prior to the building of the Hydroelectric Station, the River Dneiper was full of rapids – hence ‘Zaporozhye’, which means ‘beyond the rapids’. The island of Khortitsa is in the middle of the city, splitting the river into two. Although the city itself can get a little polluted, the Khortitsa Isle offers a literal breath of fresh air, as it is protected by clean, fresh water and dry air from the steppe. A popular destination amongst Ukrainians, the island contains many health centers and spas.
What to See in Zaporozhye
Zaporozhye is a city thriving with industry and culture, and it offers an eclectic mix of history and modernity. Home to Ukrainian Cossacks, the Khortitsa Isle is the largest island of the Dnieper River and houses the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station – an enormous construction of the Soviet regime. The Khortitsa National Sanctuary is a beautiful reserve with forests, beaches, and the river, and visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, and kayaking, and many other ways to enjoy the scenery. The island also boasts historical monuments, including a fortress, as well as the Museum of Zaporizhian Cossacks. The museum houses exhibits dating back to the Stone Age.
The city of Zaporozhye is home to a number of museums and churches that will be of interest to any traveler. Its museums include the Faeton Retro Cars Museum, the Motor Sich Aviation Museum, and the Zaporozhye Regional Lore Museum. For outdoor fun visitors can enjoy Voznesenovskiy Park, Rainbow Fountains Cascade, and the City Children Botanic Gardens. For children, there’s the Zaporozhye Children Railway, and a delightful puppet theater. You can find everything you need in any of the large shopping malls and complexes around the city. All in all, Zaporozhye is a vibrant city that will satisfy history-buffs, nature-lovers, and city slickers alike.
When to Visit
The climatic conditions of the city range from hot and humid summers to very severe winters. For those who want a sunny vacation, the best time to visit Zaporozhye is probably between June and August, when the temperature is a pleasant 72℉. January sees the temperature as low as -4, so visiting at this time is only advisable if you are prepared for cold weather.
Renting a car to explore the city is an excellent way to explore and gives you ample time to experience the rich culture that the city offers at your own pace, rather than being limited by group tours and itineraries, or having to depend on public transport.
Car Rental Tariffs in Zaporozhye:
There is a wide selection of cars to choose from, with varying options and packages, and the tariffs depend on the type of vehicle and the duration of the rental. Cars can be rented in numerous destinations across the country, the most popular being the airport. You can also rent cars at the Zaporozhye railway station. Pay attention to any extras that may be added on to the rental cost and remember to book your car in advance if you want to save money. Although a vehicle is rented out to one main driver, an additional driver can be added for a small fee, provided that they are personally present in the rental office and have the required documentation in hand.
Here’s a list of some of the current deals:
- Renault Logan or similar (economy class) – $21/day
- Toyota Corolla or similar (compact class) – $41/day
- Skoda Fabia or similar (mini class) – $42/day
- Volkswagen Jetta or similar (intermediate class) – $56/day
- Volkswagen Tiguan or similar (standard class) – $98/day
Rules of the Road
To rent a car, drivers must always carry in the vehicle:
- A full and valid driving license from their own country, and an international driving permit
- Registration and insurance papers
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning triangle
- Headlamp beam deflectors
Things to Remember:
- Driving is on the right
- Headlights must be on even in the daytime
- The driver and all passengers in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt
- Mobile phone use is not permitted while driving, unless the phone has hands-free equipment.
- Children under the age of 12or below 145cm in height must use an appropriate harness
- Don’t drink and drive: the legal limit of blood-alcohol is zero
- Speed limits may not be signposted, so make sure you know them: 35 miles per hour in built-up areas, 70 miles per hour outside of built-up areas, and 80 miles per hour on motorways
- Winter tires on wheels are mandatory during winter, usually between November and April