Can I cross the border with a rental car from Baku?
Of all car hire locations in Baku available to book through momondo, none allow cross border travel and this is strictly enforced. All car hire in Baku is restricted to travel within its own country’s borders only. Your vehicle will not be covered if it does cross borders, and fines will be applied to your credit card by the car hire in Baku for breach of terms. If your travel plans include multiple countries, crossing the borders between your destinations may need to be through a different mode of transportation. Thrifty, however, does offer cross border hire into Georgia with prior notice and a mandatory additional insurance package; so if Georgia is on your itinerary, Thrifty may have an option to get you there.
Can you hire a car in Baku without a credit card?
The majority of companies offering car hire in Baku will not accept any method of payment other than a major credit, and this also includes cheap car hire in Baku. Most car hires only accept Visa or Mastercard and don't accept American Express. A security deposit will be applied to the credit card on collection of the car, and released in full on return of the car hire in Baku, minus any additional fees incurred. Generally, a debit card either does not allow transactions of that size or the Baku car hire office simply does not allow it. The only supplier that does accept debit cards is Thrifty, and they will also accept cash payment. If using cash payment, you must also provide them with a credit or debit card in your name that matches your other identification documents for security purposes.
What driving laws should I keep an eye out for in Baku?
One main law for driving in Azerbaijan to be aware of is that you must at all times carry your driver’s licence, International Driving Permit and paperwork for both registration and insurance of the vehicle; insurance is mandatory. There is also a minimum age requirement of 18 to drive, and when organising car hire in Baku, this same requirement applies. Speed limits vary across Baku and Azerbaijan and can change quickly, so be wary of speed limit signs. For residential zones, the speed limit is 20 km/h; it’s 60 km/h in urban areas; and outside of these areas, it’s 90 km/h, all unless otherwise signed. The motorway speed limits are usually 110 km/h. The blood alcohol limit in Azerbaijan is strictly zero, so be aware that one or two drinks may put you over the limit, if you are out for an evening.
What documents does an international traveller need to hire a car in Baku?
Whether you are looking for luxury car hire in Baku, electric car hire, passenger van hire or economy car hire, the age requirement for most car hire in Baku is 21 years of age or above, some with a minimum of 24. Avis does allow drivers from 18 years of age; though, there is a young driver fee applied for drivers 18 to 23 years of age. Your driver’s licence needs to be in your name, be valid and you must have held it for at least one year (some hiring agencies will require two years). You will also need to provide your passport as a secondary form of photo identification, along with your major credit card, which must be in your name. If you are opting to use your own insurance coverage for your hire vehicle, you will need to have paperwork, as the agent for car hire in Baku may certainly want a copy of the proof of coverage; it is a legal requirement to have evidence of an active coverage policy while driving in Azerbaijan.