Car hire at Poznan Airport - visit Poland in a rental car
Poznan is Poland´s fifth biggest city.
The city of Poznan successfully combines rich historical and cultural heritage with a strong economic position in the present. The cradle of Polish nation and the first historical capital of Poland, Poznan is nowadays an important reference for trade and commerce in Europe and even world wide, for the trade fairs the city hosts.
Poznan - convenient location in Poland and in Europe
The advantageous location next to E30 motorway linking Poznan to Berlin (distance Poznan - Berlin: 150 mi, west of Poznan) and Warsaw (distance Pozan - Warsaw: 170 mi, east of Poznan) makes it a convenient transition point in Central Europe and a great base for exploring the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region. See the general map of Poland.
The expansion of low-cost airlines on Poznan Airport, with new domestic and international connections brings more and more visitors to Poznan for both, business and pleasure.
Poznan Lawica Airport
Poznan-Lawica Henryk Wieniawski International Airport - POZ is the official name of the city´s main airport. The full name, honouring the famous Polish composer will most likely be shortened to Poznan Lawica (or Poznań Ławica in Polish spelling) being Lawica the name of the area hosting the airport, or simply - Poznan Airport.
Poznan Airport is located 3.5 mi west of the city centre and easily accessible by public transportation or by car.
Although one of the oldest airports in Poland, Poznan Lawica is a comfortable and well maintained airport with a good selection of passenger facilities. Most major car rental brands are represented at Poznan Airport, including AVIS Rent-A-Car, Budget, Hertz Car Hire, Europcar and Sixt. A local Polish rent-a-car company Autonaczas.pl also offers their services at the airport in Poznan.
Cheap Poznan car hire
Generally, you can expect Poznan Airport car hire rates starting from around £150 for the cheapest economy class vehicle (Ford Fiesta or similar) for a 7 days rental in Poznan. Sometimes you see these rental vehicles advertised as supermini rental cars.
The cheapest Poznan car hire is usually a small vehicle in the city car class (Citroen C1, Chevrolet Spark, Peugeot 107, Hyundai i10 or similar). The savings, however, are very limited and unless you prefer the easy parking of the smallest car, you are really better off booking the better equipped, more spacious, much safer and only slightly more expensive super-mini class/economy class rental car.
In the economy class of hire cars, sometimes, you can find offers for stationcars/estates for the same price as a 4 door sedan or 5 door hatchback in Poznan Airport. Although they are not big cars, the small estates have more room for luggage and will, frequently, be one of the following models: Peugeot 207 Estate, Renault Clio Estate or Seat Ibiza Estate/Tourer.
If you want to drive in style, the more expensive cars for hire in Poznan Airport tend to be quite good value too. For instance, you will often be able to book the cheapest luxury hire car in Poznan for less than £400 for one week of car hire in Poland. The available hire cars in the executive class include Mercedes, BMW, Audi - and in Poland quite frequently also larger Volvo hire cars.
There seems to be very little difference in car hire rates between seasons in Poznan Airport, but do book your car online as it is cheaper. If you manage to book well in advance of the most popular Poznan trade fairs, you are likely to avoid the price hikes that inadvertently take place when cars for hire in Poland are in short supply.
Poznan International Fair
Trade and commerce fairs were first held in Poznan in 1921. The representatives of different sectors of commercial activity would come to Poznan to show their businesses, sell and buy products and services and get to know the competition. Nowadays, the trade shows and exhibitions in Poznan are also a powerful tool of marketing and a platform for communication for broad-minded entrepreneurs. In 2011, over 11 thousand exhibitors from 63 different countries participated in Poznan fairs and 450 thousand visited throughout the year.
As it is easy to imagine, during the most important exhibitions, the inflow of business people to Poznan can be as high as at the one of tourists at the peak of high season in the summer months and the car hire demand respectively increased. The city´s tourist infrastructures and services adjust to the rhythm of the Poznan fair so if you are not in Poznan for business it is advisable to take the trade fairs agenda into consideration when planning your visit to Poznan. Read more about the upcoming events at the Poznan International Fair.
Poznan tourist attraction
Although greatly destroyed during the war, the historical part of Poznan was meticulously rebuilt and today you can enjoy the city´s old Market Square with the Renaissance Town Hall, the Imperial Castle or St. Peter and St. Paul´s Cathedral on Ostrow Tumski Island. Read more about Poznan tourist sites.
One of the most emblematic attractions of modern era Poznan is an artificial lake Malta, with a number of recreational activities along its edge: an artificial ski slope open all year long, an ice rink, a zoo and cycling paths. The Malta Lake is a venue for many water-sports events, especially Rowing World Cup, held in Poznan since 1952.
The Malta Theatre Festival held in Poznan for over two decades now is an important reference in the world of performing arts.
Places of interest outside Poznan - roadtrip in Poland
You can put your Poznan hire car to a good use exploring the places of tourist interest around the city. Gniezno, for instance, located 30 mi east from Poznan is Poland´s first capital and the cradle of the Polish state. Amongst many well preserved examples of gothic architecture here, not to be missed is the Gniezno Cathedral which witnessed the coronation of the first five Polish kings.
Kornik, 16 mi south-east of Poznan, boasts a XIV century castle and one of the biggest libraries in Poland, with many priceless printings and manuscripts.
In Rogalin, 12 mi south of Poznan, apart from a baroque palace, you can visit an unique landscape park spreading on the bank of Warta River, with 1000-year old oak trees.
Finally, for a slightly unusual roadtrip sightseeing experience, do not miss out on Wolsztyn, 57 mi west of Poznan, and its last remaining regularly-scheduled steam trains in Europe, maintained by Polish national railways as a live museum.
Fly to and from Poznan Lawica Airport
Poznan Airport is very well connected to other major Polish cities. With LOT, Eurolot and a low-cost OTL Express airlines you can fly from Poznan to the major Polish cities: Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice and Szczecin.
The low-cost carriers Ryanair and Wizzair offer flights from Poznan to many destinations in the UK, London (Stansted and Luton), Liverpool and Bristol amongst others, as well as in Europe.
Departures to Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf are available from Lufthansa Regional; Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle fly to Oslo-Gardermoen and Copenhagen from Poznan-Lawica.