If the idea of driving in Europe appeals to you, you may be interested in research that reveals the cheapest car hire rates in the capital cities of European countries.

Two people riding in a convertible car with ther hands in the air
The cheapest capital cities in which to hire a car in Europe have been revealed © simonapilolla/Getty Images

Whether you’re travelling around one destination or going on a road trip, you may be looking at some large costs around hiring a car, depending on the location. Research carried out by ChooseMyCar may help in that respect, as it reveals which European countries are the cheapest when it comes to hiring a car and which are more expensive.

View of Podgorica with the Moraca river in Montenegro
Car hire is cheapest in Podgorica, Montenegro © Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock

The research indicates that Podgorica is the cheapest, as you can rent a car there for a week for only £31 (€36.50). It may be small, but there is plenty to explore in Montenegro's capital as the city has some excellent galleries, plenty of parks and a vibrant café culture. As you drive around exploring, you'll see that Podgorica sits at the confluence of two rivers. West of the Morača is the business district, while the Ribnica divides the eastern side in two. The south side is Stara Varoš, the old Ottoman town, while north is Nova Varoš, home to a lively mixture of shops and bars.

Colourful flowers at the cafes of Skandarlija (Skandarska), Belgrade's bohemian quarter
Belgrade in Serbia came in second place for cheapest car rental © e2dan/Shutterstock

Belgrade in Serbia came in second place, with a week's car rental costing £43 (€50.65). Belgrade's gritty exuberance makes it one of Europe's most happening cities, and as you cruise its streets, you will see socialist blocks squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrasting with Ottoman relics and socialist modernist monoliths. The third-cheapest was Zagreb in Croatia, where car hire costs £56.09 (€66.06) for a week, possibly because it's a city made for strolling. You can search out the grittier pockets of town where bland concrete walls have been transformed into colourful murals by local street artists.

Zagreb Croatia at Sunset. Aerial View from above of Ban Jelacic Square.
It's very reasonable to hire a car in Zagreb © Razvan Ionut Dragomirescu/Shutterstock

Sarejevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina came in fourth place with a week's car hire costing £59.14 (€69.63), and Athens in Greece came in fifth position with a cost of £90.16 (€106.14) per week.

You can check out the full list of cities and their car rental prices by visiting ChooseMyCar's website here.

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