I do not like to lie on the beach for a long time, I definitely need to combine rest with active movements. Most of Sochi’s attractions are not within the city limits and you have to go to them. Of course, you can use a taxi or take an excursion every time, but it is much more convenient to travel by car.
Therefore, I always rent a car in Sochi without a driver. It is the car that provides maximum freedom and comfort. Those who already use public transport in Sochi during the summer season will agree. I used to drive my car from Moscow, but the distance of 1600 km with a child is quite difficult. Moreover, the section from Tuapse to Sochi is a continuous serpentine road with constant traffic jams.
- Car rental in Sochi
- Where to rent a car
- How I rented a Volkswagen Polo
- Why rent a car in Sochi
- Features of renting in Sochi
- Documents, age and experience
- Mileage and other conditions
- Payment by card and cash
- Acceptance and return of a car
Car rental in Sochi
Due to the corona crisis, some rental companies began to try with all their might to keep the deposit for themselves. Book only with trusted companies.
Where to rent a car
The main place where it is most convenient to rent a car is Sochi airport. You arrive and immediately get into the car. Naturally, you need to book by the time of your arrival. Also, a car can be ordered to the Sochi or Adler railway station, to Rosa Khutor. Probably, you can negotiate with some rentals and for a fee they will bring the car to any hotel in the Greater Sochi area, but I vote for the airport. So also the savings come out on a taxi.
In Sochi, there are international rental companies (Avis, Sixt, Budget) and local (Beta, Sochi Rent-a-Car, Eleks Polyus, etc.). Prices in international are noticeably higher than in local ones, although the cars are provided the same. Probably for foreigners, because these names will be familiar to them. But why should we spend extra money?
The best way to rent is through the brokers Economybookings and Myrentacar . The first is a well-known search engine for international car rentals (but it also shows local ones in the Russian Federation), and the second works only with local car rentals, where prices are lower. Both have been tested by me repeatedly. All rental conditions are known in advance.
So we calmly choose local rentals. The companies that are issued by brokers can be trusted. On the websites you can see offers from a dozen rental companies at once. Economy shows the rating of each rental, but based on personal experience, I would not say that you should rely on it.
Rent from 1500 rubles / day. Cheap! And this is in the summer season. For this money, you will get a car like the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai Solaris or Kia Rio. The main thing is not to book a couple of days before the trip, otherwise the choice will be less and it may become more expensive. Better at least 2 weeks.
I will separately mention Rentalcars , also a well-known broker owned by Booking.com. So for some reason the prices for Sochi / Adler are high on it. Naturally, you need to watch specific dates, but no matter how much I did not watch it, it always comes out more expensive for me.
How I rented a Volkswagen Polo
Always check prices with both brokers. In my case, it was cheaper in Economybookings, so I used his example. But the booking process is very similar, only some conditions differ (I described them below).
Setting the criteria
I needed an ordinary budget car for 5 days immediately upon arrival in Sochi, so that these days I could actively travel through all sorts of gorges, waterfalls, etc. That is, where it is difficult to get without a car.
In fact, the only requirement for the car: automatic transmission and air conditioning. But there are no problems with this in Sochi, the cars are mostly foreign cars (if you look through Economybookings ), all with air conditioners and most of them also with a gun. That is, without any special mark-up for these options.
I didn’t have to think too long. Among the first was the Volkswagen Polo or ANALOGUE with air conditioning and automatic transmission. The price also suited me more than, only 1542 rubles / day. And the rental that provides it has a normal rating (9.0), which is good too.
Right away, it makes sense to open the Terms of Rent . Especially if you are renting for the first time. See if you meet the requirements for drivers, find out the amount of the deposit and deductible from the insurance. It also says about cancellation. Here, in principle, everything is standard, but you need to check.
In my case, the car is EDAR (Econom), so the experience is from 3 years, the deposit is 5000 rubles, and the deductible is 25000 rubles.
Please note, when you click on the green Book button in the car card, they try to sell you the options Full protection and Roadside assistance by default , they increase the cost of renting a car. If you do not need them, then do not forget to click on the crosses to remove. Shown in the screenshot.
The “Full protection” option is an analogue of CASCO and, in principle, a useful thing, there will be less headache if the car is damaged. But if you are a careful driver and also drive your car without such insurance, then see for yourself. I told about insurance in more detail below.
The option “Assistance on the road” – it seems to me that it is not a very necessary option, especially from a broker who is not located at all in Sochi. Although it is inexpensive, I would not take it.
Booking and rental voucher
Then everything is simple, just click Continue each time and fill in your data, starting with your full name and flight number, and ending with your bank card.
At the time of booking, you do not pay the full amount, but only an advance. It’s comfortable!
After payment, you will receive an email with the details of your order. This booking has not yet been confirmed. Usually it takes no more than a day until it is confirmed. I received a voucher the next day after ordering.
If suddenly, the reservation is not confirmed, the advance will be returned to the card. It was like that for me too, don’t worry, they return everything. But this situation can happen only in those cases when you book a car a couple of days before the trip, that is, too late.
How did everything go
Upon arrival, I reached the office, which is right next to the airport (I found this out in advance) and showed my booking from the phone. The remaining amount for the rental was deducted from my Tinkoff card and a deposit of 5000 rubles was frozen on it.
The car turned out to be a Volkswagen Polo, a sedan with a range of about 24 thousand km. The car was almost new, and the condition was also excellent, there was even nothing to add to the inspection sheet (I got it clean at all). The whole procedure took about 10 minutes, probably no more.
When I returned it, I filled up a full tank and washed it, as the car got dusty. The inside was clean, so only the outside was washed. Upon returning to the car, they glanced quickly and, in fact, everyone. And I went on foot to the airport and flew to Moscow. A deposit of 5000 rubles a few days later (depending on the bank), returned to me back to the card.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to tell. I often go to Sochi by car, so everything is already familiar. Since the understudy was built, it has become much easier and more convenient to move. Inside Sochi, of course, traffic jams during the season and parking is hard to find. There is an excellent track to Krasnaya Polyana, it is a pleasure to drive.
Traffic cops have not met me with radars, but they sometimes stand on the road. Before entering the understudy from the Adler side, they are constantly standing, for example. And when you drive along the serpentines on the M4, you have to be careful not to hit the oncoming lane with your wheels when cornering. Traffic cops can hide behind bushes and roll in a fine later. I didn’t get it myself, but the locals told me.
Why rent a car in Sochi
If you come to Sochi and are not going to sit in one place (beach, hotel, cafes), then you will have to come up with something in terms of transport. Unfortunately, public transport is overcrowded in summer, and a lot of people come to rest. A taxi for constant movement is quite expensive, and the waiting time for a car can be delayed.
The most affordable alternative is car sharing , which is also available in Sochi. But it doesn’t work as it should. There are often not enough cars, but somewhere there are none at all. Therefore, active travelers either drive their own or rent them.
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- Convenient and comfortable. You can always turn on the air conditioner in the car, which cannot be said about minibuses. You can always leave some things in the car to change clothes, a bottle of water, etc.
- Only by car can you embrace the immensity. Believe me, on buses and minibuses you will spend so much time on the road that you will not be able to make half the time.
- All attractions are available. Not all places can be reached with a guided tour, taxi or car sharing.
- Savings on taxi. From the airport, you can go to the hotel in a rented car. By the way, a taxi costs like 1 day of rent.
Features of renting in Sochi
Documents, age and experience
All you need is a general Russian passport and a category B driver’s license. This is true for everyone. It makes sense to check the requirements for age and experience each time, since they differ depending on the rental company.
The minimum age to rent a car is usually 21-22 years old. And the maximum is about 75 years. At the same time, some rentals sometimes take a surcharge for a young driver (about 200 rubles / day), depending on age. Usually, the more expensive the car (higher class), the older you need to be. For example, there is no co-payment for Economy from 25 years old, for other classes from 27 years old.
The minimum driving experience is 1-2 years. But for more expensive cars it can be installed at least 3-5 years.
All rented cars come with insurance. Insurances are different.
A deductible is an amount that means the limit of your liability if you suddenly get into an accident or otherwise damage your car. If, for example, a deductible of 25 thousand rubles, then in case of any damage you will get a maximum of this amount, no more.
Cars through the Economybookings broker always come with insurance with a deductible. Therefore, the broker offers to pay separately for the Full protection option . Then the insurance will be with a zero deductible.
It works like this: first, you pay the distributor the loss within the franchise, and then tell the broker about it, after which they will reimburse you for your losses. But you can take full insurance in the rental itself on the spot, only it can be more expensive. Decide for yourself what is more convenient for you.
Also remember that full insurance from a dealer usually does not cover wheels, glass, mirrors and underbody.
Broker Myrentacar does not offer any insurance options. At the time of booking, you have a choice of those insurances that are provided by the rental company itself: OSAGO or CASCO. It’s convenient because you can see the prices right away. There is no need to explain what this insurance is, I think everyone knows.
The funny thing is that often a car with CASCO in one rental costs the same as a car with CTP in another. Why pay more?
Remember. CASCO and full insurance of the distributor does not cover wheels, mirrors, glass and underbody. They are only covered by the Full Protection from Economybookings option.
You leave a deposit or, in other words, a deposit after signing the lease agreement on the spot. It is frozen on your bank card (many rentals also take cash) and returned to you after you give the car back.
The deposit depends, again, on the specific company and the high cost of the car. Usually 5-10 thousand rubles for inexpensive, and 10-30 thousand rubles for more expensive cars.
Broker Myrentacar offers the “No Deposit” option. Yes, it makes rent more expensive, but it is suitable for those who do not want to leave money as collateral.
Mileage and other conditions
In Sochi, there is a limitation of mileage (250 km per day), as happens in the same Crimea , but not often. But for a premium car, there is usually a limitation.
There is also a restriction on leaving the Krasnodar Territory or further than 90 km from Sochi. In principle, this is more than enough for you, if you really are not going to go somewhere to Gelendzhik or to Rostov-on-Don.
Some rentals prohibit leaving the territory of the Russian Federation and traveling to Abkhazia. But again, see the conditions, sometimes it is possible for an additional fee. The main thing is to coordinate all such moments with the rental company, not to do it without their knowledge.
Payment by card and cash
On Economybookings it is written that you definitely need a CREDIT bank card to pay the deposit, but in fact it is not! The fact is that the service is international and abroad, this condition exists (although many Russian cards make their way like credit cards). But in Sochi and Crimea, almost all car rentals accept regular debit cards and often cash. Checked.
Just in case, you can write off the rental in advance and find out this moment.
Acceptance and return of a car
If you indicate your flight, you will be met at the airport. Remember, airport parking is paid, and in order not to pay 250 rubles, you can tell the manager yourself, they say, let’s drive away from it. Sometimes they offer it themselves.
Alternatively, if the office is located right next to it, then you can walk to it. For example, this time my car was from the Beta company, and it took about 7 minutes to go.
- When inspecting a car, be sure to add all damage to the inspection sheet, scratches, dents (check for dents on the thresholds). Also look for chipped glass, mirrors, and roof. Even if the manager says: “This scratch is bullshit, we don’t pay such attention”, you still ask to add it.
- If you have full insurance from the rental itself, then the inspection sheet is no longer important. If you have “Full Protection” from Economybookings, then the inspection sheet still makes sense so that you do not have to carry out all these procedures with write-offs / refunds for damages later.
- When examining, be sure to take some photos from all sides. You can shoot a video, that’s fine too.
- Usually the car is always handed over with a full tank and you must return it as well. There is a gas station near the airport, do not be lazy and refuel before you give it away. Otherwise, the missing liters will be written off at an inflated price.
- The car must be returned clean. This also applies to the body and floor mats. Again, it is cheaper to stop by the car wash on the way than to pay 500 rubles just for dirty rugs.
PS Maybe I didn’t write something, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.