Car Rental in Baku
Besides the many incredible landmarks situated in and around the immaculately preserved Old Town of Baku, travelers to the city will find many interesting opportunities outside of Baku which are easily accessible by rental car.
Where to rent a car in Baku
Along with the variety of local car rental companies available from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, there are a couple of international providers situated in central Baku including Avis and Hertz. A local company called Aznur offers a 24-hour car rental service directly from the airport in Terminal 1 if you want to get a hold of your rental vehicle right away; otherwise you can easily travel into the center of Baku via the 24-hour Aero Express Line train or by taxi.
Driving in Baku
Baku is a city best explored with your own car as there are many places worth visiting outside of the city which aren’t accessible on the local bus network. The city experiences the usual congestion during the morning and evening rush hours but it’s nothing like what you might find in other global cities notorious for their traffic. The roads in Baku are good quality but you will find the infrastructure is much less developed in the rural areas outside the city, so you may be best off renting a 4x4 if you plan on exploring the region extensively. Local driving etiquette isn’t the best so try to drive defensively and expect reckless driving by locals.
Parking in Baku
A number of parking spaces were recently established in Baku to cope with increasing demand. The first 15 minutes of parking is free in most spaces, with payment required for longer stays. You can expect to pay around the equivalent of 2 AED per hour and many of the parking spots are available for the full day. However, be aware that some parking privileges are available for local residents only. There are private parking lots available in the city which will be safer options if you plan to park for an extended period of time.
Where to go around Baku
It will be easy to park up around the center of Baku and explore the UNESCO-listed Old City on foot as the landmarks located here are all within walking distance of one another. There are also plenty more fascinating places to see across the rest of the city such as the Mosque of the Martyrs and the stunning Heydar Aliyev Center, a unique work of architecture which contains a museum. There are many excellent day trips options from Baku which all become possible with your own car such as the popular coastal resort of Nabran around 3 hours north by car or the serene mountain village of Khinalug which is 3 hours 30 minutes from Baku.
* This information is correct as of December 2018