Hiring a car is a good and flexible way to see the interesting sights in and around the once-upon-a-time historic city of Pataliputra, now known as Patna.
It is best if tourists book their car services online rather than on arrival, since not all car rental services have their desks at the airport.
Car rental companies at PAT
Caronrental, Patna Taxi, Savaari, Amba Travels, Maurya Cabs, Misha Travels, Taxi Guide and Book a cab all provide car rental services from Patna airport, as well as within and around the areas of Patna.
Rates and reservations
Eligible drivers can hire hatchbacks, sedans, and vans. The rates listed are per day for an average A/C 6-seater car such as Toyota Innova with boot space for 2 bags. These prices are exclusive of driver charges, or extra distance and time charges. For more information, tourists can access the car rental companies’ websites.
Driving from PAT
The Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport is located 5 km southwest of Patna city and Harding Road is the quickest way to get to the city centre. The city roads are not that crowded and traffic congestion is not a problem.
Driving is on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right.
Keep a car charger for all mobiles handy in the car. Also keep signal boosters for hilly terrain, extra bulbs for headlights, torches, and batteries.
Pack light snacks if you wish to avoid eating oily food at the dhabas on the highways. Patna weather is known to be generally hot, so carry and drink lots of water too.
Do not rely on Google Maps for routes because it doesn't tell about the state of the road while suggesting the shortest route. Talk to locals, hotel staff, and especially truck drivers who will give you valuable information regarding which roads to take while travelling to particular places.
Car renting tips
Know your vehicular needs before hiring a car. Keep in mind space, comfort and budget etc before zeroing in on a car for rent.
Think about how long you want the car for. Always book it for a longer period lest you end up returning the car when you still need it.
Make sure you also identify and fix pick and drop timings beforehand to avoid long waiting hours and delays.
You must be of 18 years of age to drive and rent a car as well as have your International Driving Permit.
Places to visit
Places to visit in Patna includes the Patna Museum, Sanjay gandhi Jaivik Udyan, Takht Shri Patna Sahib, Golghar and Patan Devi. Within a 120 km radius of Patna also lie three of Bihar’s most famous and historic places - the Buddhist monastery of Nalanda, the historic city of Rajgir and the religious site of Bodh Gaya. Use Skyscanner Car hire page to rent a car and kick-start your memorable holiday.