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Top Destinations in Moldova

Traveling from one destination to another is never burdensome for those driving in Moldova. Most attractions here can be driven within two to three hours. The less time travel, the more time you will have to explore every scenery in the country.

Ștefan cel Mare Central Park

Before heading out to the rural areas of Moldova, you can drive and spend some time in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital. Here lies one of the largest parks in the country that spans about seven hectares. The park is home to 50 species of trees, some acacia, and mulberries; here are 130 and 180-year-olds. The park is open 24 hours, and the view at night is much more dramatic and romantic at the same time.

This was initially built and laid out in 1818 by engineers of the Russian military during Alexander I’s reign. The park has gained its nickname “The Park of the Lovers” since it is mostly used as a meeting place for couples. You can also spend your alone time here if you are traveling solo. You can also try local and international food as the park also houses restaurants, cafes, and other eating places.

Driving Directions:

  • If you are coming from Chisinau International Airport, you will have to travel for 24 minutes to reach this destination.
  • Follow Strada Aeroportului to Bulevardul Dacia/R2.
  • Turn left onto Bulevardul Dacia/R2.
  • Turn right.
  • Continue on Muncesti Hwy. Drive to Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt.

Driving in foreign countries, most car rental companies require you to secure an International Driving Permit in Moldova. If you wish to drive, your driver’s license and international driving permit in Moldova are requirements that you need to present to rent a car. Some car rental agencies might ask for a credit card. Application for an international driving permit in Moldova is made online, and in just a few hours, you can already have your IDP.

It is recommended to get an IDP ahead of your travel since the shipment of a physical copy of your international driver’s permit for Moldova to your address takes time. If you are based in the US, you will receive the document 7-15 business days and 30 days internationally. To avoid delays and confusion on your international driver’s permit shipment in Moldova, a zip code should be provided upon application.

National Museum Of Ethnography And Natural History

This museum was founded in 1889 and is now Moldova’s oldest museum. Initially, it was built as an agricultural museum but later expanded to study Bessarabian culture. The interiors present two sections where history enthusiasts will appreciate. The first section shows the country’s flora and fauna and its transformation over the years. Another section was made to exhibit the Moldovan people and their traditions, making visitors glimpse the evolution of Moldovan ethnicity.

Some pieces you will see inside the museum include paleontological, geological, zoological, ethnographic, archaeological, and numismatic collections. Never miss the full skeleton of a mastodon (Deinotherium Gigantismus), one of the largest mammals that ever lived on the earth seven million years ago. A botanical garden and zoo are also nearby where reptiles and birds from all over the world can be seen. The museum opens Tuesday-Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Driving Directions:

  • The museum is just near the capital of Moldova and is only a 10-minute drive from the center.
  • Head southwest toward Muncesti Hwy
  • Take Strada București to Strada Mihail Kogălniceanu

To start your application for an international driver’s permit in Moldova, a form is on the website. As you continue your application for an international driver’s permit for Moldova, upload the requirements such as your driver’s license and a passport-sized photo of you. You must upload the requirements first before you can proceed to the next steps.

An international driver’s permit in Moldova on the website only takes two hours. After you submitted your international driver’s permit for the Moldova application form, the IDA team will review and approve it within two hours. You will then receive the digital copy of your international driver’s permit for Moldova through the email address you provided.

Orheiul Vechi

This valley, shaped by the Raut River with pure natural beauty, is considered one of the most unusual sights in Moldova. Orheiul Vechi, known as Old Orhei, is an archeological, cultural, and historical complex featuring huge limestone outcroppings. Several monuments and buildings can be found in the valley from different historical periods, dating back from the 10th century to BC until the Golden Horde occupation in the 14th century AD.

A museum was built to provide details and additional information about the palace and to hold exhibits. A monastery nearby is called the Vechi Monastery Complex, which is carved into a huge limestone cliff. Orheiul Vechi is open most of the day but is closed at night when the cave monastery is closed.

Driving Directions:

  • Driving to Orheiul Vechi takes more than an hour.
  • Take Strada Albişoara to Bulevardul Grigore Vieru/E584.
  • Take M2 to R23 în Raionul Orhei.
  • Continue on R23 to your destination.

If you wish to drive with your international driver’s permit in Moldova, in the city, or rural areas, you need to wait for your IDP’s physical copy. This is because authorities will not acknowledge the digital copy. It is a must as well that before submitting your application for an international driver’s permit in Moldova, check the zip code if that is the exact one for your location. This way, you will not experience delays with the shipment of your document.

Securing an international driver’s permit for Moldova, any exam is not needed. Once you logged on to the website, a one-page application for your international driver’s permit in Moldova is available online. For citizens whose license is not printed in the Roman alphabet should secure an international driver’s permit in Moldova to drive on Moldovan roads.

Tipova Monastery

Tipova Monastery was formed from rocks along the Dniester River banks that have been dug out. It has three main complexes; the oldest is the Church of the Feast of the Holy Cross, built in the 11th century. Other complexes include the Church of St. Nicolas in the 14th century and the Horodiste built in the 16th century. About 20 monks stay here as every cave has a monk’s cells.

It was believed that Christians used to take refuge from the Tartar during their invasion in the 13th century. You can stroll along with the Monastery, appreciate nature, and at the end of your hike are waterfalls on Tipova River. There is no specific time when the monastery opens for tourists, but you can visit here in daylight.

Driving Directions:

  • Getting to Tipova Monastery will take you 1 hour and 28 minutes by car.
  • Take Strada Albişoara to Bulevardul Grigore Vieru/E584
  • Follow M2 and R20 to L165 in Raionul Rezina
  • Continue on L165 to your destination.

In case you applied late for your international driver’s permit in Moldova, the nearest city in Moldova can be your address for the shipment of a physical copy. It depends on you; you must know the exact delivery date to assign a delivery address in your location. If not in the cities, you can ship your international driver’s permit to any Moldova district.

Your international driver’s permit in Moldova today is still valid on your next international travel. Since an International Driving Permit in Moldova is valid in 150 countries worldwide, you just need to check the expiration so you can update it immediately. To renew your international driver’s permit in Moldova, an application form must still be filled out. Unlike other applications for licenses, you can apply for an international driver’s permit in Moldova without an exam.

Soroca

Continue exploring Moldova’s ancient history through Soroca. It is a city of Moldova that sits on the Dniester River, holding a significant role in the country’s history. It houses the Soroca Fortress built in the 14th century by princes to solidify their position against the invaders. The armies defended the country well from this vantage point during wars and sieges.

There is a large Roma community in the city, having Soroca as the unofficial capital of Roma. You can walk through the mansions of the Roma elite lining along the streets of the city’s central. You might want to consider visiting Soroca during May, June, and September, where good weather with pleasant average temperatures is most likely experienced.

Driving Directions:

  • Soroca is located about 160km north of Chisinau. You can drive here for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Take Strada Albişoara to Bulevardul Grigore Vieru/E584.
  • Follow M2 to Centura Soroca in Soroca.
  • Take Calea Bălților to your destination.

Suppose you lose your international driver’s permit in Moldova while on Moldovan roads. In that case, apply for a replacement right away. IDA offers free replacement of lost IDP for free; the only cost you will pay is the shipping fee. If you apply for a replacement of your international driver’s permit in Moldova today, your document will be shipped within 24 hours. Just ensure the exact address of your international driver’s permit in Moldova, either in a district or city in the country.

Before confirming all the needed information to replace your international driving license in Moldova, make sure to provide the correct zip code of your location in Moldova to avoid any delays. The faster the transaction, the earlier you will receive the document. Remember that you are following a schedule of your trip, and it could extend if something like this happens, or worse, you will need to skip some destinations to follow the schedule of your return to your home country.

Saharna

Saharna is famous for the Holy Trinity Monastery. The place is scenic and peaceful, making it a destination for pilgrimages by Moldovans. Here you can see a footprint on a rock, believed to be by the Virgin Mary. Enjoy the place by walking around the area and explore one of the 22 waterfalls in this small village. The most famous is the Gipsy Hole. The monastery opens daily from 6:45 AM to 8 PM and additional opening hours on Fridays from midnight to 2:45 AM.

Driving Directions:

  • Driving to Saharna will take you 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Take Strada Albişoara to Bulevardul Grigore Vieru/E584
  • Take M2 and R20 to G42 in Rezina
  • Follow G42 to your destination in Saharna.

In any case, you can use as a reference your international driving license in Moldova in pdf form, but the police will not acknowledge the digital copy of your IDP once it’s lost. You can just hope that someone found your international driving license in Moldova; it could be a Moldovan or another tourist. If not, then you have to process for a replacement. To avoid any untoward and unfortunate incidents while driving in Moldova, make sure to keep all your necessary documents safely.

Gagauzia

Turkey mostly influences the culture of the people in the Gagauzia region. The region is an autonomous non-contiguous stretch of land composed of three towns and 27 villages. People living here are mostly Christians; however, their ancestors are Muslim refugees who took flight from war and looked for a place to stay and live. They were allowed to remain in the region only if they converted.

Comrat, which is Gagauzia’s capital, houses the Comrat Regional History Museum, and through this, get a glimpse of what daily life is in the region. Explore its capital, walk around parks, statues and churches. If you plan to drive to the countryside, make friends with hospitable locals and taste local produce. You may want to visit Gagauzia from May to August, where expected rains are minimal.

Driving Directions:

  • You can drive to Gagauzia for 1 hour and 54 minutes.
  • Follow Bulevardul Decebal and Bulevardul Traian to Strada Grenoble/M3
  • Follow M3 to L'580 în Raionul Cimișlia
  • Continue straight onto L580.
  • Continue on E584 to Congaz
  • Turn left

When securing an international driving license in Moldova, a Moldovan is exempted from this policy. A Moldovan driver only needs to have a driver’s license to drive legally in the country. However, if a Moldovan plans to visit and drive to other countries, that’s the time an international driver’s license is required.

Take note that your international driver’s license in Moldova is one of the requirements to drive in the country. Failure to have this could lead to some complications while exploring the Moldovan roads. If authorities might ask for your IDP, saying that you fail to secure it will not be an excuse. This is because applying for an international driver’s license in Moldova is available online.

Reservation Codru

This reserve lies in the heart of Moldova and is considered the oldest and one of the more popular reservations in the country. This natural scientific reservation in Codru was founded in 1971 with about 1000 species of plants, 52 mammal species, eight reptile species, ten amphibious, 151 bird species, and about 8 thousand insects. There is the “Nature Museum,” where all species of animals, birds, reptiles, bugs, and butterflies that live in Moldova are represented in the reserve. You can visit the reservation from May to September, where there is less rainfall.

Driving Directions:

  • Driving here will take about 49 minutes.
  • Take Bulevardul Iuri Gagarin to Bulevardul Constantin Negruzzi.
  • Take E584/R3 to L463 in Raionul Ialoveni.
  • Turn right onto L463.
  • Turn left onto E581.

The International Driver’s Association issues international driving licences online that have a validity of one up to three years. The longer the validity, the higher its cost. You can check the pricing section for rate inclusions of the international driver’s license in Moldova on the website.

There will be instances where you will have problems with uploading your international driver’s license in Moldova requirements, but no need to worry since a customer service representative will assist you. If you need a guide in your application for an international driver’s license in Moldova, the website has a phone number, email address, and live chat support you can choose from. Whatever is convenient for you.

Pădurea Domnească Natural Reservation

This natural reserve is located in Glodeni and is the largest reserve in Moldova. Situated on the Prut River banks and bounded by Romania on the other side, Pădurea Domnească covers about 6,032 hectares of land area in Moldova. It is the home of the country's oldest oak tree, estimated to be 450 years old. A large population can also be seen here, having this reserve “the land of herons” as one of its nicknames. The reserve opens daily from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Driving Directions:

  • The natural reserve is about 2 hours and 27 minutes away from Chisinau.
  • Take Strada Albişoara to Bulevardul Grigore Vieru/E584
  • Follow M14 and E583/R16 to R57 în Raionul Fălești
  • Follow R57 and G58 to R57 in Glodeni

For first-timers, who think that securing an international driver’s license in Moldova feels like taking an exam, it is not. Your local driving license, a passport-sized photo of you, and your credit card are all you need to secure an international driver’s license in an instant. However, if you plan on driving in the country for good, you can’t use your international driver’s license in Moldova. Take a driving exam instead and secure a Moldovan driver’s license.

Milestii Mici

In 2005, Milestii Mici was registered in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest winery with two million wine bottles. It was founded in 1969 to store, mature, and preserve high-quality wines. You can tour and explore the vast underground network of wine galleries.

Milestii Mici is open daily, 9 AM to 6 PM during Mondays through Fridays; 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and 9 AM to 5 PM on Sundays. Moldova celebrates Wine Festival in the first week of October so that you might experience that as well. Just be sure not to drive after having some wine tasting in Moldova’s wineries.

Driving Directions:

  • The winery sits in the commune of Milestii Mici, which is about 23 minutes away from Chisinau.
  • Head southwest toward Muncesti Hwy.
  • Follow Bulevardul Decebal, Strada Trandafirilor and Strada Hristo Botev to Strada Tudor Strișcă.
  • Take Strada Petru Ungureanu to Strada Grenoble/M3.
  • Turn right onto Strada Grenoble/M3.
  • Continue on Strada Costiujeni to your destination în Raionul Ialoveni.

Most Important Driving Rules in Moldova

There are few things you need to consider when driving in Moldova. Some road traffic rules might be unfamiliar to you, others you already are aware of. Either way, it is better to refresh your knowledge on traffic rules before your trip to Moldova to avoid any unfortunate incidents that may come your way as you discover this small country in Europe.

Basic Traffic Rules

Always stay in your lane and remind yourself that you drive on the right side of the road. This simple rule, when violated, can cause accidents that might lead to severe injuries. Remember, you are on a foreign road to explore to be involved in accidents.

Always Carry Your IDP With You

Have the physical copy of your international driver’s license in Moldova; the one you download sent to your email address will not be honored. You can download your international driver’s license in Moldova in pdf form but only use it as a reference. An IDP might be necessary for tourists from European Union member countries, but it can come in handy when authorities ask for it.

Applying for an international driver’s license in Moldova, a test is not needed. Your driver’s license and a passport-sized photo are the only requirements to secure one. The minimum age to apply for international driving permits is 18 years old. And upon filling out the application form for an international driver’s license in Moldova, your phone number, name, address, and email address are needed. Before proceeding to the next step in processing your international driver’s license in Moldova, key in the exact zip code of your location. The IDA accepts payment through credit card and Paypal.

Don’t forget to carry required documents

One can’t enter or travel to another country with lacking documents. Make sure to prepare everything before traveling and driving in Moldova. Preparing your documents like driver’s license, passport, visa, and international driver’s license in Moldova will test your patience, especially if some of them are expired. So you need to renew them before you head out. The IDA offers a free replacement service for international driving permits in case of loss or damage.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Strictly Prohibited

One of the leading causes of deaths in road accidents in Moldova is drunk driving; thus, zero tolerance is implemented with driving under the influence of alcohol. Authorities have the right to stop you from driving if they think you are driving while drunk. You will surely be fined and might be jailed depending on the severity of the offense.

Obey the Speed Limit Rule

Overspeeding is another main reason for road accidents in Moldova, as some drivers, especially on rural roads, tend to overspeed because of lesser cars traveling. You can drive at a maximum speed of 50 KPH in rural areas, 80 KPH in urban and cities, and 110 KPH on motorways. There are speed cameras all over the country that will identify overspeeding vehicles.

Wearing Seatbelt and Securing Child’s Safety

Everyone inside the vehicle must use seat belts while driving in Moldova. Children twelve years old below are not allowed to sit in the front seat, and those under seven years old must be in a car seat. There are highway patrol police on the roadside, so you might be fined for not following this rule if you are caught.

Using Handheld Phones While Driving Is Not Allowed

If you think you need to answer an important email or an important call, park your car somewhere safe and do so. You cannot navigate through your phone and on Moldovan roads simultaneously because it is illegal and prone to accidents. You can use the hands-free system instead.

Be Vigilant in Rural Roads

Animals crossing the streets, cyclists, horse carriages are just some of the things you have to consider when driving in rural areas. This is the main reason why you need to focus solely on driving and not on other things. The road conditions can deteriorate as you go along through rural roads, potholes are frequent on some, so you need to be cautious.

Do Not Drive With an Expired License

The reason why you have to prepare for your international travel months ahead is to identify what documents that need to be renewed. So you will drive in your chosen country legally with a driver’s license. In Moldova, authorities impose hefty penalties on those driving with an expired license below the required minimum age.

Passports and driving licences are renewed in your home country. Also, for international driving permits, you can renew them anywhere. You just have to go online to apply. Your personal information is needed upon applying for your international driver’s license in Moldova, like your phone number, full name, address, email address, and zip code.

Planning for your trip to Moldova can also be a worthwhile experience if you don’t hurry your preparation. Other things you have to consider in your planning are your budget and itinerary. If these are all set, get ready with your driver’s license, passport, and an international driver’s license in Moldova, download all your favorite road trip songs, and explore the beauty of this landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Always follow the traffic rules to avoid delays and confrontation with the authorities.

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