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Car Rental in Cologne

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$30.04 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$30.65 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$31.63 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$32.27 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$32.52 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$33.30 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$33.76 / per day
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Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Man.
Interrent
$34.53 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:11 on 2020-09-29. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German
Currency
EUR
Country code
49
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$42.89 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Cologne?

Germany’s fourth-largest city is a proper tourism destination. Inhabited since the Roman times and with a wealth of beautiful historical buildings, Cologne also has impressive modern architecture and unique creative neighborhoods. The city’s location in the heart of western Germany means that from here, you can easily explore the rest of the region or even pop over the border to the Netherlands or Belgium.

Cologne Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Cologne

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Cologne and drop off in another city include:

  • From Cologne to Frankfurt - 173 offers from US$ 33.92 per day
  • From Cologne to Zurich - 48 offers from US$ 73.17 per day
  • From Cologne to Amsterdam - 48 offers from US$ 66.13 per day
  • From Cologne to Dusseldorf - 207 offers from US$ 33.92 per day
  • From Cologne to Geneva - 48 offers from US$ 73.17 per day

Top ways to enter Cologne

  • Cologne-Bonn Airport: Located between Cologne and West Germany’s former capital Bonn, it is the seventh-busiest airport in Germany. In 2018, it served more than 12 million travelers and is also a large hub for cargo aviation. The airport is served by around 20 different airlines, with Eurowings, Ryanair, and TUiFly Deutschland providing most of the flights. Located 15km (9 miles) southeast of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Dusseldorf Airport: With more than 24 million travelers handled in 2018, Flughafen Dusseldorf is the third-busiest airport in Germany behind Frankfurt and Munich, but ahead of Berlin and Hamburg. Primarily serving the city of the same name, Dusseldorf Airport is just 59km (36 miles) north of Cologne and can be reached in 45 minutes.
  • Dortmund Airport: Another international airport in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund is popular with low-cost carriers. It hosts many flights to both Western and Eastern Europe, providing connections to the United Kingdom, Spain, Serbia, Poland, Bulgaria, and many other countries. Located 99km (60 miles) northeast of Cologne, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Frankfurt Airport: The busiest in Germany and one of the largest in Europe, Frankfurt Airport served 69 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for Lufthansa but is also served by more than 50 other airlines that provide connections to every continent in the world. About 175km (109 miles) northwest of Cologne, Frankfurt Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • By train: If you arrive in Cologne by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Cologne Central Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof).

Useful city facts

  • Cologne has a temperate-oceanic climate with hot summers and cool winters. The average high temperature is 24°C  (76°F) in July, the warmest month, and 5°C  (42°F) in January. Cologne is one of the warmest cities in Germany. The precipitation is rather even throughout the year. Historically, Cologne has been vulnerable to flooding of the river Rhine, but this problem has been largely solved thanks to a number of innovative flood-control mechanisms including mobile river walls.
  • Cologne is home to many high quality museums. Some of the most interesting ones include the Roman-Germanic Museum focusing on the city’s ancient history, the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art, Kolumba Museum of Christian Art, and Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum that has exhibits on both the ethnography of the Rhine-Ruhr area and tribal art from around the world. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Kölner Dom. One of the most famous religious buildings in Germany, Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The first stone of the building was laid in 1248, but it took more than six centuries to finish this immense building. Tourists are allowed to climb to the top of one of the cathedral’s towers, and while it can be quite an effort (usually it takes about one hour to get to the top), the view of the River Rhine and the rest of the city from is worth it.
  • Rheinauhafen. The former port area of Cologne is nowadays a unique blend of historic harbour buildings and futuristic modern architecture. With many restaurants serving German, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine, it has also become Cologne’s gastronomic hub. Come here for a delicious meal or simply a long and enjoyable walk along the river.
  • Agnesviertel. Agnesviertel is Cologne’s hippest neighborhood. Although uncompromisingly unique, its atmosphere has similarities to Hamburg’s St. Pauli and Berlin’s most creative districts. With plenty of art galleries, cafeterias, outdoor markets, and performance venues, it’s impossible to ever get bored here. 

Traffic and parking tips

Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits it 50km/h (31 mph) in populated or built-up areas. There is no national speed limit on autobahns (highways) and many of them don’t have a set speed limit. However, contrary to what is sometimes stated, about 50% of the autobahns do have their own individual speed limits, so do carefully follow the speed limit signs on each road that you’re driving on.

Where the speed limits are enforced, the tolerance for speeding is low. Driving just 3km/h (2 mph) above the speed limit can, and often will, lead to fines. Many roads that do have speed limits have radars in place.

Some autobahns have a minimum speed limit that applies to specific lanes, for example, a minimum speed of 110km/h (68 mph) for the left lane and 90km/h (56 mph) for the center lane. 

Because of the very high speed used by some on the German autobahns, be extra careful before switching lanes.

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. This is strictly enforced and the fines are substantial.

Children under the age of 12 have to use a child safety seat.

The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines and a licence ban. 

Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.

When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.

The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

Although Germany has a large number of high-speed motorways, only vehicles that weigh more than 7,5 tons need to pay a toll. This excludes practically all types of rental cars.

There are two tolled tunnels in Germany, the Herren Tunnel in Schleswig-Holstein and the Warnow Tunnel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Neither of them is near Cologne.

Find out more about the toll roads in Germany on the European toll road website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Rhineland Nature Park. Made up of pine, beech, and oak trees, countless pretty lakes, and old hunting lodges, Rhineland Nature Park is the nicest green area in the vicinity of Cologne. Located just 38km (23.6 miles) southwest of the city, it can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes. After relaxing in the park, you can also visit the small town of Brühl, famous for the impressive Augustusburg Palace and the museum dedicated to the surrealist artist Max Ernst.
  • Ruhr. The former coal and steel heartland of Germany isn’t usually thought of as a tourist area, but its Industrial Heritage Trail actually has plenty to offer. Tourists can visit the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (a UNESCO World Heritage site in Essen), see a former miners’ town in Dahlhauser Heide, or visit the German Mining and Railway Museum in Bochum. Essen is just 71km (44 miles) north of Cologne and can be reached in about one hour; and with a rental car, you can easily travel along the trail from there.
  • Bonn. Although best known internationally as the former capital of West Germany, Bonn is actually a cozy and fun place to visit. For its relatively small size, it has plenty of tourist attractions, such as the Beethoven Museum (the famous composer was born in the city), the Kreuzbergkirche Baroque church, and Poppelsdorfer Palace and Botanical Gardens. Just 30km (19 miles) southeast of Cologne, it can be reached in just 30 minutes and is definitely worth a visit.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car types in Cologne are mini, compact, and economy. The most popular rental car is the Volkswagen Up, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Fiat 500.

Further destinations

  • Eifel National Park. Located on the border with Belgium, Eifel National Park is the largest protected area in North Rhine-Westphalia. The park is made up of vast meadows and forests that can be explored by hiking on its many paths as well as many lakes and springs. Eifel is home to many wildlife species, including wildcat, black stork, and European wall lizard. Located just about 60km (37 miles) southwest of Cologne, it can be reached in one hour. On the edge of the park is the city of Aachen, one of the most picturesque cities of Northwest Germany.
  • Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most visited cities and for good reason. The city’s beautiful canals and parks, world-class museums, distinct wooden architecture, and active nightlife attract millions of visitors every year. For a city of its size, it also has a surprisingly relaxed and enjoyable pace of life. Located just 260km (161 miles) northwest of Cologne, Amsterdam can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. To go from Germany to the Netherlands, you’ll have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Belgium. Germany’s western neighbor is best known for its capital city, Brussels, but it has so much more to offer. Its northern cities Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent have  beautiful medieval architecture; Ardennes in the south is a region of woodlands, rolling hills, and little villages; and Belgium’s North Sea coast is a great place to visit in summertime. It’s easy to reach, too - Antwerp is just 210km (130 miles) west of Cologne and can be reached in about two hours. Like with Amsterdam, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit crossing the border.

Car Rental Prices in Cologne

  • Station wagons - from $58 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $47 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $70 per day
  • Premium cars - from $87 per day
  • Small cars - from $37 per day
  • SUVs - from $62 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

It’s easy to land a great rental car in Cologne if you follow these tips:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Cologne is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 30% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting a car in August. Come visit Germany in early autumn!

Top 20 Cities near Cologne

  1. Berlin Car Rentals from $33.77 per day
    479.9 km / 298.2 miles away
  2. Munich Car Rentals from $39.34 per day
    455.2 km / 282.9 miles away
  3. Frankfurt Car Rentals from $39.99 per day
    152.2 km / 94.6 miles away
  4. Dusseldorf Car Rentals from $35.67 per day
    32.9 km / 20.4 miles away
  5. Hamburg Car Rentals from $46.43 per day
    356.7 km / 221.6 miles away
  6. Stuttgart Car Rentals from $40.40 per day
    288.2 km / 179.1 miles away
  7. Nurnberg Car Rentals from $29.35 per day
    337.4 km / 209.7 miles away
  8. Dortmund Car Rentals from $33.97 per day
    78.5 km / 48.8 miles away
  9. Hannover Car Rentals from $31.51 per day
    252.5 km / 156.9 miles away
  10. Bremen Car Rentals from $32.75 per day
    265.3 km / 164.9 miles away
  11. Mannheim Car Rentals from $43.82 per day
    197.5 km / 122.7 miles away
  12. Leipzig Car Rentals from $31.68 per day
    372.1 km / 231.2 miles away
  13. Weeze Car Rentals from $41.30 per day
    92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
  14. Dresden Car Rentals from $25.53 per day
    474.4 km / 294.8 miles away
  15. Memmingen Car Rentals from $43.36 per day
    404.8 km / 251.6 miles away
  16. Baden-Baden Car Rentals from $41.54 per day
    254.0 km / 157.8 miles away
  17. Essen Car Rentals from $24.89 per day
    57.7 km / 35.8 miles away
  18. 112.7 km / 70.0 miles away
  19. Flensburg Car Rentals from $27.33 per day
    456.7 km / 283.8 miles away
  20. Friedrichshafen Car Rentals from $43.36 per day
    408.1 km / 253.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Cologne

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $30.78 per day
    2.0 km / 1.2 miles away
  2. 15.5 km / 9.6 miles away
  3. Downtown Car Rentals from $24.89 per day
    32.4 km / 20.2 miles away
  4. 32.9 km / 20.4 miles away
  5. 40.8 km / 25.3 miles away
  6. Downtown Car Rentals from $24.89 per day
    57.7 km / 35.8 miles away
  7. Downtown Car Rentals from $26.13 per day
    66.7 km / 41.4 miles away
  8. Downtown Car Rentals from $29.08 per day
    76.5 km / 47.5 miles away
  9. Dortmund Airport Car Rentals from $33.97 per day
    78.5 km / 48.8 miles away
  10. 92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
  11. 112.7 km / 70.0 miles away
  12. Downtown Car Rentals from $29.35 per day
    120.2 km / 74.7 miles away
  13. 137.3 km / 85.3 miles away
  14. 141.7 km / 88.0 miles away
  15. 151.5 km / 94.2 miles away
  16. 152.2 km / 94.6 miles away
  17. Downtown Car Rentals from $34.40 per day
    154.2 km / 95.8 miles away
  18. Downtown Car Rentals from $25.23 per day
    172.4 km / 107.1 miles away
  19. Downtown Car Rentals from $25.23 per day
    190.4 km / 118.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Cologne?

Car rental prices in Cologne vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Cologne
$60.47
January
$53.72
February
$65.66
March
$50.65
April
$64.72
May
$56.65
June
$47.92
July
$76.64
August
$39.57
September
$37.50
October
$38.44
November
$44.68
December
The best month to rent a car in Cologne is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $37.50). This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $76.64 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Cologne?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in April, travelers rent a car for an average of 12 days in March, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Cologne
5
January
6
February
4
March
12
April
5
May
6
June
8
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Cologne?

While travelers visit Cologne year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Cologne by Monthly Searches
80%
January
288%
February
321%
March
2%
April
3%
May
2%
June
3%
July
3%
August
66%
September
38%
October
35%
November
357%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Global Rent a Car Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars
Enterprise Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Tourneo Connect 5 2 People Carriers/Vans
Global Rent a Car Ford Mondeo 4 2 Large cars
Global Rent a Car Opel Crossland X 4 2 Large cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
SIXT MINI 3-Türer 3 2 Medium cars
Buchbinder BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 4 3 Large cars

Top 13 Suppliers in Cologne in 2020

Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.2
+492211392748
TRANKGASSE 11
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-14:30
Sun:09:00-14:30
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+4902203369800
Kennedystrasse Mietwagenzentr, Terminal 1, 51147 Köln
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9
+4902203369800
Koeln Airport, Kennedystraße, 51147 Köln
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8
+498966060060
Trankgasse 11 im Hbf
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+4902203369800
Koeln Airport, Kennedystraße, 51147 Köln
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5
+492211392748
TRANKGASSE 11
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:00
Tue:08:30-18:00
Wed:08:30-18:00
Thu:08:30-18:00
Fri:08:30-18:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-13:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+492203402343
Flughafen Koeln Bonn, 51147 Koln, Germany
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-14:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+4969710445596
Flughafen Koln-Bonn
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-14:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
02203369800
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 7.8
+492203104270
Terminal 1 Mietwagenzentrum 51147 Köln
Working hours
Mon:06:45-23:00
Tue:06:45-23:00
Wed:06:45-23:00
Thu:06:45-23:00
Fri:06:45-23:00
Sat:06:45-22:30
Sun:07:30-22:30
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4940520187222
Koeln Bonn Airport
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+492203104270
Köln Bonn Flughafen CGN, Terminal 1 Mietwagenzentrum, Germany
Working hours
Mon:06:45-23:00
Tue:06:45-23:00
Wed:06:45-23:00
Thu:06:45-23:00
Fri:06:45-23:00
Sat:06:45-22:30
Sun:07:30-22:30
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+492203104270
Terminal 1 Mietwagenzentrum, 51147 Koln, Germany
Working hours
Mon:06:45-23:00
Tue:06:45-23:00
Wed:06:45-23:00
Thu:06:45-23:00
Fri:06:45-23:00
Sat:06:45-22:30
Sun:07:30-22:30
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