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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Dusseldorf North
Economy Elite
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$26.91 / per day
Downtown
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$27.73 / per day
Dusseldorf Train Station
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
$31.51 / per day
Dusseldorf Flingern Downtown
Full-size Commercial Van/Truck
Fiat Ducato Cargo or similar
Fiat Ducato Cargo
  • 3
  • 13
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$31.88 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Dusseldorf Airport
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$32.64 / per day
Dusseldorf North
Intermediate
Opel Insignia or similar
Opel Insignia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$38.53 / per day
Downtown
Intermediate Elite
Mercedes Benz EQA or similar
Mercedes Benz EQA
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$44.22 / per day
Dusseldorf Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$46.63 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:44 on 2024-04-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
German, Russian, Turkish, Polish
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+49
Average car rental price
$35 per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h or 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.86 per liter or $7.05 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.82 per liter or $6.89 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.93 per liter or $7.29 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Dusseldorf?

Dusseldorf is a great place for renting a car. Upbeat and modern, but at the same time cozy and easy to navigate, its museums, parks, and beautiful buildings can be explored for days. Dusseldorf’s proximity to many other German destinations, as well as to a number of neighboring countries, means it can also serve as a great base for further explorations.

Dusseldorf

One-Way Car Rentals in Dusseldorf

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

  • From Dusseldorf to Hamburg - 207 offers from $31.17 per day
  • From Dusseldorf to Cologne - 207 offers from $31.17 per day
  • From Dusseldorf to Munich - 48 offers from $41.08 per day
  • From Dusseldorf to Nurnberg - 152 offers from $38.06 per day
  • From Dusseldorf to Hannover - 191 offers from $38.06 per day

Top ways to enter Dusseldorf

  • Dusseldorf Airport: The third-busiest in Germany, the large and modern Flughafen Düsseldorf serves more than 16 million travelers every year, providing air links to countless destinations in Europe, as well as some to other parts of the world. The airport is located just north of the city center.
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport: Served by around 25 different airlines, flying into this airport can serve as a good alternative for reaching Dusseldorf. The airport serves both Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, and Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, and is located just one hour’s drive south of Dusseldorf.
  • Weeze Niederrhein Airport: Sometimes also called Weeze-Dusseldorf, this small airport on the German-Dutch border is served mostly by the low-cost carrier Ryanair. In addition, Weeze Airport is also served by Corendon Airlines and Air Arabia Maroc (from March 2023) It hosts flights to and from Spain, Italy, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Croatia, Greece, and other destinations. Weeze airport is about 80km (50 miles) northwest of Dusseldorf, a distance that can be traveled by car in about 80 minutes.
  • Dortmund Airport: Another airport served exclusively by low-cost airlines, Dortmund Airport handles about 2.5 million passengers every year. Primarily serving the city of the same name, it is about a one-and-a-half-hour drive northeast of Dusseldorf.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Dusseldorf by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof.

City facts

  • Thanks to its relative proximity to the North Sea, Dusseldorf has an oceanic climate with moderately warm summers and cool winters. The average temperature is 23°C  (73°F) in July, the hottest month, and 5°C  (41°F) in January. The precipitation is even throughout the year except for some occasional snowfall and increased rain in December.
  • Thanks to its many green areas, pedestrian-friendly city center, high level of education and healthcare, and status as a technological and financial hub, Dusseldorf has been frequently mentioned among the most liveable cities in Europe and among the top 10 in the world.

Top destinations and activities

  • St. Lambertus Basilika. If you have ever seen a postcard from Dusseldorf, the odds are quite good that St. Lambertus was on it. The impressive church built in the Lower Rhine Gothic style has been an important religious center and one of the landmarks of the city for centuries, perhaps thanks to its most recognizable feature, its twisted tower.
  • Media Harbor. Known as Medienhafen in German, this part of Dusseldorf was once the city harbor, and you can still see this past in the many remaining quays, depots, and warehouses. Nowadays, however, it has been turned into an upbeat neighborhood full of restaurants, coffee shops, and art centers. This mixture of old and new is perhaps what characterizes Dusseldorf the best. Taking the elevator up to the rhine tower (Rheinturm) is definitely worth it. From a height of 172.5 meters, you can enjoy an impressive view. There is also a restaurant at the top of the tower.
  • Benrath Palace and Park. An impressive palace, Schloss Benrath has been standing in its place since the 18th Century. It is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in Germany. It is joined by a beautiful former orangery, as well as by a vast park that is perfect for long walks and a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • North park. Dusseldorf Nordpark is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital. A visit in spring is particularly worthwhile. Then numerous flowers bloom in the park. During a walk, you can explore the different plants and fountains. The highlight is the Japanese garden in the back of the park. Admission is free. The Aquazoo Löbbecke (which has an entrance fee), with over 5,000 marine animals, is also integrated into the park.
  • Kings avenue (Königsallee). This well-known shopping street is located between Düsseldorf city center and the old town. It offers numerous shops of mostly high-priced luxury brands. There are also some good restaurants on the Kö, as it is known for short.
  • K20 and K21. The most worthwhile museums of Dusseldorf. The K21 is a museum for modern art, which is highly recommended. It offers a climbing area at the top level, which is called the orbit. This room installation is made of walkable steel nets. If you are interested in classical modern art, such as Paul Klee, you should not miss the K20 museum.
  • Brewhouses. In order to get to know the typical German, good middle-class cuisine, you should stop off at a brewery in Dusseldorf. Beer is brewed there. Classic dishes include pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, knuckle of pork with red apple cabbage and boiled potatoes, "Sauerbraten Rheinische Art", and schnitzel with chips or fried potatoes. Füchschen, Himmel & Ähd, EigelStein and Zum Schiffchen are some great ones.

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limit is 50km/h (31mph) in populated or built-up areas. There is no national speed limit on the autobahns (highways), and many of them don’t have a set speed limit. However, contrary to what is sometimes stated, about 50% of highways have their own individual speed limits, so carefully follow the speed limit signs on each road that you drive on.
  • Where speed limits are enforced, the tolerance for speeding is low. Driving just 3km/h (2mph) above the speed limit can, and often will, lead to a fine. 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 (68mph) for the left and 90km/h (56mph) for the center lane. 
  • Because of the very high speeds 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 high.
  • 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 and drivers under the age of 21. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines and a license ban. 
  • Proof insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you are 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 Dusseldorf.

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

Ideas for day trips

  • Bruhl. A small town near Cologne, Bruhl is one of the most picturesque places in Germany. It is known for its many historic buildings, the most famous of which, the Augustusburg Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking among Bruhl’s churches, fortresses, and exquisite hunting lodges feels like a trip back in time. Located about 70km (43 miles) south of Dusseldorf, Bruhl can be reached in about one hour.
  • Cologne. There’s a century-long rivalry between Dusseldorf and Cologne. Famous for its magnificent cathedral, interesting museums, and the creative Agnesviertel, the largest city of the North-Rhine Westphalia indeed has a lot to offer. After visiting Dusseldorf and Cologne, you’ll probably conclude that both of them were worthy of your time. The distance between them can be covered in under one hour by car.
  • The Rhine Valley. The scenic middle section of the Rhine River is dotted by many small towns and villages, each with a castle straight out of a fairy tale. Here you can also visit the famous Mittelrhein vineyards and sample amazing local rieslings. Or, if you’re up for something more active, explore the areas forests, meadows, and streams. 
  • Bonn. Many people know it as the former capital of Western Germany, but the historical importance of Bonn long preceded the events of the 20th century - as shown by landmarks such as the 18th century Old Town Hall, Bonn Basilica, and Beethoven Monument. Located some 75 km (46 miles) to the south, Bonn can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Zons. You can explore this small medieval town between Dusseldorf and Cologne on your own or take a guided tour. The night watchman tours are particularly atmospheric here. Zons is located directly on the Rhine and offers several good restaurants.
  • North Duisburg Landscape Park. An approximately 180-hectare landscaped park with disused industrial plants, it belongs to the Ruhr area, which is known for its industrial culture. On the park grounds, there are, among other things, disused blast furnaces, which you can take a close look at. The landscape park is about 35 minutes by car from Dusseldorf.
  • Schloss Burg. Construction of this medieval castle in Solingen began in the year 1130. You can go up here by cable car or directly by car. The castle grounds are accessible free of charge. There is also a castle museum that has an entrance fee. The distance to Düsseldorf is just under an hour.
  • Muenster. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Its old town was rebuilt true to the original after being destroyed in World War II. St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Lamberti, Liebfrauen-Überwasser Church and Prinzipalmarkt, with the historic town hall, are particularly impressive to look at. Café 1648, with its inclusive concept and a fantastic view over Muenster, is a great place to grab some food. A trip on the solar ship across Lake Aasee and a visit to the LWL Natural History Museum are also worthwhile. The travel time between Muenster and Duesseldorf is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental cars in Dusseldorf are the Toyota Aygo, the Skoda Fabia, and the Renault Clio, while the most popular rental car types are the compact, mini, and economy classes.

Further destinations

  • Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands is considered one of the nicest cities in Europe for a reason. With a large historic city center, unique wooden architecture, world-class museums, and, of course, its famous canal system, it’s a fun place to explore. Only 230km (143 miles) northwest of Dusseldorf, it can be reached by car in two and a half hours. Keep in mind that you’d have to cross a international border, so first, ask your car rental provider if they permit it.
  • Brussels. The capital of Belgium, NATO, and the EU, Brussels is known for its grand political standing, but it is also an upbeat, thriving metropolis with plenty to offer travelers. Appreciate its distinct architectural styles, explore its unique neighborhoods, and try what is arguably the most delicious cuisine in the region. Only 205km (127 miles) from Dusseldorf, it’s also easy to reach. Keep in mind that you’d have to cross an international border, so first, ask your car rental provider if they permit it.
  • Munich. The largest city in southern Germany, Munich is as famous for its cathedrals, towers, and galleries, as it is for the scenic beauty of the nearby Bavarian Alps. Oktoberfest is, of course, the most famous of its festivals, but far from the only one. About 600km (373 miles) southeast of Dusseldorf, driving to Munich takes about six hours, but the destination is worth the trip.
  • Frankfurt. Much more than just a financial powerhouse, Frankfurt is one of the most interesting cities in Western Germany. The city is home to unique architecture, plenty of high-quality museums, and large green spaces, and it also provides access to the nearby Rhine Valley. The drive between Dusseldorf and Frankfurt takes just under three hours.

Car Rental Prices in Dusseldorf

  • Convertibles - from $82 per day
  • Station wagons - from $36 per day
  • Large cars - from $32 per day
  • Medium cars - from $30 per day
  • Vans - from $58 per day
  • Premium cars - from $72 per day
  • Small cars - from $27 per day
  • SUVs - from $42 per day

Money-saving tips

Apply these tricks to get a great car rental deal in Dusseldorf:

  • 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 Dusseldorf is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 55% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 70% cheaper than renting a car just a month earlier in August.
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Jenny and Christian are originally from Germany. They have been traveling the world together since 2017 and live in the Canary Islands for a few months a year. They are parents, German-speaking travel bloggers and nature lovers.

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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Dusseldorf?

Car rental prices in Dusseldorf vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Dusseldorf
$53.08
January
$45.17
February
$49.46
March
$54.32
April
$70.39
May
$65.36
June
$54.84
July
$55.62
August
$71.38
September
$57.37
October
$58.58
November
$52.79
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Dusseldorf is February (when prices average $45.17 per day). This is 21% cheaper than the yearly average and 37% cheaper than renting in September (when prices average $71.38).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Dusseldorf?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 6 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Dusseldorf
4
January
5
February
4
March
4
April
5
May
5
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
4
October
4
November
5
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Dusseldorf is October, and the least popular is August.
Monthly searches in Dusseldorf by pick-up date relative to the average
93%
January
94%
February
94%
March
101%
April
96%
May
93%
June
95%
July
84%
August
94%
September
124%
October
106%
November
124%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 8
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Enterprise, WheeGo, Alamo, Keddy, Dollar
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $27 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
WheeGo Skoda Fabia 3 2 Small cars
Alamo Volkswagen Golf 5 4 Medium cars
Enterprise Fiat Ducato Cargo 4 13 Large cars
Enterprise Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
WheeGo Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Enterprise Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Enterprise Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Dollar Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Dollar Opel Adam 4 1 Small cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Italy
Ford Focus
January 25, 2024
Businness trip
Finland
Volkswagen Passat
September 15, 2023
Business trip.
Germany
Skoda Octavia
June 26, 2023
Went to Grapop festival on Belgium - recommended for Rockers and Metalheads
Ireland
Volkswagen Passat
May 10, 2023
It was primarily a business trip to the Interpack Expo at the Dusseldorf Messe, but we did manage some sight seeing and enjoyed the restaurants in Essen, Cologne and Hattingen, among others. A wonderful country, friendly and helpful people, great food. I have been to Germany several times and it is probably my favourite country.
Germany
Volkswagen Polo
May 2, 2023
Trip to visit some cities around the Rhine. Very nice
Turkey
VW Golf STW
October 23, 2022
customer photo
United Kingdom
Mercedes Benz A-Klasse
September 29, 2018
It's a beautiful area and a car is necessary however difficult to find parking in the city so be prepared to pay 3 to €5 per hour minimum.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
National
8.9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Europcar
7.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
21
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$35.01
Lowest daily price
$26.91
Total cars available
2094

Top 15 Suppliers in Dusseldorf in 2024

National
National
Very good 8.9 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$46 - $263
WheeGo
WheeGo
Very good 8.8 / 42 reviews
3 locations
$31 - $302
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.7 / 121 reviews
4 locations
$32 - $304
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 116 reviews
2 locations
$41 - $234
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.5 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$48 - $326
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.4 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$32 - $357
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 49 reviews
5 locations
$41 - $232
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 44 reviews
2 locations
$29 - $44
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 71 reviews
4 locations
$32 - $69
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 8 / 37 reviews
4 locations
$28 - $59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$27 - $55
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$46 - $80
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
$48 - $139
Starcar
Starcar
Good 7.8
1 location
$51 - $84
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7 / 23 reviews
4 locations
$36 - $248
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