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Car Rental in Frankfurt

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Frankfurt Gallus Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent A Car
$50.45 per day
Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent A Car
$54.05 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent A Car
$56.44 per day
Frankfurt West Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$58.40 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Frankfurt Fechenheim Car Rental
Mini
Opel Adam or similar
Opel Adam
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$62.45 / per day
Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$63.23 / per day
Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$63.28 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Global Rent A Car
$64.43 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:09 on 2022-01-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German
Currency
EUR
Country code
49
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%
Rating
9.3

Why rent a car in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is an interesting place to explore. Often underrated as a travel destination, it offers an exciting mix of urban diversity, large green areas, and world-class museums. Getting a rental car is the best way to get around the city, as well as to travel to other destinations in Germany and neighboring countries.

Frankfurt Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Frankfurt

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

  • From Frankfurt to Munich - 221 offers from US$ 29.51 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Bologna - 48 offers from US$ 72.86 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Berlin - 381 offers from US$ 29.51 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Hamburg - 173 offers from US$ 29.51 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Warsaw - 46 offers from US$ 106.77 per day

Top ways to enter Frankfurt

  • Frankfurt Airport. The largest airport in Germany and one of the busiest in Europe, Frankfurt Airport is projected, for the first time in its history, to serve more than 70 million passengers in 2019. The airport is located southwest of the city.
  • Hahn Airport. Despite being 120 km (75 mi) west of Frankfurt, this small airport is sometimes also called Frankfurt-Hahn. Served by a number of low-cost airlines, it can sometimes be a cheaper alternative to get to or from Frankfurt.
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport. Serving not one, but two large Western German cities, Cologne-Bonn Airport sees more than 12 million travelers every year. The airport is located about two hours drive northwest of Frankfurt.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Frankfurt by train, you can also conveniently pick up your rental car at Frankfurt Central Station.

Useful city facts

  • Thanks to the influence of the nearby North Sea, Frankfurt has an oceanic climate. Summers are quite warm and can even get very hot in July and August, while winters are cold with occasional snowfall. The precipitation is relatively even throughout the year.
  • Although a large commercial and industrial center whose skyline is dotted with skyscrapers, Frankfurt is also a very green metropolis. It is home to many beautiful parks, but the most interesting natural areas to explore are Frankfurter Stadwald, the largest urban forest in Germany, as well as two botanical gardens, the Palm Garden and the Botanical Garden of the Goethe University, that are home to many unique local and foreign plants and trees.
  • Frankfurt is also a culinary destination. Some of the many local specialties include Apfelwein, or apple wine; Grüne Soße, or green sauce; and many types of German wursts, or sausages.

Top destinations and activities

  • Frankfurter Dom. The main cathedral of Frankfurt, and one of the most famous in Germany, witnessed the coronation of the Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. Although its political influence has waned, the Gothic building has lost none of its architectural charm. Observe it from below, but also climb its impressive towers - the views from the top will be worth it. 
  • Römerberg. The old center of Frankfurt is without a doubt its most picturesque area - if you’ve ever seen a postcard of the city, it probably showed Römerberg. Park your rental car nearby and go for a long walk, visit the neighborhood’s many landmarks and also pay a visit to one of the local restaurants.
  • Museum of Modern Art. Designed to resemble a large boat, this impressive museum houses many interesting contemporary artworks, both from German artists and world-famous icons like Andy Warhol. Pay a visit to its website before visiting in person as there are always new exhibits next to the permanent collections.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) 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 the autobahns do have their own individual speed limits, so 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 3 km/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 110 km/h (68 mph) for the left and 90 km/h (56 mph) for the center lane. 
  • Because of the very high speeds used by some on the German autobahns, be extra careful before switching lanes.
  • Parking spaces in downtown Frankfurt can be very limited. It is often a better idea to use a Parkhaus, a paid parking garage.
  • Many parking spaces are only available for the local inhabitants of the city. These are indicated by a sign that says "Parkausweis Nr.X" (with X being replaced by a number). If you park in these spaces, you risk receiving a fine.
  • 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. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines and a licence ban. 
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, 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 fee. 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 Frankfurt.

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

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Oberursel. This small medieval town is famous for its picturesque architecture but also offers things like a historic marketplace or the nearby Opel Zoo, where you can see exotic animals such as giraffes, rhinos and zebras. Located just a 20 minute drive north of Frankfurt, Oberursel is probably your best bet for escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city.
  • Heidelberg. Famous for its high-class universities and impressive buildings from different historical periods, Heidelberg somehow feels more cozy, grand, and authentic than most other German cities at the same time. What makes it really great is that it’s just an hour’s drive south of Frankfurt.
  • Feldberg mountain. The highest mountain in Germany outside of the Alps, the Feldberg is about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Frankfurt. The long road is well worth it not only for the impressive summit itself, but for the many winter sports opportunities it provides and the beautiful Black Forest that surrounds it.
  • Rhine Valley. Also known as the Middle Rhine, this scenic section of the famous river is characterized by hilltop castles, green woodlands, and the impressive Loreley Rock. The beautiful Rhine Gorge, a 65 km (40 miles) long section of the valley that is considered its most impressive part, begins in the town of Bingen which itself is only a tad over an hour’s drive from Frankfurt.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Frankfurt is the VW Polo, although many travelers also go for the Toyota Aygo or the Opel Corsa. The most popular rental car type is a compact, followed by economy and mini.

Further destinations

  • Brussels. The capital of Belgium and the European Union is not all just government and politics, it is also a vibrant and fascinating metropolis. From medieval and classical architecture to fascinating museums and distinct local neighborhoods, it’s a place that can be explored for days. From Frankfurt, it can be reached in less than four hours. Before driving to Brussels, make sure that your car rental provider permits it. 
  • Cologne. One of the most famous historic cities of Germany, Cologne still has something of an old time grandeur about it. Ruled by Romans, Franks, and others, its heritage can be observed in its beautiful cathedrals and other buildings. Cologne is about a two hour drive northwest of Frankfurt.
  • Luxembourg. Despite being very sparsely populated, this small country that’s squeezed between Belgium, Germany, and France has a lot of beautiful natural areas you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the region. Its local culinary specialties shouldn’t be overlooked too. From Frankfurt, you can reach it in just two hours and 30 minutes. Before you go to Luxembourg, ask your rental car provider if they permit it.
  • Berlin. It may not be the most scenic city in Europe (or, indeed, Germany), but the country’s capital is an unforgettable place to visit. Unrivaled in terms of creativity, culture, and modern arts, it also has plenty of globally-relevant historical sites to explore. One of the best things about Berlin is its many distinct neighborhoods, each of which feels like a separate city. A car trip from Frankfurt takes about six hours and will take you through Leipzig, another worthwhile city destination.
  • Hamburg. Germany’s second-largest, Hamburg is a proud port and trading city with plenty of heritage to prove that. Many people know it for the liberated atmosphere of Altona and St. Pauli districts, but while visiting them is definitely a part of the Hamburg experience, the city is also home to landmarks such as the stunning city hall, Hamburg Planetarium, and Hamburg Kunsthalle art museum. A car trip from Frankfurt will take just over five hours.

Car Rental Prices in Frankfurt

  • Station wagons - from $87 per day
  • Large cars - from $86 per day
  • Medium cars - from $75 per day
  • Vans - from $146 per day
  • Premium cars - from $110 per day
  • Small cars - from $64 per day
  • SUVs - from $88 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these tricks to get a cheap rental car in Frankfurt:

  • 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 Frankfurt is the cheapest in October, when renting a car is about 25% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 50% cheaper than renting a car in April. Come visit Germany in autumn!

Top 20 Cities near Frankfurt

  1. Berlin Car Rentals from $163.20 per day
    428.9 km / 266.5 miles away
  2. Munich Car Rentals from $55.45 per day
    307.3 km / 191.0 miles away
  3. Hamburg Car Rentals from $47.77 per day
    396.6 km / 246.4 miles away
  4. Cologne Car Rentals from $64.79 per day
    151.1 km / 93.9 miles away
  5. Dusseldorf Car Rentals from $20.71 per day
    179.9 km / 111.8 miles away
  6. Stuttgart Car Rentals from $54.05 per day
    153.7 km / 95.5 miles away
  7. Dresden Car Rentals from $40.30 per day
    381.1 km / 236.8 miles away
  8. Hannover Car Rentals from $60.33 per day
    274.0 km / 170.2 miles away
  9. Bremen Car Rentals from $52.07 per day
    332.4 km / 206.5 miles away
  10. Nurnberg Car Rentals from $44.91 per day
    201.1 km / 125.0 miles away
  11. Dortmund Car Rentals from $63.33 per day
    170.6 km / 106.0 miles away
  12. Leipzig Car Rentals from $59.96 per day
    298.9 km / 185.7 miles away
  13. Essen Car Rentals from $35.01 per day
    185.4 km / 115.2 miles away
  14. Mannheim Car Rentals from $122.26 per day
    70.0 km / 43.5 miles away
  15. Baden-Baden Car Rentals from $32.38 per day
    151.0 km / 93.8 miles away
  16. Münster Car Rentals from $50.33 per day
    214.3 km / 133.2 miles away
  17. Flensburg Car Rentals from $38.71 per day
    522.6 km / 324.7 miles away
  18. Memmingen Car Rentals from $74.35 per day
    265.3 km / 164.8 miles away
  19. Koblenz Car Rentals from $64.79 per day
    75.3 km / 46.8 miles away
  20. Weeze Car Rentals from $39.75 per day
    237.3 km / 147.5 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Frankfurt

  1. Frankfurt West Car Rentals from $50.18 per day
  2. Frankfurt Gallus Car Rentals from $50.18 per day
    5.1 km / 3.2 miles away
  3. 8.2 km / 5.1 miles away
  4. 8.4 km / 5.2 miles away
  5. Offenbach West Car Rentals from $48.30 per day
    14.6 km / 9.1 miles away
  6. 15.2 km / 9.4 miles away
  7. Mainz South Car Rentals from $72.25 per day
    26.1 km / 16.2 miles away
  8. Bremen East Car Rentals from $52.07 per day
    26.8 km / 16.7 miles away
  9. 70.0 km / 43.5 miles away
  10. 72.2 km / 44.8 miles away
  11. 73.5 km / 45.7 miles away
  12. 90.4 km / 56.2 miles away
  13. 93.2 km / 57.9 miles away
  14. 100.4 km / 62.4 miles away
  15. 113.8 km / 70.7 miles away
  16. 122.8 km / 76.3 miles away
  17. Bonn Beuel-Mitte Car Rentals from $20.71 per day
    123.1 km / 76.5 miles away
  18. Karlsruhe South Car Rentals from $66.93 per day
    124.4 km / 77.3 miles away
  19. 130.7 km / 81.2 miles away
  20. 137.1 km / 85.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt
$54.32
January
$56.05
February
$74.06
March
$59.73
April
$50.83
May
$66.36
June
$47.81
July
$65.18
August
$62.09
September
$45.63
October
$61.17
November
$74.69
December
The best month to rent a car in Frankfurt is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $45.63). This is 24% cheaper than the yearly average and 39% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $74.69 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Frankfurt?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in June, travelers rent a car for an average of 23 days in December, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Frankfurt
8
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
16
May
23
June
8
July
9
August
7
September
6
October
5
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Frankfurt is January, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Frankfurt by Monthly Searches
282%
January
202%
February
236%
March
10%
April
12%
May
12%
June
13%
July
11%
August
59%
September
62%
October
162%
November
137%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Global Rent A Car Hyundai i20 5 2 Small cars
Global Rent A Car Opel Crossland 5 2 Medium cars
Global Rent A Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Global Rent A Car Opel Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo VW Golf 5 4 Medium cars
Alamo Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Enterprise VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
Europcar Audi A3 5 2 Medium 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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
Hyundai i20
September 27, 2021
Rothenburg ob der tauber fabulous old town well worth a visit Bavaria is fab
Greece
Opel Corsa
July 29, 2020
It was exilend
United States of America (USA)
MINI 3-Türer
July 16, 2020
Very quick and efficient service with professional and accommodating staff.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
March 4, 2020
Everything was nice relaxing and beautiful as well no rush , less traffic and quite roads over the weekend.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
January 16, 2020
Do not miss the Rentacar sing when you turning in your car at night time.
Greece
Ford Focus 5d
December 23, 2019
Ι didn't like that dropping off the car at Marrakesh airport at 5:00 in the morning, no representative was present to pick up the car.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
August 28, 2019
Frankfurt is a lovely city. Used car to travel around Germany visiting Baden Baden, Munich and Wurzburg... Fabulous country to visit and tour round
United Kingdom
Ford Focus STW
July 11, 2019
A really good set up with all the car rental pick up spots in one undercover place. Had a bit of difficulty finding a fuel station to refill at the end of the rental, because the nearest fuel station was out of action due to road alterations, and a second one which showed up on the nav wasn't actually there! I wasn't the only driver having the same problem because there was a line of other rental car drivers frantically resetting their navs.
Turkey
VW Polo
February 12, 2019
It took 10 minutes to get the car.
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
October 22, 2018
From Frankfurt we drove to Heidelberg which is a beautiful city with lots of history and nature.

Top 12 Suppliers in Frankfurt in 2022

Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.2
+4969697970
AIRPORT CITY MALL, BEREICH A
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+4906969715290
Terminal 1+2, Mietwagenzentrum, 60549 Frankfurt am Main
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9
+4906969715290
Mietwagenzentrum, 60549 Frankfurt am Main
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8
+498966060060
Zeil 5 (Eingang Lange Str.)
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+496943053080
Hanauer Landstrasse 344/346, 60314 Frankfurt am Main
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+49069449090
CARL-BENZ STRASSE 5
Working hours
Mon:08:00-14:00
Tue:08:00-14:00
Wed:08:00-14:00
Thu:08:00-14:00
Fri:08:00-14:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5
+4969697970
AIRPORT CITY MALL, BEREICH A
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+496543508075
Flughafen Frankfurt Terminal 1+2, Hugo-Eckener-Ring, 60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Working hours
Mon:06:00-20:00
Tue:06:00-20:00
Wed:06:00-20:00
Thu:06:00-20:00
Fri:06:00-20:00
Sat:06:00-20:00
Sun:06:00-20:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+4969710445596
Flughafen Frankfurt, Term. 1+2Hugo Eckner Ring
Working hours
Mon:06:00-20:00
Tue:06:00-20:00
Wed:06:00-20:00
Thu:06:00-20:00
Fri:06:00-20:00
Sat:06:00-20:00
Sun:06:00-20:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
06969715290
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 7.8
+496943052310
Ferdinand-Happ-Str. 3-5
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:08:00-12:00
Sun:09:00-12:00
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+496965007120
Terminal 2, Car Rental Area ,Gate 3, Level 2 (Arrival) 60549 Frankfurt
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:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
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