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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$28.81 per day
Frankfurt Sachsenhausen Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$38.94 per day
Frankfurt Central Station Car Rental
Citroen DS7 or similar
Citroen DS7
  • 4
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$53.39 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$56.92 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Frankfurt Zeil Car Rental
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$59.88 / per day
Frankfurt Central Station Car Rental
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$62.65 / per day
Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$63.72 / per day
Frankfurt Airport Car Rental
Intermediate Elite
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe or similar
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$89.59 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:46 on 2023-06-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
Average car rental price
$56.74 / per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
Average gasoline price
$2.12 per liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.35 per liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.82 per liter

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 $27.93 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Bologna - 48 offers from $68.96 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Berlin - 381 offers from $27.93 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Hamburg - 173 offers from $27.93 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Warsaw - 46 offers from $101.06 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.

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 and remains one of the best things to do in Frankfurt. 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

  • 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 day trips

  • 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.
  • Strasbourg. Cross the border into France to visit this beautiful Alsatian city. The Old Town center boasts a gorgeous Gothic-style cathedral and astronomical clock. A blend of French and German style cuisine, make sure to try a few of the popular Alsatian dishes, like tartiflette, sausages with sauerkraut/choucroute, and flammekeuche. If you’re there November-January, make sure to check out the Strasbourg Christmas market, deemed one of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe.
  • 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 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. Don’t miss visiting the Farina House Fragrance Museum, a famous perfume-making family that coined the name “Eau de Cologne.”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 three hours. 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, world-class museums 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 city, 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

  • Convertibles - from $46 per day
  • Station wagons - from $59 per day
  • Large cars - from $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • Vans - from $38 per day
  • Premium cars - from $43 per day
  • Small cars - from $29 per day
  • SUVs - from $32 per day

Money-saving tips

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!
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Megan Starr & Aram Vardanyan
Megan & Aram is a travel blog run by two friends that have been helping people travel the world since 2010. They have visited well over 100 countries together and share a special passion for lesser-known destinations, as well as the Nordics. Megan is currently based in Germany and Aram is based in Armenia. They run 4 destination-specific websites in addition to Megan & Aram.

What travel writers say

Frankfurt is possibly one of the most international cities in Germany and the largest financial centre in mainland Europe, that’s for sure. For centuries, the kings and queens of Germany were elected here and thus making it one of the most important historical cities in Germany. Now, if you’re a bit of a bookworm (like moi) you really should try to get to one of the biggest Book Fair which first began all the way back in the 15th Century. Though, if books aren’t your thing, you might wanna give this a miss! Once you’re here, make sure to check out St Bartholomew’s Cathedral (which is the burial site of Bartholomew the Apostle), explore the art within the Staedel Museum and wander around Kleinmarkthalle (one of the best flea markets in the city).
Yaya Onalaja-Aliu & Lloyd Griffiths
Hand Luggage Only was born back in April 2014 on a surprisingly warm afternoon in Yaya’s college room at University of Cambridge. In what seemed like an oasis of calm between assignments, Yaya and Lloyd (that’s us!) were talking about sharing our travel stories and photos with others like-minded travellers on the internet.
Get lost on the streets of this unique neighborhood and enjoy the romantic atmosphere in its town squares! Zentrum-Altstadt, which in English translates as the “Center Old City,” is the best area to stay in Frankfurt if you’ve never been here before. It’s quite small, which means that everything is within walking distance. There are a few nice art galleries, restaurants, and the Historic Museum Frankfurt will give you a chance to learn all about this historic business town. Although the hotels in Frankfurt in this area are a bit more expensive, it’s worth staying in the heart of this trendy city near all the historic attractions! Do make sure to book in advance though as this is the most popular area in the city and hotels book quickly!
Hi there! I am Yulia, a world-traveler, adventurer and an entrepreneur.
Frankfurt is a unique city that’s scenically different than most places in Germany. That’s because this financial hub is one of the only places with a modern, metropolitan skyline. From towering skyscrapers to urban high rises, Frankfurt’s central location makes it one of the first stops on most travelers’ trips.
Jeremy Scott Foster
My name is Jeremy Scott Foster, and I started this website as a way to connect and reach other people who also don’t resonate with the status quo. I don’t believe that there’s just one way to live your life.

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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt
The cheapest month to rent a car in Frankfurt is January (when prices average $46.01 per day). This is 23% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $88.75).

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 Frankfurt?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in February, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average rental length in Frankfurt

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Frankfurt is May, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Frankfurt by pick-up date relative to the average

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 9
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Ok Mobility, Enterprise, Alamo, Europcar, SIXT
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $29 per day
Cheapest supplier Ok Mobility

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Ok Mobility Audi Q2 5 2 SUVs
Ok Mobility Audi Q2 5 2 SUVs
Ok Mobility Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Ok Mobility Seat Leon 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 3008 4 2 SUVs
Ok Mobility Citroen C3 Aircross 5 1 SUVs
Ok Mobility Opel Crossland X 5 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.

VW Polo
January 5, 2023
Visiting Family
United States of America (USA)
Audi Q2
December 25, 2022
THe manager had a very friendly driver drive a new car to where our car was stuff. it was great! see picture
United States of America (USA)
Opel Crossland X
October 28, 2022
Spending time with my family and celebrating my birthday with family and friends
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
October 21, 2022
very easy to book and the price is really good. Thank you very much.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
October 13, 2022
All was easy - and for a fair price
United States of America (USA)
Seat Leon Aut.
October 2, 2022
We visited the Moselle and Rhine River Valleys for wine tours.
Mercedes-Benz Vito Aut.
September 25, 2022
We hiked various trails in 🇩🇪 and Switzerland. We purchased jungfrau pass before leaving Canada and concentrated vacation in that region.
Hyundai i20
September 27, 2021
Rothenburg ob der tauber fabulous old town well worth a visit Bavaria is fab
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.
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.
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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
9.1 / 10
Lowest rated company
7.5 / 10
Total number of reviews
Total rental companies
Average daily price
Lowest daily price
Total cars available

Top 16 Suppliers in Frankfurt in 2023

Exceptional 9.1 / 50 reviews
4 locations
$43 - $131
Exceptional 9.1 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$58 - $151
Excellent 8.9 / 72 reviews
3 locations
$50 - $197
Excellent 8.8 / 91 reviews
2 locations
$49 - $130
Excellent 8.8 / 25 reviews
1 location
$51 - $72
Excellent 8.8
2 locations
$68 - $977
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Excellent 8.7 / 279 reviews
1 location
$29 - $91
Excellent 8.6 / 28 reviews
2 locations
$62 - $112
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
3 locations
$54 - $100
Excellent 8.6 / 5 reviews
3 locations
$41 - $109
Excellent 8.6 / 7 reviews
5 locations
$39 - $128
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Excellent 8.6 / 39 reviews
2 locations
Excellent 8.4 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$56 - $92
Excellent 8.4 / 3 reviews
3 locations
$54 - $54
Excellent 8.3 / 50 reviews
3 locations
Very good 7.5 / 9 reviews
3 locations
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