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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Frankfurt West
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
$23.02 per day
Frankfurt Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$30.93 per day
Frankfurt Central Station
Economy Elite
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$36.39 per day
Frankfurt Central Station
Full-size
Polestar 2 or similar
Polestar 2
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$39.16 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Frankfurt am Main
Intermediate Commercial Van/Truck
Volkswagen Caddy or similar
Volkswagen Caddy
  • 2
  • 5
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$40.25 per day
Frankfurt Fechenheim
Compact
Skoda Kamiq or similar
Skoda Kamiq
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$44.04 per day
Frankfurt Bornheim
Compact Elite
BMW 1 Series or similar
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Starcar
$48.90 per day
Frankfurt Central Station
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$50.85 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:34 on 2024-07-13. 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
$39 per day
Average car rental length
7 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
9.3 / 10
Average gas price
$1.92 per liter or $7.25 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.85 per liter or $7.01 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.07 per liter or $7.83 per gallon

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

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 $28.43 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Bologna - 48 offers from $70.18 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Berlin - 381 offers from $28.43 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Hamburg - 173 offers from $28.43 per day
  • From Frankfurt to Warsaw - 46 offers from $102.84 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 sights 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.
  • German Architecture Museum. Frankfurt is known as home to one of the most impressive and modern skylines in Europe (and certainly in Germany), but, as mentioned above, the city also boasts plenty of classical architecture. Fittingly located in a stunning 18th-century building, this museum pays reverence to the German architectural heritage, showcasing thousands of drawings, models, and other artifacts related to the industry.
  • Botanical Garden Frankfurt. One of the nicest green areas in one of the most industrial and densely populated German metropolises, the Botanical Garden of Frankfurt is truly an oasis. Recreating ecosystems from around the world, the garden, which is only 7 ha (17.3 acre), has its own arboretum, alpine garden, marsh, and steppe. Taken care of by Goethe University, the garden is located a bit north of the city center.

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.
  • Mannheim. Often overlooked for its smaller and more picturesque neighbor, Heidelberg, Mannheim can also be an interesting place to visit (both can certainly be seen on the same trip). Known for its unusually orderly street grid (it is, uniquely for Germany, a planned city), Mannheim boasts famous landmarks such as the National Theater and the Water Tower, notable cultural institutions, and a lively, multicultural atmosphere. The city is located just an hour’s drive from Frankfurt.
  • 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 $66 per day
  • Station wagons - from $32 per day
  • Large cars - from $25 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $123 per day
  • Premium cars - from $78 per day
  • Small cars - from $23 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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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
$43.56
January
$37.24
February
$43.19
March
$38.82
April
$41.72
May
$49.63
June
$58.13
July
$50.05
August
$50.05
September
$38.41
October
$38.11
November
$51.18
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Frankfurt is February (when prices average $37.24 per day). This is 17% cheaper than the yearly average and 36% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $58.13).

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 August, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Frankfurt
6
January
6
February
6
March
7
April
7
May
8
June
8
July
9
August
8
September
7
October
6
November
7
December

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 August, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Frankfurt by pick-up date relative to the average
87%
January
70%
February
59%
March
88%
April
104%
May
112%
June
126%
July
128%
August
113%
September
111%
October
90%
November
112%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 12
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Ok Mobility, WheeGo, Enterprise, Alamo, Europcar
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price $23 per day
Cheapest supplier WheeGo

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
WheeGo Skoda Fabia 3 2 Small cars
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
WheeGo Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
WheeGo Skoda Kamiq 5 2 SUVs
Ok Mobility Audi Q2 5 2 SUVs
WheeGo Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Ok Mobility Citroen C3 Aircross 5 1 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the 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.

United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
June 29, 2024
Euro 2024
Romania
Skoda Fabia
June 26, 2024
Trip was meant to visit some friends and attend the games in European Championship. During the weekend we went to Belgium to visit Brussels Brugge and the seaside area.
Canada
Skoda Fabia
May 29, 2024
Germany and Czech Republic have great sceneries and Wonderful people. Hiking was great in the Bohemian Swiss National Park.
Japan
BMW Z4 Roadster
May 4, 2024
customer photo customer photo
Turkey
Audi Q2
April 15, 2024
customer photo
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Golf
February 4, 2024
We went to the Swiss alps, Lauterbrunnen, and Rigi panorama hike were the two highlights.
Ireland
Skoda Kamiq
January 25, 2024
Just brilliant Love Germany
United States of America (USA)
Audi Q2
November 20, 2023
the defectGPS lead me right away into a huge traffic jam in the Kassel area by showing sudden reverse directions (driving backwards on the display) and proving totally unreliable so I finally switched it off and tried to navigate by signs - quiet different when you come from the States!
France
Skoda Scala
October 31, 2023
Top
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Karoq
October 17, 2023
Lansberg Consecration Camp, Herrlesheim battle field, Cologne
Canada
Skoda Fabia
October 14, 2023
Family re-union. Big birthday celebration. Visit to Baden-Baden. Lowenbrau restaurant a must as well as the Caracalla Therme. Extreme warm weather for Fall - no complaints! Amazing architecture all around. Visit to neighbouring Strasbourg in France. Eating traditional tarte flambee. Driving through the Black Forest and looking at quaint villages. To be repeated.
Finland
Volkswagen Polo
September 22, 2023
BUGA 23 Mannheim, Schloss Heidelberg, Old town Weinheim.
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 108
August 24, 2023
Most spent with family living in the area north of Freiburg. Kandel was nice, as was the Vogtsbauern Museum.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C3 Aircross
August 20, 2023
We had a fabulous trip!
Egypt
Skoda Karoq
July 11, 2023
Please send 40€ 1 kilo oil
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
May 9, 2023
These things were done with my family and I have been in Germany many times before
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
March 14, 2023
customer photo
Canada
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.
Canada
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.
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.
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.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
National
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
WheeGo
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
51
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$39.20
Lowest daily price
$23.02
Total cars available
2267

Top 16 suppliers in Frankfurt in 2024

National
National
Very good 8.8 / 21 reviews
2 locations
$52 - $477
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.4 / 108 reviews
5 locations
$40 - $236
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.3 / 146 reviews
2 locations
$42 - $445
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.3 / 36 reviews
4 locations
$37 - $96
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 91 reviews
5 locations
$53 - $226
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.1 / 14 reviews
6 locations
$43 - $371
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8 / 15 reviews
3 locations
$45 - $122
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8 / 9 reviews
3 locations
$38 - $122
Starcar
Starcar
Good 7.9 / 1 review
2 locations
$33 - $281
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 66 reviews
5 locations
$47 - $123
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
3 locations
$36 - $72
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8 / 1 review
2 locations
$68 - $115
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 16 reviews
5 locations
$43 - $339
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.5 / 586 reviews
1 location
$31 - $90
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Good 7.5 / 61 reviews
6 locations
$38 - $81
WheeGo
WheeGo
Good 7.4 / 265 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $960
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