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Car Rental in Hamburg

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Hamburg, Germany
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
VW Caddy or similar
VW Caddy
  • 2
  • 5
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$38.69 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$43.31 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$44.08 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$44.19 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$44.61 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Man.
Interrent
$46.91 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Economy
Skoda Fabia or similar
Skoda Fabia
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$47.48 / per day
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Hamburg Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$48.61 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:15 on 2020-08-11. 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
3 days
Economy car rental price
$52.25 / 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%
Rating
10.0

Why rent a car in Hamburg?

Hamburg is a great place to explore with a car. Its historic center is very impressive, but Germany’s second-largest city is large and sprawling with interesting landmarks also located in its many neighborhoods and suburbs. Once you’ve seen the city itself, Hamburg can serve as a great base from which to travel around the rest of North Germany.

One-Way Car Rentals in Hamburg

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

  • From Hamburg to Flensburg - 134 offers from 31.98 USD per day
  • From Hamburg to Berlin - 302 offers from 31.98 USD per day
  • From Hamburg to Bordeaux - 87 offers from 73.25 USD per day
  • From Hamburg to Kiel - 179 offers from 31.98 USD per day
  • From Hamburg to Bremen - 143 offers from 39.96 USD per day

Top ways to enter Hamburg

  • Hamburg Airport: Among the busiest in Germany, Hamburg Airport handles more than 17 million travelers every year. The airport has flights to and from more than 120 European destinations as well as some destinations in the Middle East and Asia. The airport is located just 8.5km (5.3 miles) north of the city center.
  • Bremen Airport: With more than 2.5 million travelers every year, Bremen Airport is served by 16 different airlines including some low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Wizz Air, making it one of the cheapest airports to fly to in North Germany. Bremen Airport is located about 120km (75 miles) southwest of Hamburg.
  • Hannover Airport: Serving the capital city of Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport has flights by more than 30 different airlines. Located 140km (87 miles) south of Hamburg, the distance between the two can be traveled in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Berlin Tegel Airport: Also known as Otto Lilienthal Airport after the German aviation pioneer, Tegel Airport is the fourth-busiest in Germany. Divided into four terminals, the airport hosts flights to and from most European countries as well as destinations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. Tegel Airport is located about 275km (170 miles) southwest of Hamburg.
  • By rail: If arriving in Hamburg by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof or Hamburg-Altona stations.

Useful city facts

  • Thanks to its proximity to the North Sea, Hamburg has a temperate maritime climate. The average temperature is 17°C  (63°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 1°C  (34°F) in January. Precipitation is rather even throughout the year, with August being the rainiest month and April the least rainy.
  • Not only the second-largest city in Germany, Hamburg is also one of the 16 federal German states, retaining something of its old status (it was once a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire). Hamburg is bordered by Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and some of its suburbs are located in those states. The city itself is divided into seven boroughs.
  • Although a large port city, Hamburg is actually not on the coast. Instead, it lies on the Elbe which connects it to the nearby North Sea. By far the busiest container port in Germany, it is also the second-busiest in Europe (behind only Antwerp in Belgium) and among the 20 busiest on the planet.

Top destinations and activities

  • St. Michael’s Church. Hauptkirche St. Michaelis is the only baroque church in Hamburg and therefore something of an outlier. It is, nonetheless, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The original church was built in the mid-17th century and later destroyed by lightning. The one that replaced it has been safely standing at its place for more than 200 years. Famous for the statue outside of it which shows Archangel Michael conquering the devil, the church also boasts an impressive tower, a city symbol so famous that many native Hamburgers have tattoos of it. 
  • Rathaus. It’s not often that the city hall is one of the most important or interesting places in town, but the one in Hamburg is surely an exception to that rule. Although not particularly old (it was built in 1897), the neo-Renaissance Rathaus is instantly recognizable as one of the most impressive buildings in Germany. Still serving its governmental purpose, the city hall’s impressive halls and tower are also open for tourists.
  • St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel. Connecting both shores of the River Elbe, the impressive tunnel is 24m (78ft) underground and 427m (1,400ft) long. Though you can walk through it, it can be even more fun to go through it in a rental car which is possible for a small fee. The tunnel is decorated with interesting maritime and seafaring motifs paying homage to the main industry of Hamburg. Although going through the tunnel can feel slightly claustrophobic, it is one of the Hamburg experiences that every visitor of the city has to try at least once.

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 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 need 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. 

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

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Lübeck. Although nowadays Lübeck is a relaxed and quiet coastal city, it was once one of the most powerful and wealthy centers of the Hanseatic League. This proud heritage still survives in the city’s architecture which is best observed in the well-preserved Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located near the Baltic Sea only 67km (41 miles) northeast of Hamburg, Lübeck can be reached in about one hour, making it a perfect day trip destination.
  • Bremen. Another German city with the status of a separate state, Bremen is an impressively historical destination. Some famous landmarks include the Statue of Roland, the 1,200-year-old Cathedral of St Peter located on the city’s main square, and Böttcherstraße, one of the most impressive Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) streets in Europe where some of the city’s finest museums and buildings are located. Bremen is about 125km (77 miles) southeast of Hamburg and can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. A protected wetland area bordering Hamburg, this national park incorporates much of the Wadden Sea, an intertidal zone of the much larger North Sea. The area is home to an impressive variety of wildlife including marine mammals like porpoises and seals and birds like Eurasian oystercatchers and barnacle geese. Located just northwest of Hamburg, the national park can be reached in less than an hour and offers many hiking and other touristic opportunities.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Hamburg is the Fiat Panda, although many travelers also go for the Skoda Fabia and the Volkswagen Up. The most popular rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Berlin. As famous for its museums as it is for its many distinct neighborhoods and bohemian atmosphere, Berlin might be less glamorous than some other European capitals, but you’d be hard pressed to find a city that’s more fun. Located just 288km (179 miles) southeast of Hamburg, it can make a perfect next stop on your German vacation.
  • Amsterdam. Equal parts historic and exciting, the capital of Netherlands really has it all from its many canals, bridges, and museums with world-famous paintings to an upbeat arts and culture scene and fun nightlife. Located just 465km (289 miles) west of Hamburg, Amsterdam can be reached in about 4 hours and 30 minutes. Keep in mind that to go from one city to the other, you’d have to cross an international border, so ask your car rental provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Denmark. Boasting the impressive titles of the oldest kingdom and also the happiest nation in the world, Denmark is a slightly underrated, but up-and-coming travel destination. Its capital city Copenhagen is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, but there’s plenty more to explore, from Legoland in Billund to small islands with unique landscapes, fishing villages, and protected areas. Copenhagen is about 335km (208 miles) northeast of Hamburg (you’d have to take a ferry from Puttgarden to Rødby), with many other Danish destinations located much closer. Keep in mind that you’d have to cross the border between Germany and Denmark, so first ask your rental car provider if they permit it.

Car Rental Prices in Hamburg

  • Station wagons - from $103 per day
  • Large cars - from $80 per day
  • Medium cars - from $72 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $141 per day
  • Premium cars - from $125 per day
  • Small cars - from $61 per day
  • SUVs - from $101 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Try these tips to get a great rental car in Hamburg:

  • 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 Hamburg is the cheapest in August when renting a car is about 52% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit Northern Germany in early summer!

Top 20 Cities near Hamburg

  1. Berlin Car Rentals from $56.01 per day
    272.0 km / 169.0 miles away
  2. Munich Car Rentals from $51.56 per day
    620.3 km / 385.4 miles away
  3. Frankfurt Car Rentals from $51.56 per day
    402.3 km / 249.9 miles away
  4. Dusseldorf Car Rentals from $37.01 per day
    339.6 km / 211.0 miles away
  5. Cologne Car Rentals from $61.76 per day
    362.9 km / 225.5 miles away
  6. Stuttgart Car Rentals from $37.34 per day
    551.9 km / 343.0 miles away
  7. Nurnberg Car Rentals from $37.72 per day
    465.8 km / 289.4 miles away
  8. Dortmund Car Rentals from $47.34 per day
    284.5 km / 176.8 miles away
  9. Bremen Car Rentals from $43.31 per day
    102.8 km / 63.9 miles away
  10. Hannover Car Rentals from $45.51 per day
    131.6 km / 81.8 miles away
  11. Mannheim Car Rentals from $42.76 per day
    473.4 km / 294.1 miles away
  12. Dresden Car Rentals from $45.05 per day
    377.9 km / 234.8 miles away
  13. Weeze Car Rentals from $41.27 per day
    343.8 km / 213.6 miles away
  14. Leipzig Car Rentals from $21.63 per day
    288.0 km / 179.0 miles away
  15. Memmingen Car Rentals from $45.51 per day
    627.8 km / 390.1 miles away
  16. Friedrichshafen Car Rentals from $45.51 per day
    663.5 km / 412.3 miles away
  17. Flensburg Car Rentals from $30.11 per day
    132.1 km / 82.1 miles away
  18. Baden-Baden Car Rentals from $47.42 per day
    555.6 km / 345.2 miles away
  19. 450.2 km / 279.7 miles away
  20. Essen Car Rentals from $27.92 per day
    313.9 km / 195.0 miles away

Top 19 Locations near Hamburg

  1. 5.1 km / 3.2 miles away
  2. Downtown Car Rentals from $38.69 per day
    5.6 km / 3.4 miles away
  3. Hamburg Airport Car Rentals from $43.31 per day
    9.0 km / 5.6 miles away
  4. Downtown Car Rentals from $58.08 per day
    84.9 km / 52.7 miles away
  5. Bremen Airport Car Rentals from $43.31 per day
    94.8 km / 58.9 miles away
  6. Hannover Airport Car Rentals from $45.51 per day
    122.9 km / 76.4 miles away
  7. Downtown Car Rentals from $30.11 per day
    139.0 km / 86.4 miles away
  8. 157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
  9. 218.5 km / 135.8 miles away
  10. 233.5 km / 145.1 miles away
  11. Downtown Car Rentals from $31.50 per day
    237.3 km / 147.5 miles away
  12. 250.3 km / 155.5 miles away
  13. 255.7 km / 158.9 miles away
  14. 256.3 km / 159.3 miles away
  15. 256.9 km / 159.7 miles away
  16. Berlin Steglitz Car Rentals from $46.88 per day
    258.5 km / 160.6 miles away
  17. 259.0 km / 160.9 miles away
  18. 262.6 km / 163.1 miles away
  19. Berlin Adlershof Car Rentals from $56.01 per day
    271.8 km / 168.9 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Hamburg 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 Hamburg
$45.53
January
$51.40
February
$75.57
March
$45.36
April
$117.75
May
$45.16
June
$94.76
July
$37.66
August
$62.21
September
$60.19
October
$150.18
November
$150.18
December
The best month to rent a car in Hamburg is August (when prices for an Economy class start from $37.66). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $150.18 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Hamburg?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in October, travelers rent a car for an average of 17 days in August, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Hamburg
13
January
6
February
6
March
7
April
8
May
7
June
8
July
5
August
7
September
17
October
6
November
5
December

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

While travelers visit Hamburg year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Hamburg by Monthly Searches
79%
January
312%
February
310%
March
1%
April
1%
May
1%
June
2%
July
1%
August
1%
September
39%
October
37%
November
417%
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
Buchbinder Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Tourneo Connect 5 2 People Carriers/Vans
Global Rent a Car Opel Crossland X 4 2 Large cars
Global Rent a Car Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

Ireland
Opel Corsa
August 9, 2019
Hamburg is an easy city to get around even though there was a lot of roadworks which caused a lot of traffic congestion which causd delays.

Top 13 Suppliers in Hamburg in 2020

Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.2
+49405002170
FLUGHAFENSTRASSE 1
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-23:30
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+4904051316170
Flughafenstr. 1-3, 22335 Hamburg
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9
+494051316170
Flughafenstrasse 1-3, 22335 Hamburg
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8
+498966060060
Flughafenstr. 1, Flughafenstraße 1/Terminal 2, 22335 Hamburg
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+494051316170
Flughafenstrasse 1-3, 22335 Hamburg
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5
+49405002170
FLUGHAFENSTRASSE 1
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-23:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+494050752314
Flughafen Hamburg Flughafenstrasse
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:00-18:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+4969710445596
Flughafen HamburgFlughafenstrasse
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:00-18:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
04051316170
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:11:00-14:00
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 7.8
+4940357044961
Flughafenstr. 1-3, Terminal 2 22335 Hamburg
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4940520187222
Flughafenstrasse 1
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4940357044961
Flughafenstraße 1-3, 22335 Hamburg
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:08:00-14:00
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+4940357044961
Terminal 2, Arrival Flughafenstr. 1-3, 22335 Hamburg, Germany
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00

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