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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Oversized Commercial Van/Truck
Opel Combo or similar
Opel Combo
  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
$23.42 / per day
Hamburg Airport
Economy Elite
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$26.96 / per day
Hamburg Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$28.56 / per day
Hamburg Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$30.71 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Hamburg Airport
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$32.83 / per day
Hamburg Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$51.79 / per day
Hamburg Harburg Downtown
Full-size
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$63.27 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:17 on 2024-06-17. 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
$37 per day
Average car rental length
5 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
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.90 per liter or $7.19 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.82 per liter or $6.91 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.15 per liter or $8.13 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Hamburg?

Hamburg is a great city to visit. Notable for its impressively historic city center, Germany’s second-largest city is also notable for its large port and many distinct neighborhoods. A true modern metropolis that could be enjoyed for weeks, Hamburg can also serve as a hub for exploring the rest of Northwestern Germany.

Hamburg

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 $29.25 per day
  • From Hamburg to Berlin - 302 offers from $29.25 per day
  • From Hamburg to Bordeaux - 87 offers from $66.99 per day
  • From Hamburg to Kiel - 179 offers from $29.25 per day
  • From Hamburg to Stockholm - 48 offers from $132.99 per day

Top ways to enter Hamburg

  • Hamburg Airport: Among the busiest in Germany, Hamburg Airport handles more than 11.1 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.

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, though December, with 12 days of rain, is the rainiest month, and February is 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

  • Speicherstadt. Hamburg's Speicherstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its red brick warehouses and intricate canal system. This historic district stands as a testament to the city's maritime and commercial heritage and offers visitors a glimpse into its rich industrial past.
  • 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. 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.
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle. A complex of three buildings, the Hamburg Art Museum is one of the most interesting attractions in the city. Now more than 150 years old, it has works by some of the most important German artists, as well as world-famous masters like Goya, Manet, Degas, and Bacon. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also hosts different temporary exhibits and shows.
  • Archaeological Museum of Hamburg. Housing no fewer than 2.5 million artifacts and historical objects, the Archaeological Museum is one of the most notable of its kind in Germany. Unlike its many counterparts that specialize in the classical Hellenic or Roman heritage, this museum has a focus on the heritage of Northern Germany and features many fascinating archaeological findings from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The museum shares its premises with the Harburger Theater.
  • Hamburg Observatory. Worth a visit just for the highly unique building in which it is located, which is instantly recognizable for its spherical dome and bluish facade, the observatory is an astronomical research center where the active scientific process takes place, but it also doubles as a tourist attraction and is open for visitors. Run by Hamburg University, it features information about present-day research but also displays various historical objects of astronomical research. Surrounded by a park, the observatory can be found in the Bergedorf neighborhood of the city.

Traffic and parking

  • 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 day trips

  • 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.
  • Schwerin. It is about 112km (70 miles) west of Hamburg and Schwerin is known for its stunning Schwerin Castle, which is situated on an island in Lake Schwerin. This picturesque city boasts a rich history, charming architecture, and beautiful natural surroundings, making it a popular tourist destination in northern Germany.
  • 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.
  • Kiel. The northernmost state capital in Germany, Kiel is also one of the most interesting cities in this part of the country. Known for its Hanseatic heritage (although the city was eventually expelled from that trading union for providing a haven to pirates), it features such varied attractions as the City and Maritime Museum, Geomar Aquarium, and even the world’s only U-Boat surviving to the present day. The drive between Hamburg and Kiel takes about 90 minutes.

Most popular 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.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany’s most populous state is best known for its industrial prowess, but can also be a fascinating place to visit. Attractions include historic cities like Cologne and Aachen, plenty of well-preserved castles, small river valleys, and former mining sites turned into heritage attractions. The state capital, Düsseldorf, is about a four-and-a-half-hour drive northwest of Hamburg.

Car Rental Prices in Hamburg

  • Convertibles - from $151 per day
  • Station wagons - from $39 per day
  • Large cars - from $23 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $126 per day
  • Premium cars - from $70 per day
  • Small cars - from $27 per day
  • SUVs - from $32 per day

Money-saving tips

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!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Hamburg 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 Hamburg
$43.12
January
$41.74
February
$44.94
March
$39.94
April
$42.57
May
$46.10
June
$48.79
July
$42.03
August
$45.08
September
$35.93
October
$39.27
November
$47.55
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Hamburg is October (when prices average $35.93 per day). This is 17% cheaper than the yearly average and 26% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $48.79).

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 Hamburg?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 7 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Hamburg
4
January
5
February
4
March
4
April
4
May
6
June
7
July
7
August
5
September
5
October
5
November
5
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Hamburg is July, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Hamburg by pick-up date relative to the average
88%
January
70%
February
59%
March
76%
April
98%
May
140%
June
149%
July
115%
August
124%
September
112%
October
97%
November
71%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 21
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers WheeGo, Ok Mobility, Enterprise, Alamo, National
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
WheeGo Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
WheeGo Skoda Kamiq 5 2 SUVs
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
WheeGo Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Citroen C3 Aircross 5 1 SUVs
Enterprise Fiat Ducato Cargo 4 13 Large cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 108 5 1 Small cars
WheeGo Opel Grandland 5 2 SUVs

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.

Lithuania
Seat Leon
March 4, 2024
It was good, we were going to exhibition in Bremen. But stuck in traffic jam getting back to Hamburg :)
Belgium
Skoda Octavia
February 9, 2024
I was in belgium good
Switzerland
BMW 1 Series
January 29, 2024
Perfect experience
Ireland
Volkswagen Polo
December 1, 2023
This was a trip for family reasons and I do want to leave it at that.
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Fabia STW
October 23, 2023
We went to the places we wanted to go and enjoyed the site seeing.
Canada
Volkswagen Golf
May 17, 2023
Beautiful scenery
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
December 19, 2022
Hamburg, and time in Eckernforde over the pre-christmas period is, as always, a delight to visit.
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.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
WheeGo
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Dollar
7.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
16
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$37.19
Lowest daily price
$23.42
Total cars available
3166

Top 16 Suppliers in Hamburg in 2024

WheeGo
WheeGo
Very good 8.8 / 107 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $896
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.6 / 47 reviews
9 locations
$34 - $308
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Very good 8.4 / 156 reviews
1 location
$29 - $69
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 8.3 / 29 reviews
7 locations
$41 - $84
National
National
Very good 8.3 / 5 reviews
2 locations
$39 - $252
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.2 / 58 reviews
2 locations
$31 - $235
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 18 reviews
15 locations
$53 - $263
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 15 reviews
4 locations
$48 - $91
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 3 reviews
3 locations
$46 - $106
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
8 locations
$44 - $149
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.9 / 4 reviews
4 locations
$28 - $93
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
6 locations
$52 - $90
Starcar
Starcar
Good 7.8 / 1 review
6 locations
$54 - $91
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
5 locations
$56 - $123
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
4 locations
$67 - $124
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7 / 4 reviews
3 locations
$27 - $89
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