Car Rental in Hannover
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Why rent a car in Hannover?
Hanover is a great city to visit. Although it might lack the grandeur of Hamburg or the historic appeal of some of the other nearby cities, the city’s quality museums, vast green spaces, and classy architecture still give a traveler plenty to enjoy. After seeing Hanover, you can drive to explore the rest of Northern Germany or pop over the border to the Netherlands.
One-Way Car Rentals in Hannover
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Hannover and drop off in another city include:
- From Hannover to Munich - 116 offers from $28.84 per day
- From Hannover to Bielefeld - 85 offers from $34.72 per day
- From Hannover to Hamburg - 152 offers from $34.05 per day
- From Hannover to Osnabrück - 85 offers from $34.72 per day
Top ways to enter Hannover
- Hanover Airport: The largest airport in Lower Saxony, Hanover-Langenhagen handled 6.3 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for low-cost and leisure airlines like Eurowings and Condor and is also served by around 30 other airlines. Located 20km (12.5 miles) north of Hanover, the airport can be reached in about 20 minutes.
- Bremen Airport: Serving the large city of the same name, Bremen Airport handled about 2.5 million travelers in 2018. The airport serves plenty of destinations across Europe, as well as some in the Middle East and North Africa. Located 130km (81 miles) northwest of Hanover, the airport can be reached in about 90 minutes.
- Hamburg Airport: The fifth-busiest in the country, Hamburg Airport handled 17 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by more than 60 airlines, including low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Wizz Air. Located 180km (112 miles) north of Hanover, Hamburg Airport can be reached in two hours.
- Berlin Tegel Airport: The primary airport serving Germany’s capital, Tegel handled 22 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for the low-cost carrier easyJet and also has flights by around 40 other airlines. Located 280km (174 miles) east of Hanover, Berlin-Tegel can be reached in about three hours. Flying to Berlin’s other international airport, Schonefeld, can also be a convenient way to travel to Hannover.
- Frankfurt Airport: The busiest in the country and fourth-busiest in all of Europe, Frankfurt Airport was served by nearly 70 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for Lufthansa and has flights by tens of other airlines which provide connections with all of the inhabited continents of the world. Located 355km (220 miles) southwest of Hanover, Frankfurt Airport can be reached in about four hours.
- Located near the North Sea coast, Hanover has an oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winters. The average high temperature is 24°C (74°F) in July, the warmest month (although individual summer days get significantly hotter), and 4°C (39°F) in January, the coldest. The level of precipitation is quite even throughout the year, with a slight increase every August.
- Founded during Medieval times, Hanover received city rights in the 13th century. Over the following centuries, the city was part of a number of different principalities and polities, including the Electorate of Hanover and the Kingdom of Hanover, of which it was the capital. As it was part of the Kingdom of Hanover, it later became part of Germany after World War One along with the rest of the kingdom.
Top destinations and activities
- Herrenhausen Gardens. Herrenhausen is not only one of the symbols of Hanover, but also one of the nicest public green areas in northern Germany. Created in the 17th century by the order of the King of Hanover, the gardens were made to resemble those of Versailles in France. Tourists can also visit the Herrenhausen Palace which was bombed in World War Two but was impressively renovated over the last decades.
- The History Museum. There’s a lot of royal history in Hanover, but it can be equally interesting to find out how the common people lived in the area over the centuries. The museum features a lot of interesting exhibitions about local traditions, architecture, and most the professions characteristic to the region; of course, the local aristocrats are not completely forgotten, either.
- Hanover Tramway Museum. Perhaps more so than in any other European country, trams hold a special place in the hearts of urban Germans - for decades, it was the main mode of transportation for thousands of city dwellers all over the country (in Hanover, the tram system was eventually replaced by a light rail network). The Tramway Museum honors this heritage and has plenty of interesting exhibits, from old-fashioned first trams to impressive low-floor, high-speed models.
- Hannover Zoo. Large and modern, Hannover Zoo is often named among the best in Europe. Located in the heart of the city, it takes up 22 hectares (54 acres) and is home to nearly 250 species of animals. The zoo is divided into such varied sections as the Zambezi of the African savannah, Jungle Palace of the Indian rainforest, and Yukon Bay.
Traffic and parking
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limit is 50km/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 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 and 90km/h (56 mph) for the center lane.
- Because of the very high speeds used by some on the German autobahns, be extra careful when switching lanes.
- Parking spaces in downtown Hanover 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.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in it 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.
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 (about 225km or 140 mi northeast of Hanover) and the Warnow Tunnel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (about 340km or 210 mi northeast of Hanover).
Find out more about the toll roads in Germany on the European toll road website.
Ideas for day trips
- Hildesheim. The small and picturesque city on the River Innerste has been inhabited since the days of the Holy Roman Empire and often brands itself as one of the oldest cities in the region. Travelers enjoy its architectural gems including, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the City Hall, and the Butchers’ Guild Hall as well as the Roemer and Pelizaeus, one of the oldest museums in Germany. Located 35km (21 miles) south of Hanover, Hildesheim can be reached in about 35 minutes.
- Wolfsburg. Known as the headquarters of Volkswagen and the location of the world’s biggest car plant, Wolfsburg is sometimes thought of as business-like, industrial, and not very exciting. Those who give this old city a chance, however, will be rewarded with the beautiful Wolfsburg Castle, a tour of the VW factory, the Phaeno Science Center, and an impressive planetarium. Located just 90km (54 miles) east of Hanover, Wolfsburg can be reached in one hour and is definitely worth a shot.
- Bremen. A city that retains its independent Hanseatic title to this day, Bremen is proud in spirit and rich in culture. Visitors enjoy the famous statues of the Town Musicians of Bremen and Roland, the impressive Rathaus or town hall, and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Located 135km (84 miles) northwest of Hanover, Bremen takes about 90 minutes to reach.
- Hamelin. Another small and scenic town that’s a popular day trip destination from Hannover, Hamelin is best known for its half-timbered houses, as well as heritage buildings of the Renaissance era. The legend of Pied Piper, the man who expelled the city’s rats, also takes place in Hamelin. The drive from Hannover takes just under one hour.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Hannover is the Volkswagen Golf, although many travelers also go for the Ford Ka and the Toyota Aygo. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and mini.
- Berlin. Divided for almost 30 years and now united again for about the same time, it’s the unique blend of East and West that gives the city its unique character and continues to influence Berlin’s culture, way of life, and even cuisine. There are plenty of important sites (think Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of The Wall) for history buffs to enjoy, but with a dynamic arts, science, and technology scene, Berlin is a city that looks simultaneously towards the past and the future. Located 285km (177 miles) east of Hanover, Berlin can be reached in about three hours.
- Hamburg. The country’s second city, although unmistakably German, has a lot in common with places in Scandinavia. Its Hanseatic past; maritime heritage; classy, yet austere architecture; and frequent sea breeze make it one of its own kind. Creative and freethinking districts like St. Pauli and Altona mean there’s fun to be had, too. Located 160km (100 miles) north of Hanover, Hamburg takes two hours to reach.
- Frankfurt. Not just a banking and finance hub, Frankfurt is also one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Western Germany. The city is known for its high quality of life, historic Römerberg area, vast green spaces, and innovative museums. It’s also one of the gateways to Rhine Valley, one of the most scenic places in all of Germany. The drive from Hannover to Frankfurt takes about four hours.
- The Netherlands. Much of the land of tulips and windmills has literally been reclaimed from the sea and is a fascinating place to visit. One of the most densely populated countries in Europe, it is home to an array of unique cities (not just Amsterdam and the Hague, but also places like Maastricht and Utrecht), and there’s even enough space left for protected areas like Hoge Veluwe National Park and the gardens of Keukenhof. Amsterdam is about 375km (233 miles) west of Hanover and can be reached in about four hours. To make this trip, you’ll have to cross the border between Germany and the Netherlands and although no physical border checks are in place, you should still ask your rental car provider if they permit it.
Car Rental Prices in Hannover
- Convertibles - from $62 per day
- Station wagons - from $50 per day
- Large cars - from $40 per day
- Medium cars - from $43 per day
- Vans - from $88 per day
- Premium cars - from $95 per day
- Small cars - from $33 per day
- SUVs - from $45 per day
Get a great rental car in Hannover by following this advice:
- 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 Hannover is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 60% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 85% than renting a car in September. Come to Germany for your winter vacation!
Top 20 Cities near Hannover
Braunschweig Car Rentals from $47.58 per day58.7 km / 36.5 miles away
Bremen Car Rentals from $35.80 per day88.9 km / 55.2 miles away
Paderborn Car Rentals from $42.39 per day105.6 km / 65.6 miles away
Hamburg Car Rentals from $21.11 per day131.6 km / 81.8 miles away
Norderstedt Car Rentals from $57.00 per day137.6 km / 85.5 miles away
Bremerhaven Car Rentals from $34.28 per day140.5 km / 87.3 miles away
Münster Car Rentals from $40.57 per day151.8 km / 94.3 miles away
Lübeck Car Rentals from $48.63 per day170.1 km / 105.7 miles away
Dortmund Car Rentals from $42.85 per day176.4 km / 109.6 miles away
Erfurt Car Rentals from $28.42 per day189.1 km / 117.5 miles away
Bochum Car Rentals from $46.36 per day201.5 km / 125.2 miles away
Kiel Car Rentals from $42.89 per day207.7 km / 129.1 miles away
Fulda Car Rentals from $45.43 per day212.5 km / 132.0 miles away
Essen Car Rentals from $40.72 per day213.9 km / 132.9 miles away
Giessen Car Rentals from $48.64 per day220.3 km / 136.9 miles away
Leipzig Car Rentals from $47.25 per day223.2 km / 138.7 miles away
Dusseldorf Car Rentals from $38.33 per day238.9 km / 148.4 miles away
Rostock Car Rentals from $35.79 per day243.4 km / 151.2 miles away
Cologne Car Rentals from $30.75 per day249.4 km / 155.0 miles away
Flensburg Car Rentals from $46.20 per day257.5 km / 160.0 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Hannover
Hannover Airport Car Rentals from $49.66 per day
Bremen Airport Car Rentals from $35.80 per day88.9 km / 55.2 miles away
Hamburg Central Train Station Car Rentals from $71.12 per day123.3 km / 76.6 miles away
Hamburg Airport Car Rentals from $21.11 per day131.6 km / 81.8 miles away
Münster Osnabrück Airport Car Rentals from $40.57 per day140.8 km / 87.5 miles away
Dortmund Airport Car Rentals from $52.73 per day176.4 km / 109.6 miles away
Leipzig/Halle Airport Car Rentals from $67.70 per day209.2 km / 130.0 miles away
Dusseldorf Airport Car Rentals from $38.77 per day238.9 km / 148.4 miles away
Berlin Steglitz Car Rentals from $45.86 per day247.0 km / 153.5 miles away
Berlin Zoo Train Station Car Rentals from $45.54 per day247.0 km / 153.5 miles away
Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rentals from $30.75 per day249.4 km / 155.0 miles away
Berlin Gendarmenmarkt/Hilton Hotel Car Rentals from $60.08 per day251.0 km / 156.0 miles away
Weeze/Niederrhein Airport Car Rentals from $74.56 per day260.5 km / 161.9 miles away
Frankfurt Central Station Car Rentals from $41.30 per day271.3 km / 168.6 miles away
Frankfurt West Car Rentals from $140.01 per day274.0 km / 170.3 miles away
Frankfurt Airport Car Rentals from $28.85 per day282.1 km / 175.3 miles away
Dresden Airport Car Rentals from $56.99 per day317.1 km / 197.0 miles away
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport Car Rentals from $68.06 per day326.3 km / 202.8 miles away
Nurnberg Airport Car Rentals from $31.18 per day343.7 km / 213.6 miles away
353.6 km / 219.7 miles away
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||5|
|Popular suppliers||Enterprise, Keddy, Alamo, Global Rent A Car, SIXT|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs|
|Lowest price||$33 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Keddy||Volkswagen Polo||4||2||Small cars|
|Enterprise||Fiat Ducato Cargo||4||13||Large cars|
|Enterprise||Volkswagen Caddy||4||5||Large cars|
|Enterprise||Toyota Aygo||3||2||Small cars|
|Keddy||Skoda Kamiq||5||2||Medium cars|
|Enterprise||Volkswagen Golf||5||2||Medium cars|
|Alamo||Toyota Aygo||3||2||Small cars|
|Keddy||Fiat 500||2||1||Small cars|
|Keddy||Opel Crossland||5||2||Medium cars|