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Why rent a car in Stuttgart?
Stuttgart is a classy place to visit. A primarily industrial city that is home to famous carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, there’s also a touch of history and sophistication about it, from many well-preserved buildings to great museums and galleries. With a rental car, you can also travel to the nearby Black Forest area and cities like Heidelberg and Freiburg. Frequently voted as one of the nicest places to live in Germany, Stuttgart is just as fun to visit.
Top ways to enter Stuttgart
- Stuttgart Airport: One of the largest in Southern Germany, Stuttgart Airport served 11.8 million travelers in 2018. The airport consists of four terminals, although Terminal 4 is under construction as of July 2019. The airport is 14km (8.7 miles) south of the city center and can be reached in about 20 minutes.
- Mannheim City Airport: A small, regional airport, Mannheim City Airport only serves domestic flights as of July 2019 connecting Mannheim to Germany’s two largest cities, Berlin and Hamburg. Located 130km (81 miles) northwest of Stuttgart, it can be reached in about 90 minutes.
- Frankfurt Airport: The largest in Germany and one of the busiest in Europe, Frankfurt Airport served a record 69.5 million passengers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Lufthansa and is also served by a large number of other airlines offering flights to all continents of the world. The airport is located 195km (121 miles) north of Stuttgart and the distance between the two can be traveled in about two hours.
- Memmingen Airport: Sometimes also referred to as Allgäu-Memmingen Airport or Munich-West, this airport is popular with low-cost carriers and can often be a cheaper way to reach Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Located 150km (93 miles) southeast of Stuttgart, it can be reached in about two hours.
- Munich Airport: Serving Germany’s third-largest city, it is the second-busiest airport in the country. The airport hosts countless flights to and from destinations in Europe and also connects Germany to Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and the Americas. Located 240km (149 miles) east of Stuttgart, the airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- By rail: If you arrive in Stuttgart by train, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Railway Station.
Useful city facts
- Although not located on the coast, Stuttgart has an oceanic climate. Its summers are warm and relatively humid while its winters are cool and dry. The average high temperature is 26°C (79°F) in July, the warmest month, and 4°C (39°F) in January.
- Stuttgart is home to many famous and high-quality museums. Car lovers will know about the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum, but there are also the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart or the State Gallery, the Kunstmuseum or Modern Art Museum, the Linden Ethnological Museum, Natural History Museum, and many others.
- Stuttgart is famous for its high quality of life. The city is constantly mentioned as one of the best places to live in Germany and even in Europe as a whole. Factors like high levels of income, having many cultural institutions, vast and accessible green spaces, and low unemployment and crime rates contribute to this status.
Top destinations and activities
- New Palace. Known as Neues Schloss in German, it is one of the symbols of Stuttgart. Built in the 18th century by the Duke of Württemberg, the baroque building was almost completely demolished during World War Two but was carefully and skillfully renovated in the post-war years. Nowadays, the palace houses the State Ministries of Finance and Economy but is also open for tours.
- Bohnenviertel. Literally meaning “bean quarter” in German, it is one of the few parts of medieval Stuttgart that have survived to the present day. Primarily made up of two- and three-story buildings, most of which have been renovated, the area was for centuries inhabited by Stuttgart’s poorest craftsmen for whom beans was the staple food of their diet. Nowadays, Bohnenviertel is one of the nicest parts of the town with many small galleries, creative restaurants, and a special atmosphere.
- The City Library. Stuttgart’s cube-shaped library is one of the most innovative buildings in Germany. Opened in 2011, it houses not only works of literature, but also of music, video, and visual arts. As minimalistic and futuristic from inside as it is from the outside, it is a place that is definitely worth a visit even if you don’t want to borrow a book.
Traffic and parking tips
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limit is 50km/h (31mph) 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 have their own individual speed limits, so carefully follow the speed limit signs on each road that you drive on.
- Where speed limits are enforced, the tolerance for speeding is low. Driving just 3km/h (2mph) above the speed limit can, and often will, lead to a fine. 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 (68mph) for the left and 90km/h (56mph) for the center lane.
- Because of the very high speeds 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 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 license ban.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
- When you are 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 and the Warnow Tunnel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Neither of them is near Stuttgart.
Find out more about the toll roads in Germany on the European toll road website.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Mercedes-Benz Museum. The most famous museum of the city, it tells the story of the legendary Stuttgart-based car maker. Visitors are shown the finest vehicles of different eras as well as interactive exhibits on the company’s beginnings, inside workings, and future vision.
- Bad Cannstatt. After visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum, it is worth sticking around the northeastern neighborhood of Stuttgart where it is located. Sitting on the Neckar River and inhabited before Stuttgart was, Bad Cannstatt is characterized by narrow streets, medieval churches, and an old, impressive market square.
- The Black Forest. A large mountain range covered with thick woodland, Schwarzwald is one of the most atmospheric natural areas in Western Europe. Made up of many rivers and lakes, wooden farmhouses, and quiet hiking paths, it looks like a place straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The forest is about 130km (81 miles) southwest of Stuttgart and can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car type in Stuttgart is a mini, followed by economy and compact. The most popular rental cars in Stuttgart are the VW Up, the Toyota Aygo, and the VW Polo.
- Frankfurt. Much more than just the financial capital of Europe, Frankfurt is also a thriving hub of architecture, arts, and innovation. Travelers love it for its well-preserved historic center and impressive skyline with many skyscrapers. Just 210km (130 miles) north of Stuttgart, Frankfurt can be reached in 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- Saarbrucken. Something of a hidden gem, the capital of the Saarland region is a place of contrasts. Inhabited since the Ancient Roman times and home to a number of medieval and Renaissance buildings, it also honors its more recent industrial past with the nearby Völklingen Ironworks turned into a museum and having received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 220km (136 miles) west of Stuttgart, Saarbrucken can be reached in 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- Berlin. Although the German capital has many timeless landmarks, such as the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden boulevard, and the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall, the number one characteristic of this city is that it is always changing. A metropolis of arts and culture and home world’s most unique neighborhoods, it remains one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. Berlin is 630km (391 miles) northeast of Stuttgart and can be reached in about six hours.
How can I save money on my rental car?
Try to land a great rental car in Stuttgart by following these tips:
- 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 Stuttgart is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 41% cheaper than the yearly average. Come to Stuttgart for your Christmas vacation!
Top 20 Cities near Stuttgart
Berlin Car Rentals from $70.87 per day517.0 km / 321.3 miles away
Munich Car Rentals from $54.00 per day183.0 km / 113.7 miles away
Frankfurt Car Rentals from $42.34 per day162.7 km / 101.1 miles away
Dusseldorf Car Rentals from $26.60 per day338.1 km / 210.1 miles away
Cologne Car Rentals from $32.47 per day298.5 km / 185.5 miles away
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Weeze Car Rentals from $49.56 per day391.1 km / 243.0 miles away
Memmingen Car Rentals from $45.59 per day108.0 km / 67.1 miles away
Dortmund Car Rentals from $45.63 per day334.8 km / 208.0 miles away
Hannover Car Rentals from $30.80 per day420.6 km / 261.4 miles away
Bremen Car Rentals from $31.77 per day485.5 km / 301.7 miles away
Dresden Car Rentals from $32.81 per day423.8 km / 263.3 miles away
Mannheim Car Rentals from $52.69 per day101.2 km / 62.9 miles away
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Friedrichshafen Car Rentals from $46.19 per day115.3 km / 71.6 miles away
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Top 20 Locations near Stuttgart
Stuttgart Railway Station Car Rentals from $50.07 per day
Stuttgart Airport Car Rentals from $27.10 per day10.8 km / 6.7 miles away
Mannheim City Airport Car Rentals from $52.69 per day90.8 km / 56.4 miles away
Memmingen Airport Car Rentals from $45.59 per day117.6 km / 73.1 miles away
Friedrichshafen Airport Car Rentals from $46.19 per day126.0 km / 78.3 miles away
Frankfurt Airport Car Rentals from $31.70 per day145.8 km / 90.6 miles away
Frankfurt Central Station Car Rentals from $42.34 per day151.9 km / 94.4 miles away
Nurnberg Railway Station Car Rentals from $48.50 per day156.7 km / 97.4 miles away
Nurnberg Airport Car Rentals from $36.71 per day159.2 km / 98.9 miles away
Munich Laim Railway Station Car Rentals from $107.22 per day185.2 km / 115.1 miles away
Munich Central Train Station Car Rentals from $54.00 per day189.3 km / 117.6 miles away
Hahn/Lautzenhausen, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport Car Rentals from $34.01 per day190.0 km / 118.0 miles away
Munich Airport Car Rentals from $26.88 per day197.4 km / 122.7 miles away
Rosenheim Railway Station Car Rentals from $46.19 per day240.7 km / 149.6 miles away
Cologne Bonn Airport Car Rentals from $29.66 per day273.9 km / 170.2 miles away
Cologne Train Station Car Rentals from $32.47 per day288.2 km / 179.1 miles away
Paderborn Lippstadt Airport Car Rentals from $53.47 per day317.4 km / 197.2 miles away
Dusseldorf Railway Station Car Rentals from $40.76 per day320.3 km / 199.0 miles away
Dortmund Airport Car Rentals from $45.63 per day324.0 km / 201.3 miles away
Dusseldorf Airport Car Rentals from $26.60 per day327.7 km / 203.6 miles away
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