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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
VW Caddy or similar
VW Caddy
  • 2
  • 5
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$20.56 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Opel Vivaro or similar
Opel Vivaro
  • 3
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$22.39 per day
Wuppertal Barmen Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Global Rent A Car
$25.18 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Oversize
Mercedes Sprinter or similar
Mercedes Sprinter
  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$25.51 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$27.00 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Man.
Interrent
$27.94 / per day
Wuppertal Barmen Car Rental
Intermediate
Jeep Compass or similar
Jeep Compass
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Global Rent A Car
$27.96 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$28.03 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:33 on 2022-06-26. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German
Currency
EUR
Country code
49
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
9.4

Why rent a car in Germany?

Germany is a great place to travel around by car. Although the country is rather large, it boasts some of the best highways in the world, and the route between the north and the south or the east and the west can be done in a matter of hours. With beautiful cities and impressive nature areas, Germany is a place to discover.

If you want to know more about renting a car in Germany, don't miss our complete guide.

Germany Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in Germany

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Germany and drop off in another country:

  • From Germany to Poland - 1225 offers from US$ 75.92 per day
  • From Germany to Italy - 534 offers from US$ 52.18 per day
  • From Germany to Switzerland - 293 offers from US$ 65.85 per day
  • From Germany to Austria - 681 offers from US$ 51.10 per day
  • From Germany to Hungary - 316 offers from US$ 55.01 per day

Top ways to enter Germany

  • Munich Airport: Serving the capital city of Bavaria, Munich Airport handled 47 million passengers in 2019. The airport is a large hub for Lufthansa, but also has flights by low-cost carriers like easyJet and Vueling. 
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport: Opened in late 2020, Brandenburg Airport replaced both Tegel and Schoenefeld airports that served the German capital and the surrounding Brandenburg region.
  • Frankfurt Airport: The largest airport in the country and fourth-busiest in Europe, Frankfurt Airport handles flights to and from destinations all around the world. The airport offers access to much of central and western Germany.
  • Hamburg Airport: Serving Germany’s second-largest city, it is the main airport in the country’s north. The airport is popular with low-cost carriers like Eurowings, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Berlin: Germany's capital is one of Europe's most popular travel destinations thanks to its colorful neighborhoods, bustling arts scene, and free spirit.
  • Hamburg: Hamburg is popular with travelers both for its history as an important port city and its laidback lifestyle in areas like St. Pauli.
  • Bavaria: The region's main attraction is its grand capital, Munich, but you shouldn't overlook its national parks, stunning mountains, and cozy towns, either. Historic Augsburg should also not be missed.
  • Leipzig: One of Germany's best kept secrets, during the last decade Leipzig has quickly become a cultural, arts, and science center.
  • Frankfurt: There's more to Frankfurt than just finance and business as the city is also famous for its museums, architecture, and Hessian cuisine.
  • Bonn: The capital of Germany between 1949 and 1990, Bonn is a smaller city with an abudance of cultural life.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Germany is the Fiat 500, followed by the Hyundai i30 and the Opel Astra. The most popular rental car types are compact, mini, and economy. 

Driver license requirements

  • Germany recognizes driver’s licenses from all the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) if they are valid, written in a Latin alphabet, and if you are in the country on a visit that’s shorter than one year. If you are a full-time resident of Germany, you need to acquire a German driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP). 
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you also need to carry the driver’s license from your country as you might be required to present both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Germany shares a border with Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Germany is a member of the Schengen Area and so are all of its neighboring countries. If you’ll need a visa to enter the Schengen Area, the same will also permit you to enter any of the Germany’s neighboring countries.

Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Top driving routes

  • Baltic Sea Coast. Mostly overlooked by foreign visitors, Germany’s Baltic Sea region is an interesting place to visit. The formerly East German region is known for its white-sand beaches and islands which are lovely to visit during the summer months, as well as the scenic Hanseatic cities of Rostock, Kiel, and Lubeck.
  • The Black Forest. An inspiration for many of the famous German fairy tales, the Schwarzwald is both a nature area and a cultural region. As fun to explore hiking as it is in a car, the region is home to some of the most scenic drives in Germany. Attractions include the distinct Black Forest farmhouses, the historic Maulbronn monastery, and plenty of serenity.
  • Western Germany. Industrial and very densely populated, the west of Germany is another part of the country that’s perhaps under the radar of most foreign visitors. Those who do give it a chance will discover not just historic cities like Cologne and Trier, but also wineries, river valleys, and mines turned into heritage sites.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $96 per day
  • Station wagons - from $111 per day
  • Large cars - from $100 per day
  • Medium cars - from $86 per day
  • Vans - from $134 per day
  • Premium cars - from $140 per day
  • Small cars - from $73 per day
  • SUVs - from $119 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Germany:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your rental car as early as possible
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Germany is the cheapest in October when renting an automobile is almost 30% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Germany

  1. Car Rental in Berlin from $152.57 per day
  2. Car Rental in Frankfurt from $58.42 per day
  3. Car Rental in Munich from $63.12 per day
  4. Car Rental in Cologne from $40.44 per day
  5. Car Rental in Hamburg from $70.12 per day
  6. Car Rental in Dusseldorf from $19.36 per day
  7. Car Rental in Stuttgart from $56.29 per day
  8. Car Rental in Dresden from $56.55 per day
  9. Car Rental in Hannover from $45.35 per day
  10. Car Rental in Nurnberg from $49.54 per day
  11. Car Rental in Bremen from $33.49 per day
  12. Car Rental in Dortmund from $63.03 per day
  13. Car Rental in Leipzig from $73.07 per day
  14. Car Rental in Mannheim from $94.14 per day
  15. Car Rental in Baden-Baden from $62.54 per day
  16. Car Rental in Münster from $47.13 per day
  17. Car Rental in Weeze from $80.09 per day
  18. Car Rental in Koblenz from $94.36 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

The cost of renting a car in Germany depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Germany
$54.19
January
$54.69
February
$58.00
March
$68.99
April
$62.74
May
$61.17
June
$64.01
July
$52.03
August
$40.47
September
$39.95
October
$57.96
November
$57.44
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Germany is October — prices start from $39.95 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 42% cheaper than renting a car in the month of April (when prices start at $68.99 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Germany?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in September — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Germany
8
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
5
June
6
July
5
August
4
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Germany?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Germany. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is February.
Popularity of Car Rental in Germany by Monthly Searches
58%
January
48%
February
50%
March
53%
April
76%
May
66%
June
80%
July
72%
August
48%
September
534%
October
55%
November
59%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Ok Rent A Car VW Polo 5 2 Small cars
Global Rent A Car Hyundai i20 5 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Seat Leon 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Rent A Car VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Global Rent A Car Opel Crossland 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Opel Zafira 5 2 Vans

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Opel Zafira
March 1, 2022
Extremely small 7-seater. Would not call it a minivan. A little deceiving
Chile
Opel Insignia STW
January 10, 2022
In Berlin for very early dropping off the agency is closed then is necessary to remark the way for key drop off
Israel
Mercedes E Class
October 4, 2021
I received exactly the car I ordered. It is rare. I really enjoyed the car and the rental experience that went smoothly and without problems.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Crossland
September 5, 2021
The Europcar Berlin City location is convenient, modern and clean. Easily accessible by public transportation. The customer service reps were friendly.
Israel
VW Passat
July 8, 2021
Compared to other offers the company's offer was better and the company's reliability in my eyes in quite a few rentals I had through the company
France
VW Polo
September 7, 2020
A lot of roads were on work when I visited the city, which made the driving quite hard, but I appreciated very much visiting the region around Stuttgart, which is definitely worth to visit when coming to Germany. Konstanz and Sigmaringen were for example great places to visit.
Hungary
Opel Astra STW
July 13, 2020
easy to drive around , easy to park
Australia
Opel Corsa
June 11, 2020
Great airport service, very clean, like new car.
Romania
VW Golf
March 2, 2020
i was in Tyrol(Austria)
United Kingdom
VW Golf
August 28, 2019
Rental return was at the rear of the airport. Follow signs
United Kingdom
FORD S-MAX
January 24, 2019
Friendly staff.
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Fabia
October 2, 2018
Munich has great mass transit so staying in Munich only will rarely require a car but if you want to venture outside the city then a car is necessary.
Car rental statistics
Highest rated company
Ok Rent A Car
9.06 / 10
Lowest rated company
Interrent
7.8 / 10
Total number of reviews
33
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$63.48
Lowest daily price
$9.27
Total cars available
7340

Top 17 Suppliers in Germany in 2022

Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.1 / 337 reviews
+498944397126
Terminalstraße Mitte, 85356 München-Flughafen
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9 / 292 reviews
+4908997880410
Terminalstrasse Mitte Mietwagenzentrum, 85356 Munchen
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9 / 291 reviews
+498966060060
Am Flughafen 42, 87766 Memmingerberg
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8 / 282 reviews
+4908997880410
Terminalstrasse Mitte Mietwagenzentrum, 85356 Munchen
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8 / 154 reviews
+4983319250860
Am Flughafen 42
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sun:10:00-17:00
National
National
Excellent 8.8 / 19 reviews
+4908997880410
Terminalstrasse Mitte Mietwagenzentrum, 85356 München
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6 / 94 reviews
+49302407900
Alexanderplatz 8
Working hours
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Excellent 8.6 / 192 reviews
+4969697970
Airport City Mall, Bereich A, 60549 Frankfurt am Main
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.6 / 27 reviews
+4969710445596
Flughafen MunchenTerminalstrasse Mitte
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Excellent 8.5 / 234 reviews
+490203860510
Zur Bleiche 51, 24941 Flensburg
Working hours
Mon:07:30-17:00
Tue:07:30-17:00
Wed:07:30-17:00
Thu:07:30-17:00
Fri:07:30-17:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:09:00-11:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 13 reviews
+4930609176748
Melli-Beese-Ring 1/Terminal 1, 12529 Berlin
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-22:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Excellent 8.5 / 53 reviews
+34902360636 / +18778223872 / +34971084916
Nordallee 25, Munich, 85356
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5 / 8 reviews
+490899788614
Terminalstrasse Mitte 14, 85356 München-Flughafen
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
WheeGo
WheeGo
Excellent 8.4
+491758802894
Ahrensburgerstraße 138 Hamburg
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:08:00-12:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4 / 11 reviews
+49073216609546
LEIMGRUBENAECKER 1
Working hours
Mon:08:00-15:00
Tue:08:00-15:00
Wed:08:00-15:00
Thu:08:00-15:00
Fri:08:00-15:00
Sat:08:00-10:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 24 reviews
+49421558055
Flughafen, Flughafenallee 29 31, 28199 Bremen, Germany
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:45
Tue:08:00-21:45
Wed:08:00-21:45
Thu:08:00-21:45
Fri:08:00-22:45
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:10:00-22:45
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8 / 32 reviews
+49892035230517
MAC (Munich Airport Center) Car Rental Area - In terminal
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
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