Car Rental in Germany
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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.
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 $76.05 per day
- From Germany to Italy - 534 offers from $52.27 per day
- From Germany to Switzerland - 293 offers from $65.96 per day
- From Germany to Austria - 681 offers from $51.19 per day
- From Germany to Hungary - 316 offers from $55.10 per day
Top ways to enter Germany
- Munich Airport: Serving the capital city of Bavaria, Munich Airport handled 31.6 million passengers in 2022. 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.
- Dusseldorf Airport. In the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf Airport is one of the most important airports in Germany. It connects the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital with destinations all over the world, but also with other domestic German airports.
- 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. For nature lovers, the areas of Allgäu and Bodensee are worth a visit.
- 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 abundance of cultural life.
- Dresden: When you visit Dresden, you feel transported back to times long past. The old town was rebuilt true to the original after the destruction in World War II. On the other side of the river Elbe you will find modern, alternatively shaped districts.
- Sylt: With miles of light sandy beaches awaiting you in the far north of Germany, the island of Sylt is a popular holiday destination for German tourists, especially in summer. Sylt can be reached by train, by ferry from Denmark and by car train from Niebüll, Germany.
- Harz: The Harz Mountains, located in central Germany, are a picturesque and historical range of hills that offer a wide range of outdoor activities and cultural experiences. The Harz region is famous for its beautiful landscapes, dense forests, crystal-clear lakes, and charming towns, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
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's 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.
- 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.
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 Help Center.
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. The most important city within the Black Forest is Freiburg.
- 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.
- Bavaria. Start your route in Munich and explore some of the most beautiful regions in Germany. These include the Berchtesgaden National Park, Lake Chiemsee, Allgäu with the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Lake Constance (Bodensee). In addition to Munich, the Bavarian cities of Würzburg, Nuremberg, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are particularly worthwhile.
- Central Germany: Travel from Dresden via the Harz Mountains to Cologne. In addition to visiting Dresden, a trip to Saxon Switzerland is also worthwhile at the beginning of this route. The Bastei is the most recommended sight here. There are also worthwhile hiking routes in this region. A stop in Leipzig is also worthwhile on the way to the Harz area. In addition to mountains, forests and stalactite caves, you can also explore disused mines in the Harz Mountains. On the way to Cologne, you can extend your route to other beautiful cities such as Münster and Dusseldorf.
Car Rental Prices
- Convertibles - from $37 per day
- Station wagons - from $26 per day
- Large cars - from $30 per day
- Medium cars - from $24 per day
- Vans - from $62 per day
- Premium cars - from $36 per day
- Small cars - from $21 per day
- SUVs - from $26 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
Car Rental in Munich from $30.48 per day
Car Rental in Frankfurt from $27.93 per day
Car Rental in Hamburg from $22.93 per day
Car Rental in Berlin from $25.55 per day
Car Rental in Dusseldorf from $38.97 per day
Car Rental in Cologne from $28.54 per day
Car Rental in Nurnberg from $27.70 per day
Car Rental in Stuttgart from $34.73 per day
Car Rental in Memmingen from $32.89 per day
Car Rental in Mannheim from $37.54 per day
Car Rental in Dortmund from $33.37 per day
Car Rental in Hannover from $31.63 per day
Car Rental in Baden-Baden from $37.26 per day
Car Rental in Bremen from $30.74 per day
Car Rental in Leipzig from $27.93 per day
Car Rental in Dresden from $20.88 per day
Car Rental in Essen from $35.94 per day
Car Rental in Weeze from $71.54 per day
Car Rental in Hahn/Lautzenhausen from $36.27 per day
Car Rental in Flensburg from $33.69 per day
Top 20 Most Popular Locations in Germany
Car Rental at Munich Airport from $31.70 per day
Car Rental at Frankfurt Airport from $40.89 per day
Car Rental at Hamburg Airport from $22.93 per day
Car Rental at Cologne Bonn Airport from $33.44 per day
Car Rental at Dusseldorf Airport from $38.97 per day
Car Rental at Nurnberg Airport from $27.70 per day
Car Rental at Stuttgart Airport from $35.14 per day
Car Rental at Memmingen Airport from $32.89 per day
Car Rental at Frankfurt Central Station from $51.04 per day
Car Rental at Baden-Airpark/Karlsruhe Airport from $52.68 per day
Car Rental at Berlin Zoo Train Station from $37.72 per day
Car Rental at Dortmund Airport from $41.46 per day
Car Rental at Hannover Airport from $31.63 per day
Car Rental at Weeze/Niederrhein Airport from $71.54 per day
Car Rental at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport from $36.27 per day
Car Rental at Bremen Airport from $60.15 per day
Car Rental at Stuttgart Train Station from $62.87 per day
Car Rental at Dresden Airport from $64.98 per day
Car Rental at Leipzig/Halle Airport from $68.15 per day
Car Rental in Frankfurt West from $61.71 per day
Map of Car Rental Locations
What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Germany?
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.
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||616|
|Popular suppliers||Ok Mobility, Enterprise, WheeGo, Keddy, Alamo|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars|
|Lowest price||$21 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Ok Mobility||Volkswagen Polo||5||2||Small cars|
|Enterprise||Fiat Ducato Cargo||4||13||Large cars|
|WheeGo||Skoda Fabia||3||2||Small cars|
|Ok Mobility||Audi Q2||5||2||SUVs|
|Enterprise||Volkswagen Caddy||4||5||Large cars|
|WheeGo||Hyundai i30||5||2||Medium cars|
|Ok Mobility||Volkswagen Golf||5||2||Medium cars|
|Ok Mobility||Audi Q2||5||2||SUVs|
|Enterprise||Toyota Aygo||3||2||Small cars|
|Ok Mobility||Citroen C3 Aircross||5||1||SUVs|
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