Economy (Fiat Panda or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Germany.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Germany are Europcar (8,5, 88 reviews), Enterprise (8,1, 404 reviews), and Sixt (8,0, 325 reviews).
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Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Germany are Frankfurt am Main (73% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Germany), Hannover (14%) and Munich (9%).
On average hiring a car in Germany costs R2 911 per week (R416 per day).
On average a car hire in Germany costs R12 474 per month (R416 per day).
You will need to remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road when you rent a car in Germany. The roads are very well maintained and the highways are clearly signposted, allowing traffic to flow smoothly. When you see blue highway signs, you will be driving on an Autobahn that consists of three lanes. When at a junction, you must give priority to those on the right. You must also always carry a warning triangle and add headlamp beam deflectors to your car. The only toll roads that you will encounter are at the Warnow and Herrem Tunnels.
If you plan to rent a car in Germany, the minimum age for drivers is 21 years. You will need to provide a valid driver’s license and passport. If a driver is under the age of 23, there is also a young driver surcharge. For non-European drivers, your license will be accepted only if you have been in the EU for less than six months and have no visas.
When you rent a car in Germany, you will find that the average price of petrol in Germany is considerably higher, at €1.53 ($1.72) per liter (around $6.31 per gallon). You will find plenty of 24h petrol stations along most major roads, offering both self- and full-service; plus, they will accept credit cards.
When you drive in Germany, you need to be aware that each road has its own speed restriction. On most Autobahns, there are no maximum speed limits, although the recommended top speed is 130 km/h (80 mph). In rural areas the speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph) while in urban areas the limit decreases to 50 km/h (31 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Hires are subject to change and may not be available on all hire cars listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the hire cars providers' sites.