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Top tips for hiring a car in Germany

  • If you want to explore some of Germany’s neighboring countries like Austria, you can cross the border with your rental car. Depending on your rental company and from which city or airport you want to travel, crossing the border can be free or might cost up to €24 ($27) per day; the price will likely increase if you are traveling to a non-EU country. If you plan to cross over to Poland, you will have to check that your car model is accepted, as certain models are forbidden.
  • If you are bringing children to Germany, you will need to follow the child car seat laws. Children below 1.5 m (4 ft 10 in) in height are required to travel in a car seat in the rear of the car, unless they are babies, who may sit in the front seat facing backwards. You may rent a car seat from your car hire agency for around €15 ($17) a day.
  • The best way to discover the country is to rent a car in Germany. If you are planning a road trip, consider taking the 600 km (370 mi) "Germany Fairy Tale Road" from Hanau to Baunatal, where the Brothers Grimm stories took inspiration. Renting a sedan model will provide you with the most comfort for long journeys and is ideal for those with a lot of luggage.
  • If you plan to drive in some of Germany’s major cities, you will notice environmental "green zones" (or "umweltzonen"), which means that cars need to have a special sticker ("umweltplakette") for entry. These cost €6 ($6.79), and you will be fined without one.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Germany for R1 546 or less
  • Book your car hire in Germany at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Germany are around -46% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Germany

  • What is the most popular car hire in Germany?

    Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Germany.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Germany?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in Germany?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Germany are Krefeld (50% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Germany), Passau (8%) and Hannover (8%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Germany?

    On average a car hire in Germany costs R11 029 per week (R1 576 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Germany?

    On average a car hire in Germany costs R47 267 per month (R1 576 per day).

  • What is driving like in Germany?

    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.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Germany?

    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.

  • How much does petrol cost in Germany?

    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.

  • What are the speed limits in Germany?

    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).

Car hire directory

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    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Germany

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    Sunnycars car hire locations in Germany

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  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Germany

    635 Locations

  • flizzr

    FLIZZR car hire locations in Germany

    542 Locations

  • global

    Global Rent A Car car hire locations in Germany

    504 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Germany

    487 Locations

  • buchbinder

    BUCHBINDER car hire locations in Germany

    479 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Germany

    344 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Germany

    286 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Germany

    264 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Germany

    224 Locations

  • interrent

    INTERRENT car hire locations in Germany

    202 Locations

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Average price

R1 576/day

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R1 546/day

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.