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Germany Car Rental Mini Guide

Germany is a country that boasts beautiful countryside, bustling cities with stunning architecture, interesting medieval villages, castles and much more. With a hire car in Germany, you can explore as much as you want to and go where you want, when you want without having to plan your itinerary around bus and train timetables.

Germany is world leader in the premium car sector with brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes revered in Germany and the world over. As such, models such as the Audi A6, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes E-Class are all available to rent in Germany.

Whether you need a hire car for a day or a month, hiring a car in Germany is a great way to explore beyond the confines of the city or getting from one to another as one-way car hire is easily arranged.
 

Most popular locations to collect car hire in Germany


Cheapest car hire in Germany

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.71 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 166.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.71 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 166.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Adam

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.71 EUR/day
Opel Adam

7 Days rental at 179.99 EUR from 20/02/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.03 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 210.21 EUR from 20/02/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 211.65 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 211.65 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 211.65 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 211.65 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 211.65 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.28 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 191.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.28 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 191.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Leon

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.28 EUR/day
Seat Leon

7 Days rental at 191.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 308 Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.57 EUR/day
Peugeot 308 Estate

7 Days rental at 200.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Leon

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.14 EUR/day
Seat Leon

7 Days rental at 211.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 308 Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.14 EUR/day
Peugeot 308 Estate

7 Days rental at 211.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Leon

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.14 EUR/day
Seat Leon

7 Days rental at 211.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 308 Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.14 EUR/day
Peugeot 308 Estate

7 Days rental at 211.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen T-Cross

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.28 EUR/day
Volkswagen T-Cross

7 Days rental at 218.97 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.28 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 170.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.57 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 172.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.57 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 172.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.88 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 188.17 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.98 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 195.91 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.98 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 195.91 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.42 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 205.98 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.42 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 205.98 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 215.94 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 45.56 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 318.94 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 45.56 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 318.94 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.14 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 330.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.84 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 334.91 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.84 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 334.91 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 49.24 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 344.74 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 351.93 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.51 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 367.60 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.70 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 368.92 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Citroen C5

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.85 EUR/day
Citroen C5

7 Days rental at 209.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Combi

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.57 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Combi

7 Days rental at 221.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Insignia Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.85 EUR/day
Opel Insignia Estate

7 Days rental at 223.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Insignia Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.85 EUR/day
Opel Insignia Estate

7 Days rental at 223.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Insignia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.57 EUR/day
Opel Insignia

7 Days rental at 235.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Insignia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.57 EUR/day
Opel Insignia

7 Days rental at 235.00 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Combi

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.27 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Combi

7 Days rental at 239.95 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Combi

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.27 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Combi

7 Days rental at 239.95 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Combi

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.84 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Combi

7 Days rental at 250.94 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.02 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 448.20 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.65 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 487.55 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 50.46 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 353.28 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Citroen C4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 55.03 EUR/day
Citroen C4

7 Days rental at 385.23 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.60 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 347.24 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.59 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 459.15 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.42 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 541.96 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.62 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 410.40 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Citroen C4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.87 EUR/day
Citroen C4

7 Days rental at 454.09 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Germany

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Germany, speed limits are in Km/h
  • There are nearly 13,000Km of autobahn in Germany, approximately 75% of which have an advisory speed limit of 130Km/h, but no legal limit
  • Enterprise and Sixt are the joint highest rated car rental companies in Germany from over 11,000 reviews
  • Europcar have the most rental locations in Germany with over 25 outlets across the country

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Germany

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    130kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.74/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Germany

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
21
8.5/10
312
€ 40.52
€ 45.54
€ 48.32
€ 53.81
 National
20
8.1/10
54
€ 45.12
€ 52.37
€ 52.76
€ 59.15
 Keddy by europcar
117
7.8/10
960
€ 32.32
€ 35.30
€ 40.33
€ 156.28
 Buchbinder
165
7.7/10
2,048
€ 32.34
€ 35.34
€ 43.29
€ 83.50
 Enterprise
180
7.5/10
4,904
€ 30.03
€ 34.45
€ 36.52
€ 39.46
 Europcar
287
7.4/10
13,672
€ 37.50
€ 41.78
€ 48.27
€ 94.62
 Sixt
294
7.3/10
11,350
€ 45.99
€ 31.28
€ 34.27
€ 46.70
 Flizzr
52
6.9/10
630
€ 36.56
€ 35.88
€ 39.34
€ 44.64
 Budget
189
6.9/10
2,312
€ 23.71
€ 27.28
€ 31.85
€ 55.30
 Avis
229
6.7/10
5,359
€ 34.00
€ 27.28
€ 29.85
€ 53.14
 Hertz
84
6.1/10
756
€ 25.71
€ 33.20
€ 38.12
€ 55.58
 Thrifty
28
5.4/10
18
€ 178.04
€ 178.04
€ 178.04
€ 178.04

Car rental agent statistics in Germany

  • 8.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 5.4/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    THRIFTY
  • 42,375
    Total number of reviews in
    Germany
  • 62
    Most Locations in Germany:
    EUROPCAR
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 17
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Germany

ItemPercent
January€ 46
February€ 46
March€ 44
April€ 38
May€ 44
June€ 42
July€ 52
August€ 50
September€ 43
October€ 44
November€ 45
December€ 49
ItemPercent
January€ 43
February€ 44
March€ 39
April€ 33
May€ 40
June€ 35
July€ 45
August€ 43
September€ 37
October€ 38
November€ 40
December€ 42
ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 70
March€ 61
April€ 58
May€ 66
June€ 67
July€ 79
August€ 76
September€ 69
October€ 72
November€ 73
December€ 77
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 58
March€ 56
April€ 48
May€ 55
June€ 54
July€ 63
August€ 61
September€ 55
October€ 55
November€ 57
December€ 63
ItemPercent
January€ 72
February€ 66
March€ 69
April€ 68
May€ 73
June€ 75
July€ 89
August€ 83
September€ 68
October€ 72
November€ 78
December€ 80
ItemPercent
January€ 43
February€ 44
March€ 39
April€ 32
May€ 39
June€ 33
July€ 42
August€ 41
September€ 36
October€ 37
November€ 39
December€ 41
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 84
March€ 83
April€ 69
May€ 80
June€ 76
July€ 80
August€ 84
September€ 74
October€ 80
November€ 80
December€ 90
ItemPercent
January€ 92
February€ 92
March€ 54
April€ 52
May€ 58
June€ 75
July€ 92
August€ 82
September€ 80
October€ 82
November€ 87
December€ 95

Select category to see average car hire prices in Germany

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Germany

DieselUnleaded
Jan , 2022

€ 1.64

€ 1.71

Feb , 2022

€ 1.74

€ 1.82

Mar , 2022

€ 2.18

€ 2.07

Apr , 2022

€ 2.03

€ 1.98

May , 2022

€ 2.04

€ 2.09

Jun , 2022

€ 2.00

€ 1.95

Jul , 2022

€ 1.99

€ 1.84

Aug , 2022

€ 1.93

€ 1.73

Sep , 2022

€ 2.16

€ 1.99

Oct , 2022

€ 2.02

€ 1.88

Nov , 2022

€ 2.08

€ 1.92

Dec , 2022

€ 1.84

€ 1.74

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Dec , 2022 1.84 1.74
Nov , 2022 2.08 1.92
Oct , 2022 2.02 1.88
Sep , 2022 2.16 1.99
Aug , 2022 1.93 1.73
Jul , 2022 1.99 1.84
Jun , 2022 2.00 1.95
May , 2022 2.04 2.09
Apr , 2022 2.03 1.98
Mar , 2022 2.18 2.07
Feb , 2022 1.74 1.82
Jan , 2022 1.64 1.71

Car rental price statistics in Germany

  • € 165.97
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 3595.13
    Highest daily price:
    Ford Tourneo
  • 7,989
    Total cars available
     
  • 366
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Golf
  • 296
    Location with most cars:
    Stuttgart - Airport
  • € 23.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - St. Augustin

FAQs about car hire in Germany

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

Car hire in Germany starts from just €23.70 per day for a (mini) class car from Budget. The average price to hire a car in Germany is just €70.10 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Germany is a Ford Tourneo car for a (standard) class from Hertz costing €3595.10 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Germany?

We often have special offers on car hire in Germany including free additional drivers, for example, Buchbinder is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Neunburg Vorm Wald for €24.14 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Germany?

Car hire prices in Germany are kept low thanks to the 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 149 car hire locations and 50,499 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Germany.

Who is the best car hire company in Germany?

Based on over 42,375 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Germany Is Europcar who score on average 7.4/10 across all locations in Germany.

What is the most popular car hire location in Germany?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Germany is Stuttgart - Airport with 9 car hire companies and 296 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Germany?

Current fuel prices in Germany are €1.735/ltr for petrol and €1.84/ltr for diesel as of 5 December 2022, it’ll cost on average €69 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €74 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Germany?

Speed limits in Germany are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 100 km/h on rural roads and 130 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Germany?

Budget is the cheapest car hire company in Germany offering a (mini) class car such as the Kia Picanto for as little as €165.90 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Germany?

The most popular car hire category in Germany is the Volkswagen Polo available from 4 car hire companies in over 127 locations.

All locations to collect and return a rental car in Germany

 
  • Berlin Tegel Airport
  • Bonn
  • Brandenburg Airport
  • Bremen
  • Bremen Airport
  • Cologne
  • Dortmund
  • Dortmund Airport
  • Dresden
  • Dresden Airport
  • Dusseldorf
  • Dusseldorf Airport
  • Dusseldorf Weeze Airport
  • Essen
  • Frankfurt
  • Frankfurt Airport
  • Friedrichshafen Airport
  • Hahn Airport
  • Hamburg
  • Hamburg Airport
  • Hannover
  • Leipzig Airport
  • Memmingen
  • Memmingen Airport
  • Munich
  • Munich Train Station
  • Munich Airport
  • Stuttgart
  • Stuttgart Airport

Useful links if renting a car in Germany

  • Automatic Car Hire Germany
  • 7&9 Seater Hire Germany
  • One-Way Car Hire Germany

Other Car Hire Locations in Germany

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Car Hire Berlin
€13.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €13.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.3 per day
Mini 3 4 1 from €13.5 per day
Car Hire Cologne
€13.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €13.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.3 per day
Mini 3 4 1 from €13.5 per day
Car Hire Hamburg
€18.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €18.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €23.8 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €21.3 per day
Car Hire Munich
€13.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €13.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.3 per day
Mini 3 4 1 from €13.5 per day