Leading car rental brands
  • Alamo Rental deals
  • Avis Rental deals
  • Budget Rental deals
  • Sixt Rental deals
  • Hertz Rental deals
  • Europcar Rental deals
  • National Rental deals
  • Enterprise Rental deals
Cheaper Than Cars

Trust

Over 1 million + users
have rated the car
rental companies we use
Trust Logo
9.3 / 10
Trust Pilot Logo

About Germany (DE)


With enchanting landscapes, delicious food and a rich history that meets a dynamic present, Germany has it all. Geographically diverse, this Central European country has approximately 83 million people spread over 357,386 km square kilometers (about 137,988 square miles). An outdoor lover’s dream, it is best discovered by booking a car rental. From the North Sea to the vineyards of the idyllic Middle Rhine Valley, which has gently rolling hills, rivers and castles, there is something for everyone in Germany.

Berlin is known as a high-paced and dynamic city that is a leader of contemporary European culture. Munich is the capital of the stunning Bavaria region, where you can enjoy Oktoberfest every autumn. In Bavaria, don’t miss the fairyland castle of Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Füssen). In the southeast of the country, discover the gorgeous Bavarian Alps (or Bayerische Alpen in Germany), which form a geographical border with Austria and offer a variety of beautiful ski resorts and villages.

  Getting around

For the most part, Germany’s roads are outstanding. Drivers from abroad may fear getting on to the Autobahn, Germany’s notorious highway system which for the most part does not have speed limits (except in some areas or certain cases, such as when there is construction work; in these areas, drive carefully, as you can automatically be issued a speeding ticket). The most important thing to remember about the Autobahn is to avoid the left lane, where you will find the fastest drivers. If there is a sudden slowdown, be sure to turn on your hazard lights to warn the drivers behind you.

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

  Choosing your car

Major Germany car rental providers include Enterprise, Sixt, Europcar and Alamo. You can rent a car in Germany made by one of the internationally recognized local luxury brands, such Mercedes-Benz or BMW. Alternatively, you can hire a cheap car rental option with an economy compact car such as a Volkswagen, which is perfect for solo travelers or couples. For larger groups headed to the mountains to ski, a 7—12 person mini van or people mover can comfortably carry multiple people, as well as their sporting equipment.

  Tips and advice

1

You may run into inclement weather, such as snow and ice, during the winter, especially in the more mountainous areas. Before your trip, be sure to read up on the forecast, and learn about the typical weather for the area you will be traveling to.

2

Inside city centers, keep in mind that you may encounter many one-way streets; to deal with this, there are designated areas where you can make a U-turn.

3

Some city centers have a special zone to reduce emissions (“Umweltzone” in German). If your car hire does not meet the zone’s environmental safety requirements, you will not be able to drive in it.

4

Seatbelts are mandatory, and you are not allowed to talk on the phone while driving your car rental in Germany.

5

Beware of people riding bikes on or near the road, which is especially common in German cities.

6

Note that you are not allowed to turn right on red in Germany.

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

100 kph  | 62.1 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

130 kph  | 80.8 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

EUR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

112
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

Germany Driving Ideas Guide


In a word, Germany is colourful.  What is meant is that there are so many things to see and do and in so many interesting locations that there’s hardly a town where you can’t find something in your German car rental.  Here are three cities certainly worth discovering.

Berlin

Until the end of the Cold war, this city was split in two by a heavily guarded wall that bore the city’s name and all that remains today are graffitied portions for sightseers and is definitely worth an Instagram. With the city’s unification came an abundance of German accommodation making it possible to stay in affordable and some very interesting lodgings.

Near the wall is the Topography of Terror exhibition with free admission and offers an insight into atrocities that occurred during the Nazi period.  Berlin is Germany’s capital city and the government building (Reichstag) is open to the public where it’s possible to go up to the glass dome and get a 360° view of the flat cityscape.

Less than an hour’s drive is Potsdam, 35 km (22 miles), where the ruler Frederick the Great had his palace (Sanssouci) surrounded with amazing gardens and very worthy of many selfies.  Another destination is Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel), 30 km (19 miles) on highway A115 that is truly magical and relaxing for walkers and lovers with a short ferry ride, castles and strutting peacocks.

Cologne

Situated on the Rhine River, follow your nose to the Schokolade, a chocolate museum and factory, but only if you really love this delicacy made from cocoa, which happily includes a mega number of people.  If you need to have one photo of a cathedral on your trip, the Gothic structure in Cologne would certainly rank up there.  Also, riding the cable car across the river makes you truly appreciate just where you are at the moment and requires a digital capture.

Cologne is on the fringe of the famous Mosel wine-producing area. Travel about 38 km (24 miles) along the Rhine River through Bonn, Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace, and in about 1 ¼ hours you’re surrounded by wineries, schlösser and stunning scenery.

Another area southwest of Cologne is Phantasialand in Bruhl, 26 km (16 miles), one of Germany’s largest theme parks that boasts having Europe’s longest theme-based underground ride.

Frankfurt

This German city has photogenic charm with one of its main pleasures being able to sit in the town square, the Römerberg, with a beer and people-watch.  This city is a great starting point for some of the extremely picturesque areas nearby such as Rudesheim, 65 km (40 miles), in a wine making area with its storybook-like buildings and vineyards that roll into the Rhine River with castle ruins perched above.

Driving south to Heidelberg, 88 km (55 miles), brings you to the red sandstone Heidelberg Castle overlooking the town and is accessed via funicular.  Just by walking through the town, particularly the old portion makes it understandable why authors such as Mark Twain were inspired here.  Also of interest is the Student Jail that saw its last offender from Heidelberg University about a century ago, and be sure to get Instagrammed with your face inside the monkey’s head at the entrance to the bridge.  It’s all about doing the things you want to do by using your rental car from Cheaperthancars to get there.

At Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels we believe that the less you spend on our deals, the more you will to spend when you get there.  Enjoy your trip to Germany

Your Cheaperthancars Team   

  

Germany Driving Rules and Tips


Germany has the highest accident rate of any European country because it has more traffic than any other country, as well. Therefore, you need to know the rules of the road to stay safe while driving as a tourist.

Documentation

  • You should always carry the following documents while driving:
  • Driver’s license
  • Proof of insurance, especially when renting a car
  • Recommended to carry an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) from home country
  • Ownership Document

Age Restrictions

The minimum age for a full license in Germany is 18. A person who is 17-years-old may have a license to drive with a parent or adult in the car.

Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations

  • You will drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Use of mobile phones is prohibited
  • Everyone in the car must wear a seatbelt
  • Children under 12-years-old must ride in the backseat
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks
  • Do not follow the vehicle in front too closely
  • Always carry license while driving

Speed Limits and Fines

Unless otherwise stated, following speed limits must be adhered:

130 km/h (81 mph) on the Autobahn

100 km/h (62 mph) on highways

50 km/h (31 mph) in city

Speeding fines start at 15 euros in cities and 10 euros in the country. They increase incrementally depending on how fast you are going above the speed limit and can be as much as 680 euros.

Drunk Driving

Germany has fairly strict laws for drunk driving. You can be in trouble for a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) as low as 0.03g/100ml (if it changes your behavior). Penalties can include not being allowed to drive in Germany, as well as hefty fines. Generally, it is best to not drive at all after drinking.

Parking

In most places, you’ll be able to park on the streets. Do not block driveways or roadways; also, do not park too close to an intersection.  However, you may need a special parking sign (Parkscheibe) to place on your car, available at gas stations. With it, you signal to the police when you left the car. Follow the signs to pay for parking; in some places, you may need to park with two of your wheels off the street.

The sections above will help you drive your best while in Germany. Remember to check for any local regulations in the areas you will be traveling.

KNOW MORE ABOUT US

What We Do

We help New Zealanders travelling here and overseas get the very best deals on car rental hire in New Zealand. And not just New Zealand, but also across the region to Australia, the Pacific and internationally to Europe, Asia, Canada, USA, South America and much more.

Here, you can search and compare the latest cheap rental car hire rates cheaper than what you can pay directly. For top brands you can pay less ! Rates are fully inclusive or as described ! No credit card fees and free cancellations* in many instances. What you see is what you get. When comparing check all the extra’s put on by other operators. We make it easy for you – we just give you the best value with cheap car rental deals including the best brands, and latest car models, with more car rental pick up location depots, than anyone else around the world. So now New Zealanders can choose from over 30,000 pick- up points and depots Worldwide and of course, in New Zealand.

Cheaper Than Cars

Our Advantages

Compare
Brands

Compare 800+ companies

Low Price
Guarantee

Top Brands - Big Savings

Lots of Pickup
Locations

30,000+ Locations Worldwide