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Language: German | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 2.0 hrs
There’s nothing like the freedom of getting behind the wheel on holiday, and there is a huge range of options when it comes to cheap car hire in Germany.
Certain parts of the country, particularly alpine areas, can be difficult to reach without your own set of wheels, and a car offers the greatest flexibility to those with lots of luggage and a packed schedule.
Compare car hire in Germany with the cost of multiple train tickets, or even driving your own car across the continent, and you’ll quickly realise just how cost effective car hire can be.
Car rental in Germany can be organised at major airports and larger train stations. The major international companies have bases here, including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Sixt and Europcar.
To find Germany’s cheapest car hire rates, compare and book at least 14 days before you travel and collect your car at the airport. You’ll need to have your passport and driving licence with you when you pick up your vehicle, and, in some cases, your return flight ticket.
Most cars come with manual transmission, though you can get a decent deal on an automatic if you search and compare car-rental rates well in advance.
Even the cheapest car rentals in Germany usually include unlimited mileage, and some companies also offer one-way rentals at no extra cost.
Before you drive away, you should check that you have all the necessary documents and equipment. A warning triangle, first aid kit and parking disc are mandatory, as is a green insurance certificate. Check whether your car requires benzin (petrol) or diesel.
Roads throughout Germany are well maintained and easy to navigate – just remember not to pass anyone on the right on the Autobahn, it’s actually illegal. Major tourist attractions are always signalled on motorway signs, much like in the UK.
One of the main benefits of booking cheap car hire in Germany is having the freedom to explore parts of the country you would otherwise have missed. This is particularly true when it comes to stretches of scenic road that are only accessible by car.
These ‘themed roads’, which are a little like Germany’s version of Route 66, can take you through picturesque Bavarian villages, past castles and to the foothills of the Alps and can only be enjoyed by those sitting in a car or coach.
Find out more about other forms of transport on our getting around Germany page.