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Willkommen to the very best in German Car Hire! In conjunction with the leading German Car Rental suppliers DriveNow is proud to bring together the latest deals on car hire in Germany all on one page making it quick and easy for you to find the best deal.

With one of the world's best road networks and home to the autobahn, the world's first and original freeway system, getting around Germany by car is easy and for visitors this remains the most popular option. There's no shortage of rental pick up points in cities, airports and towns right across Germany. With DriveNow you get to compare the latest pricing and vehicles from Germany's premium rental companies and booking is quick and easy with no need to provide credit card details or pay a deposit. Simply pay for the car and any optional extras you require when you pick up the vehicle.

There are no hidden fees or charges and we only work with brands that you know and trust including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT. Once your booking is made a confirmation email is sent confirming your vehicle and rental rates along with all the other details required for when you pick up your vehicle.

Our most popular German car hire destinations include Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport, Berlin and Hamburg.

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Why use DriveNow to Book your German Rental Car?

  • Price - We Always search for the latest and cheapest available rental rate
  • Simplicity - Quick and Easy
  • Free Service - who likes fees? - Pay No booking, admin or other agency fees
  • Trusted Suppliers - Familiar and Trusted German Car Rental partners
  • No Deposit and No Credit Card details required when booking (with most suppliers)
  • Immediate booking confirmation - locked in rate
  • Drive-away prices include all taxes and levies (excludes young driver surcharge and optional extras)
  • Lowest price guarantee
  • Trust and Experience - DriveNow has been comparing rental pricing since 2003

At DriveNow we pride ourselves in customer service and understand that it's not just about finding the best online deal so our reservations team are just a phone call away to assist and answer any questions you may have.

How do I get the best deal on Car Hire in Germany
The earlier you book the better the deal - it's that easy because ........

The earlier you book the cheaper the rate. Hiring a car is just like buying an airline ticket. If you book during peak periods such as the popular touring summer months, School Holidays, Christmas or Easter, the prices will be higher. As with most destinations the summer months are the peak season to visit Germany and this is reflected in pricing and availability of vehicles. By planning and booking ahead you are able to lock in your rental price and will have the best choice of vehicles. The fact that you pay nothing when making the booking makes this simple, cost free and will save you more than a few Euros.

Common Questions

How old must I be to rent a car in Germany?
The minimum age is 18. However as with car rental in many countries when it comes to younger renters there are often strings attached, Drivers aged 18-24 must purchase Collision  Damage Waiver (Excess Insurance Reduction) and may be subject to a young driver surcharge depending upon the rental provider and the location. Some rental companies also impose an upper age limit of 73. If you fall into either of these two brackets flag this in the comments section when making your booking and we will confirm any charges that you may be up for or restrictions imposed before you pick up the vehicle.

What driving license do I require to rent a car in Germany?
Driver licenses must be full and unrestricted and been held for at least 12 months.

You can hire a car in Germany using your own driving license as long as based on the Latin Alphabet (English, French, Italian, Spanish etc). You may also be also be asked to present your passport. If you driving license is based on a non-Latin based character set you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit. Note that all designated drivers need to have their driving license details recorded when picking the vehicle up.

Driving in Germany
In Germany driving is on the right and all measurements are in metric. Fuel is delivered in litres and petrol stations will accept all major credit cards. Many stations allow you to fill up when they are closed using automatic credit card systems. In the past there have been reports of overseas credit cards not being accepted by automated payment systems, whilst these are few and far between today good advice is to fill up during working hours when stations are open.

Speed limits in Germany
In built-up areas the speed limit is 50kmh whilst rural areas are 100kmh. On the Autobahn network there is no speed limit although there are parts of the autobahn and other highways that have limits of 130kmh imposed. In Construction zones speed limits are enforced and Speed Cameras operate.

German Speeding Fines
The hirer is liable for all speed and traffic infringements incurred during the hiring period. There is minimum tolerance regarding speeding - driving as little as 3kmh above the limit is considered speeding and punishable by a fine. Rental companies will charge your credit card for any infringements received and may include an administration fee - this often occurs after the hiring period.

Car Hire - Automatic or Manual Transmission?
The majority of German Car Rental vehicles are manual transmission.

Car Hire payment
You will be required to pay for your vehicle on pick up using a credit card. Excess Insurance reduction and other options can also be purchased when picking up your vehicle.

Excess Insurance Options
You can take excess insurance (Collision Damage Waiver) reduction options by paying a daily fee to reduce your liability in the event of an accident. Many travel insurance policies will include this and this is often a cheaper option.

Is it compulsory to wear a seatbelt in Germany?
Yes. All passengers in both front and rear seats.

Child Booster and Baby Seats
Any child below the height of 135cm must use an approved child restraint suitable for their weight and height and not sit in the front seat. A child under the age of 3 cannot be transported in a vehicle without a child seat or restraint except in a taxi. Booster and child seats are available for hire from the rental company, please include requests in your initial car rental booking as demand for these is always strong.

General Driving Tips
  • On autobahns you can only over take on the left, the right lanes are for slower vehicles. Overtaking on the right is illegal.
  • Take extra care when overtaking on autobahns as some cars travel at over 200kmh and appear very quickly
  • Don't talk on a mobile phone whilst driving. As with most countries this is illegal in Germany
  • Speed Cameras operate throughout Germany