Germany was the first country in the world to develop a national system of superhighways, and for many years Germany's Autobahn system was a model for other nations. After unification, Autobahns in the eastern part of the country were significantly upgraded. Today Germany has nearly 6,000mi/9660km of Autobahns and an extremely well developed network of lesser highways. This makes driving a rental car in Germany exceptionally easy and pleasant, and the German network is interconnected with networks in neighboring countries. Germany is about 500mi/805km long (from north to south) and 400mi/644km wide in its longest dimensions.
To rent a car in Germany you must be at least 18 years old (car rental age requirements may vary by rental category) and have held your license for 1-3 years depending on the rental car category reserved. Drivers age 18-22 must purchase CDW. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Child safety seats are mandatory for children up to age 12. Seatbelts are mandatory.
Speed limits in Germany are as follows: City 31mph/50kph, Open Roads 62mph/100kph and on the highways 81mph/130kph is recommended but most autobahns have no speed limit. It is particularly important to obey the speed limits when piloting your rental car through the city of Munich, downtown Berlin or along Frankfurt's roadways as there is typically congestion in and around these large urban centers.
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right and streetcars do not have the right of way. They should be passed on the right on a two way street and on either side on a one-way street. Avoid the far left lane on the autobahn as speeds can often exceed 100mph/161kph.
Most gas stations are open from 8am to 8pm. There are stations open 24 hours in some major cities and on the autobahn.
There are no toll highways in Germany.
Parking is allowed only on the right side of the road except on one-way streets where both sides are valid. Parking spaces with meters are usually free of charge at night.
Car rental insurance in Germany varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Germany.
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers US$6,480,000 in case of injury or death to people outside of the rental car and unlimited coverage for property damage outside the rental car. Fire insurance is also included in the rate.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$30 ? US$42 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$9 - US$14 per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$425 - US$1,500. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$5 - US$9 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Auto Europe has special rental programs for driving into Eastern Europe. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.
Cars and vans rented in Germany are allowed into the following countries when arrangements are made in advance with Auto Europe: Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Herzegovina, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia.
Please advise us to which countries you plan to travel.
Luxury cars are not allowed into Italy.
NOTE: For an additional fee, travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice.
Domestic one-way car rentals are generally allowed and available with most suppliers. Some domestic one ways do incur a fee. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.