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Car hire driving information Germany

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
In Germany you can drive your rental car on almost 9660 km of Autobahn. The roads are very well kept and for a long time the German road system was a role model for other countries. On the Autobahn there is free speed. But remember that during the night and in bad weather conditions there are speed limits. The German road system is well connected with neighboring country roads, which makes it easy to visit a nearby country.

To rent a car in Germany, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1-3 years. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 12 must be seated in a child safety seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Germany are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open Roads: 100 km/h
  • Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Germany you drive on the right side. The far left lane on the Autobahn is for cars travelling the fastest. Avoid this lane if you are not willing to drive more than 160kpm. If a car approaches you from behind and indicates with the headlamp flasher, change the lane and give the car free way. This is a very common way of showing that they want to overtake.

Petrol stations are normally open from 08:00 to 20:00. In bigger cities and on the Autobahn you can find some stations open 24 h.

In Germany there are no toll motorways

Parking is allowed only on the right side of the road except on one-way streets where you can park on both sides. Parking spaces with meters are usually free of charge during the night.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. 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.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Germany) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Germany. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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