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The Complete Germany Driving and Rental Guide

Whether for leisure or daily use, driving is very popular in Germany, which is said to feature the most well-established and fast Autobahns. However, not all motorways in Germany have unlimited speed restrictions. You are allowed to drive as fast as the circumstances allows on 50% of the motorways, while for the other half are limited from 80 to 130 km/h, which are enforced.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Germany is on the right side of the road. On Autobahns, one must take the right lane and overtake from the left. 

Speed Limit

There is a speed limit of 50 km/h in rural areas and 100 km/h in built-up areas. Recommended maximum speed on motorways is 130 km/h.

Traffic Signs

German traffic signs can be classified into 4 types: regulatory, warning, information and direction signs. 


Warning Signs 

Warning signs are in red triangle shape with a few exceptions. 

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Regulatory Signs

German regulatory signs mostly feature circular shape with a red border, with some exceptions. 

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Information Signs 

Information signs normally feature a square shape as well as blue background, with some other exceptions. 

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Direction Signs 

German direction signs mostly feature a blue or yellow background and markings with location signs, route number information and distance. 

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Take a further step to read more useful information regarding Germany traffic signs here.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

The driver and all passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts if the car is underway. Failing to do so will incur an on-the-spot fine of €30.

Booster Seat Laws

Children over 150cm tall can sit in the front of the car. Younger ones will require appropriate restraints in the rear. Note that a baby must be seated in a baby seat facing backwards in the front passenger seat, and the front airbag must be disabled. If the child seat is not set properly, a fine of €60 will be imposed.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Permitted Parking


Drivers are allowed to park when a “Parkschein” can be found, and can pay the related parking fee to a parking machine. Insert coins to pay for the amount of time you wish to keep your parking spot. then place your ticket on the car’s dashboard in plain sight.

Germany Parking Machine Sign(Image from hiveminer.com)


· Permitted Parking


In Germany, you are considered "parked" if you leave your vehicle or if you stop/stand for longer than 3 minutes, unless you are actively boarding or discharging passengers or loading/unloading cargo. 


You may not park in the following spots: 


- Within 5 metres on either side of an intersection


- In front of driveway entrances or exits, or on the opposite side of the street


- If the roadway is too narrow to allow vehicles to enter or exit the driveway


- If parking will obstruct the use of marked parking places


- Within 15 metres on either side of a bus or streetcar stop marked with a green H-sign with yellow background

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- Within 50 metres on either side of a white X-sign with red poles when outside of urban areas or within 5 metres when inside an urban area

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- On a priority road outside of urban areas


- In front of a curb-cut or wheelchair ramp


- Adjacent to a traffic island or median


- On the street side of another parked vehicle ("double parked")


- On a marked bike lane - Anywhere there is a “No Parking” sign on the same side of the street

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Parking in forbidden areas will result in a parking fine that generally ranges from €5 to €25.

Fuel Prices

The average value for Germany gasoline price is €1.39 in January 2018 while diesel is €1.16.

Toll

Unlike trucks, passenger car can drive the Autobahn without toll fee. 


However, cross a border into neighbouring countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic will require purchasing a vignette that should be stuck on the car’s windshield. Make sure you let the car hire company know if you are planning to drive your vehicle outside Germany, and double-check at the counter whether the rented vehicle features the relevant vignette.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Drivers with more than 2 years' experience are charged with a fine if found driving with 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) or with 0.03% in conjunction with any other traffic offences or accidents.

Traffic Fines

There are traffic signs indicating a speed limit at many street sections. Drivers who are speeding in Germany may be caught by a speed trap and the fine ranges from €15 to €680 in town and €10 to €600 outside towns.

Germany Speed Trap(Image from ksta.de)


Travellers renting a car in Germany may receive billing details from their credit cards indicating that a certain amount has been debited, mainly because they have been found guilty of speed driving or prohibited parking. You can always contact EasyRentCars' 24/7 customer service team for clarifications on such cases.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Foreigners on short-term visit may rent a car and drive with a valid foreign driving licence for up to 6 months in Germany. All licences issued by the European Union are accepted. To drive in Germany, the driver must present a valid national driving licence that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to different car hire companies). 


You must be at least 18 years old to hire a car in Germany, and age may vary by car category. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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C.Geyer

December 12, 2019 Destination: Munich

9Great Rental Experience, Broken Car

Alamo rental experience was great Francesca was very friendly and helpful. When the car was found to be malfunctioning, she assisted in coordinating help.

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December 12, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Perfect rent in Munich

Perfect

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December 12, 2019 Destination: Munich

9.7Perfect rent in Munich

Excellent service

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B.Acampa

December 11, 2019 Destination: Munich

7Hertz makes business on reported damages more than rentals itself. Very unfair!! Never anymore.

Terrible company. Staff at the counter extremely unpleasant and not providing the right informations during the contracting process. The detailed condtion of the vehicle have not been sent by email and the paper delivered at the desk was reporting 15 damages only in German. I parked the car in a garage and never on the road and I have been charged for a 1cm (!!) scratch, that I did not cause, on the alloy wheel for 280 Euro. ... cheating on the customers to make money in this way. Horrible commercial behavior. Never anymore Hertz in my life.

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Gary Poon

December 11, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Excellent

Very Very Good Car

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C.Knighton

December 11, 2019 Destination: Hamburg

10Easy. Just as it says on the tin. Would consider using again.

Very good. Not pushy with add-ons. Got just what I’d asked for. Vehicle massive!

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December 10, 2019 Destination: Stuttgart

8Very Good

Same process as every rental company except a problem with the payment card used to pay the 250€ deposit. With enterprise, it's possible to pay the deposit with debit card (until the category "SUV, MEDIUM car. For luxury cars (category F), they need a credit card.

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J.Sasse

December 9, 2019 Destination: Hannover

10Staff at EUROPCAR is really top

The counter staff team is amazing.They are really the best in class

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V.Mikysa

December 8, 2019 Destination: Munich

9.7Excellent

They charged me about an extra $30, even though I prepaid everything through you. Could you please help me to recover that charge? They said everything was ok, so I don’t think there should be an extra charge.

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S.Ulaba

December 5, 2019 Destination: Duesseldorf

10Excellent

Thank you for everything.

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V.zhevlakov

December 4, 2019 Destination: Munich

9.3Good but charged extra money

I returned car with full tank in accordance with the contract. But Global charged Refuel service about 20 EUR. I want to refund this amount !

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F.Teper

December 4, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

7.7Good

I’ve got a voucher of 79,98€ from EasyRentCars, and I’ve change the booking to one day longer. The price of the car was cheaper. But the staff don’t use the voucher amount.

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December 4, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Excellent

Amazing

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December 4, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Excellent

Amazing

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December 4, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

10Excellent

Excellent

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J.Sasse

December 3, 2019 Destination: Hannover

9.3Excellent

Great counter staff.Coming home to really good friends.Thank you!!!

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naser_alrashidi@yaho

December 2, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Thanks for deals about prices of rental car and EasyRentCars car staf and management department for

Thanks for deals about prices of rental car and EasyRentCars car staf and management department for EasyRentCars to get more helpfully to get agood prices ,excellent car rent dellar thanks and more ixciting deals

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m.carti

November 29, 2019 Destination: Stuttgart

10Excellent

Location was 2 min from gate...Christina was very helpfull and cheerful...Car was new and clean.

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V.Chikkannan

November 29, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

10Very good

They gave us a f-PACE .. so it exceeded our expectation

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A.Kendall

November 27, 2019 Destination: Munich

9.7Good car, long wait to collect.

A big queue and a long wait at collection was the only issue. Staff seemed very slow serving each customer. It seems more advanced preparation could be done as all bookings are done in advance, so why so much paperwork is filled in on the day, I have no idea!

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J.Igreja

November 27, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

10Excelent

Excelent. We were at terminal 1 isntead of terminal 2. The staff were very polite and give us a superior car.

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A Davis

November 26, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Excellent

The fastest car rental experience ever, renting out-10 min, return 3 min

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J.Sasse

November 25, 2019 Destination: Hannover

10Very good

Too staff at the airport

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Belarus beard

November 24, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

9.3Excellent

Vehicle and its condition are perfect. Staff could be more customer oriented and friendly.

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H.Mori

November 23, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

6Average

料金が予約時と差異がある

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S.Katsilov

November 19, 2019 Destination: Dortmund

10Excellent

the best

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November 19, 2019 Destination: Berlin

9.7快適なレンタカーです

現地の便利な場所に営業所があり、看板もわかりやすく迷うことがありませんでした。予定変更があり、受取日時が変更になりましたが、迅速に対応いただきました。

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E.Adak

November 18, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

10Excellent

It was a very nice experience, everything was very smooth and fast

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C.Esanu

November 17, 2019 Destination: Memmingen

10No complaints

Nice little red Fiat500

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Fabian

November 16, 2019 Destination: Cologne

7.3Downgrade

Got downgraded because of a fair in Cologne. But without a refund!!! Europcar is only a good choice when it is much cheaper than Sixt. Long waiting time at counter.

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B.Widyono

November 13, 2019 Destination: Duesseldorf

8.3All good!

takes long when drop the car back

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Anonimo

November 13, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

6.3Average

Intentan timarte con los golpes del coche. Recomiendo hacer fotos y mirar todo bien antes

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I.Shehu

November 11, 2019 Destination: Dortmund

10PERFECT

NO

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J.He

November 11, 2019 Destination: Munich

7.7Car was good. But hard to get help when the car was broken down.

The car was good. There were only 2 counter staff when I picked up. So I had to wait about 10-15 in queue. And no one introduce to me about the car. So I took a few minutes to study it. But most disappointing was that when my car was broken down on the road in Austria, I called the Europcar hotline for many times, but no one answered the phone or couldn’t reach for help. I found 1 local people in car repairing workshop to help at last, and he helped me to reach Europcar at last. This gave me bad experience. And it’s better that the Nagivation can find the location by location telephone. For example the hotel telephone.

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C.Roeb

November 10, 2019 Destination: Cologne

10Everything perfect.

Everything perfect.

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November 10, 2019 Destination: Cologne

10Everything perfect.

Everything perfect.

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E.Sert

November 8, 2019 Destination: Stuttgart

10Easy and cheap.

Everything was perfect.

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November 7, 2019 Destination: Berlin

10General good experience, but found hidden cost.

All needed information provided. No quick and easy drop-off.

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R.Vasiliauskas

November 6, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

9.7Excellent

Very good

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John

November 6, 2019 Destination: Hamburg

8.7Very Good

Was given a car in a group below what I had paid for and then offered an UPGRADE to the group I had paid for. I didn't accept the ”upgrade”

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T.Somprasong

November 5, 2019 Destination: Munich

9Grate car in the good price.

I got a Mazda 6, the performance is grate but the car already have some scratches on it. I like the auto speed control, that help me don’t wary about speed limit.

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November 5, 2019 Destination: Stuttgart

10Rapide, pas cher et efficace.

Le bureau est un peu éloigné du centre ville mais le prix était très compétitif pour ce type de véhicule et cette période. (64€ pour 4 jours contre 130€ pour 4 jours en centre ville). Le guichet est facilement trouvable et la récupération s'est fait simplement.

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M.Ali Alamir Ali

November 3, 2019 Destination: Frankfurt

10Very smooth

The booking process and the car was simply amazing

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Ahmed hassouna

October 28, 2019 Destination: Munich

10Excellent

Always Europe car easy to deal with customers and smooth

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J.Sasse

October 28, 2019 Destination: Hannover

9.7Excellent

Very kind and friendly staff at the airport

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B.Booth

October 28, 2019 Destination: Cologne

9Very good!

We were supplied a fiesta instead of a Leon, and the car was in amazing condition and had great specs and optional extras added such as sat nav, CarPlay and parking sensors, aswell as heated sets and heated steering wheel. very pleasant experience Throughout

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T.Guder

October 22, 2019 Destination: Berlin

9.3Interrent coundn't find their car they wanted to rent out.

When picking up the car, the vehicle couldn't be located in the rental company's parking lot. After about 20 minutes of unsuccessful searching, the rental agreement documents were issued again, this time for a different car. Very time-consuming and no apology from the car hire staff.

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J.Lages

October 18, 2019 Destination: Memmingen

10Excelente!

Processo fácil e fluido, com todos os detalhes bem explicados. Repetiria.

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A.alzaabi

October 19, 2019 Destination: Duesseldorf

10Everything was in the expectation

The best agent in Europe

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J.Sasse

November 6, 2019 Destination: Hannover

9Excellent

Counter staff is really brilliant.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on EasyRentCars.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

EasyRentCars will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on EasyRentCars, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on EasyRentCars.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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