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    Car Hire in Cologne - Best Rates with Auto Europe

    One of the most inspiring German cities, Cologne, delights its visitors with numerous historic sights, wonderful Gothic architecture and superb cultural scene. The one and truly landmark of the city is Cologne Cathedral, which dominates the skyline and serves as a favourite meeting point. The historic centre is full of old buildings in various colours, narrow cobble-stoned streets, and quaint shops and is perfect for an afternoon stroll. One of the city's tourist highlights is the world-famous Carnival when streets are filled with cheerful people.

    All in all, the broad spectrum of the tourist offer makes Cologne an attractive destination all year round. It is also an ideal starting point to further journeys, the 600 mile road trip, for example. After Germany's capital Berlin, the northern beauty Hamburg and southern tourism magnet Munich, Cologne is the fourth largest city in the country. Auto Europe is present in all bigger cities in the region and brings you some of the lowest prices for car hire in Cologne. For peace of mind, visit our Cologne car hire reviews page to see the comments posted by previous Auto Europe customers following their recent car rental experience in the city.


    When it comes to mobility, be sure that a car hire in Cologne is the best choice to explore not only the city and the region, but also to travel to neighbouring Belgium or Netherlands. With one of the best European motorway rings and even 10 primary branches of the German motorway network connected to it, the city boasts a modern infrastructure. However, during rush hour it is quite common to have traffic congestion on the busiest roads in the city. Particularly the A3 road is affected with high traffic density levels.

    The whole Cologne Beltway (a complex of all motorways which encircle the city) has a rather high traffic volume. Allow some more time if driving in rush hour. Familiarise yourself with one-way streets and the main streets in the centre before arriving in Cologne. Our guide to driving in Germany may help you with general information valid throughout the country.


    Park your car rental in Cologne in one of the 19 car parks, 12 Park and Ride lots or on the street. The most affordable option is Park and Ride , which is even free at some places provided you show the public transport tickets, while on-street parking is unlimited but chargeable. Car parks in Cologne downtown also offer unlimited parking and rates differ depending on the place and time of the day or week. Sometimes you can find great deals on the weekend or overnight to park your car hire.

    Geographic Information

    Cologne or Köln dates back to the first century when it was a Roman settlement. Thanks to its position on the both banks of the Rhine river, it has always held a crucial place in European trade routes. With such a position, Cologne is prone to frequent river flooding. The city has come up with a state-of-art flood protection system which is in operation year-round.

    As far as the climate goes, Cologne belongs to Germany's warmest but also cloudiest cities. With not too cold winters, mild summers and rainfall evenly distributed throughout all seasons, Cologne is still best to be visited in summer. A special occasion when the city gains a different romantic look is around Christmas where tourists flock to Cologne's Christmas Market, one of Germany's most popular ones.

    Cologne Airport

    The international airport which serves the westernmost part of Germany including the cities of Cologne and Bonn is located around nine miles from both cities.

    Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
    Telephone:+49 2203 404001

    Public Transport

    An elaborate and well connected network of trains, buses and city trams is available to all visitors of Cologne round the clock. Buy a suitable ticket, be it a one-way, a day ticket, a four-journey ticket or a group ticket at one of the numerous ticket machines, info points, some tram stops and buses.

    If you would like to park your car hire in Cologne at one of the car parks in the suburbs, take advantage of the public transport system and make use of the online journey planner to help you find your bearings.

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