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    Car hire in Frankfurt - Book and Save

    When you choose to book a car hire from Auto Europe for your German holiday, you are assured the best selection of vehicles at the lowest prices available. Whether you are visiting for pleasure or business, a car rental in Frankfurt affords you the flexibility to explore a city as noteworthy for its futuristic skyline as it is for old-world charm at a pace that suits your interest and itinerary. For your convenience, you may pick-up your car hire in Frankfurt at the airport, railway station, or at multiple locations within the city proper. You may arrange for your car rental online, or telephone us on our toll-free line and speak to one of our award-winning customer service representatives.

    Frankfurt and its region is abundant in exciting places. To make the most of your travels, visit our Romantic Road and German Wine Road trip guides.

    Traffic and Parking

    For the most part, the roads around Frankfurt are well marked and easily navigated. As with any metropolitan area, do your best to avoid rush hours, particularly in inclement weather, as traffic back-ups are to be expected. If you must travel during this time, plan for delays.

    When driving in Germany, there are some rules to remember:

    • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Frankfurt.
    • You may not wear headphones while driving.
    • Only 'hands-free' mobile phone use is permitted while driving.
    • Radar detectors used to detect police radars are not permitted.
    • When driving through tunnels, your headlights must be on low beam.
    • Full beam headlights may not be used in urban areas.
    • Do not tailgate the car ahead of you - Germany has strict laws regarding such behaviour.

    In addition, Germany has very strict drink driving laws, allowing for a blood alcohol level of 0.5 milligrams per millilitre, which is the equivalent of just one beer or glass of wine. The penalty for driving under the influence is severe.

    Frankfurt is connected to several motorways (Autobahn), making daytrips from the city quite accessible to visitors. Many visitors choose to take an outing to Heidelberg, which lies a little more than an hour south on the A5 or A6. Take Exit A656, which directs you into the centre. Less than two hours to the north-west lies the riverside city of Bonn, birthplace of the celebrated composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Bonn is ripe with culture and nostalgia. Just 30 minutes north of Bonn, you will find yourself in the magnificent city of Cologne, a top tourist attraction due to its illustrious Gothic cathedral, Roman heritage, and famed art museums.

    You can find more information in our driving guide for Germany, here.


    As a visitor, there may be instances when you may wish to avoid driving within the city. For instance, on Saturdays, it may be particularly challenging to find parking in the market district of Sachsenhausen. Be aware that, if you choose to park in restricted areas, you will find yourself subject to hefty fines, particularly if your car rental is towed. In addition, many parking areas in and outside the city are reserved for local residents. Those areas are marked by signs indicating a local permit is needed to park during certain hours during the day. If you park in these areas during restricted hours, you may be fined.

    When parking in Frankfurt, consider using a car park (Parkhaus), where hourly and daily rates are reasonable. Some parking areas require a parking disc (Parkscheibe), available from petrol stations, which is placed in your windshield and indicates the time of arrival.

    Geographic Information

    As the largest city in the German state of Hesse, the city of Frankfurt is divided by the Main River, with the city centre being located on the north side of the river. The city itself has roughly 691,000 inhabitants (2012) and is divided into 46 districts. When visiting, the following six districts are worth exploration:

    • Bornheim - a vibrant district filled with trendy cafes and bars.
    • Sachsenhausen - a favorite commercial district for tourists filled with cobbled streets and restaurants serving local fare.
    • Bockenheim - home to Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, this student section offers attractive parks and gardens.
    • Westend - a more subdued and scholarly district that includes many wonderful outdoor cafes and is popular with cyclists.
    • City Centre - the commercial centre of Frankfurt.
    • Old Town - the historical centre Frankfurt.

    With moderately cold winters and seasonably warm summers, Frankfurt is considered to have a temperate climate. Summer lasts from late May to early September with an average daily high temperature of 22 °C. Winter lasts from late November to late February, when the mean monthly temperature can fall as low as 2 °C. Winters can be wet and snow is rare.


    The busiest airport in Germany is the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), which services more than 57 million passengers annually. The Frankfurt International Airport serves as host to all major airlines, with Lufthansa being the main airline in Frankfurt, offering optimal connections.

    Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
    Address: 60547 Frankfurt, Germany
    Telephone: +49 180 6 3724636

    The Frankfurt/Hahn Airport (HHN) is deceptively named, as it lies 75 miles (roughly 2 hours) away from the city centre. This airport services far fewer passengers (3.5 million annually) and mostly low-cost airlines, including Ryanair.

    Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN)
    Address: 55483 Hahn-Flughafen, Germany
    Phone: +49 6543 509200

    Public Transportation

    If you wish to park your car hire in Frankfurt and travel throughout the city, the Rhine-Main system offers multiple modes of public transportation from which to choose. Suburban trains (S-Bahn) run through the city centre, to the airport and stadium, and to residential areas. Underground trains (U-Bahn), trams, and buses are also available to travellers. You may purchase tickets for various lengths of travel (single trip, day pass, three day pass, a week pass, or a monthly pass). For your convenience, you may choose between individual or group tickets. Ticket machines are located at most central stations as well as selected kiosks.

    Frankfurt Central Station is a transportation hub for high speed rail (ICE) offering travellers access to national and international destinations. The central station offers more than 25 platforms in five departure halls to manage more than 350,000 travellers per day.

    Campervan in Frankfurt

    Germany has so much more to offer, and travellers can experience everything with a campervan in Frankfurt. This is the perfect way to create memorable moments and take a road trip through the beautiful German hidden gems. Drivers can feel at home on the road, and benefit from the mobility and freedom that only a motorhome can offer.

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