Over the course of 60 years, Auto Europe has developed from a small business in North America to an international car hire company offering quality, affordable car rental services at over 20,000 locations in 150 countries. Through our partnerships with leading international and local suppliers, we can provide our clients with a vast and modern fleet at numerous airports, railway stations and downtown locations, so you can always choose the pick up location better suited to your needs. Auto Europe provides Germany car hire services at over 327 cities and towns (including main cities, such as Munich, Frankfurt or Berlin). You can use the form on the left side of the page to check out our great offers if you need a car hire in Germany!
Visit our road trips in Germany page for travel inspiration and learn about the fascinating places in the country.
To hire a car in Germany, drivers must be at least 18 years old and have held their licence for at least two years (age and driver's licence requirements may, however, vary depending on car category and supplier). When picking up the car, it will be necessary to present both parts of the driver's licence. Drivers younger than 25 years may be subject to a young driver's fee. You can always find the information regarding age and driver's licence requirements on the Terms, Conditions & Local Fees.
Should you have any further questions about picking up your car hire in Germany, you can also contact our toll-free number at any time and one of our agents will be happy to provide any necessary additional information.
There are no tolls on German Autobahns.
Germany is part of the eurozone and its currency is the euro, which replaced the Deutschmark on January 1st 1999. You can use your debit card to withdraw money in Germany, but you will be charged a conversion fee by your bank and, in some cases, a transaction fee. These fees also apply when paying for goods with your debit card, as opposed to withdrawing money.
Please note that while some shops and restaurants accept foreign debit cards to pay for goods and services, some do not. Likewise, many places in Germany will not accept credit cards as a form of payment. It is generally best to carry euros with you. While having too much cash on you always carries a risk, withdrawing larger amounts less often will result in fewer bank fees in the long run.
Berlin is on GMT+1, making it one hour ahead of London. Germany changes to Daylight Saving time on the last Sunday of March and back to Standard Time on the last Sunday of October.
Here are some words and sentences that may come in handy!
I want to hire a car - Ich möchte ein Auto mieten
Stop (in a sign) - Halt! / Stop!
One way street - Einbahnstrasse
No parking - Parkverbot
Speed limit - Geschwindigkeitslimite / Höchstgeschwindigkeit
Petrol station - Tankstelle
Petrol - Benzin
Motorway - Autobahn
Driver's Licence - Führerschein
Under construction - Baustellen
Warning triangle - Warndreieck
Where can I exchange money? - Wo kann ich Geld wechseln, bitte?
Exit - Ausfahrt
The voltage in Germany, as is the case in most of Europe, is between 220-240 Volts. The types of plug and sockets used in Germany are the Type C Europlug or the Types E and F Schuko. If you want to use your British appliances in Germany, you will need a power adapter.
British citizens do not need a visa to travel to Germany, only a passport valid for the duration of their stay. Please note that German police officers can ask for identification at any time, so you should always carry your passport with you.
Should you require consular assistance during your stay in Germany, the UK Embassy is located in Berlin, and there are consulates in Munich, Hamburg and Düsseldorf.
British Embassy Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 204 570
British Consulate-General Munich
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 211090
British Consulate-General Düsseldorf
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 94480
British Honorary Consul Hamburg
Neuer Jungfernstieg 20/Fehlandstraße 3
Telephone: +49 (0) 40 44803236
Get even more out of your visit to Germany by hiring a campervan through Auto Europe! The expansive motorway network allows you to traverse this diverse country with ease, from the island of Sylt in the north, through the vast forests and fields, down to the majestic Alps in the south. Pick-up is available in all major cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt.