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    Car hire in Munich – The Bavarian Jewel

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    As a world famous car rental broker, Auto Europe takes pride in providing you with a superb car hire experience that will make your holiday unforgettable. Over the years the company has grown from humble beginnings to being able to provide over 24,000 car rental pick-up locations worldwide. When you book your car hire in Munich with Auto Europe, you will not only benefit from a wide selection of vehicles and competitive rates, but also fantastic customer service. Our experienced car rental agents will be glad to assist you before, during and after your car hire reservation. You can call them every day under the number +44 123 3225 114.

    The city of Munich is often recalled for for its fantastic beer and Oktoberfest, but there is much more to the third largest city in Germany. It is a rich city, no just in terms of its wealth and industrious industry, but also in terms of its nature and greenery, including plenty of parks and the Alpine river Isar, and it also boasts a very high living quality. The yearly beer festival Oktoberfest is not to be missed, but it is recommended to pay a visit in other not so busy and crowded periods to enjoy the city in a more relaxed way. In spring and early summer you will be able to stroll around the charming downtown and sit at a beergarden or stroll through a park. Before Christmas, Munich also turns into a magical city with Christmas markets scattered all around. For families there is a wide array of child-friendly places such as the huge science museum called Deutsches Museum, BMW World and Museum, or the Hellabrunn Zoo. When you rent a car in Munich will also be able to reach many fun theme parks, such as Legoland, just an hour drive on the way to Augsburg.

    Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, the southernmost state in Germany bordering with Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. This region is marked by the distinctive Alpine scenery, quiet picturesque villages, and strong longstanding traditions. The regions is a winter sport paradise but also attract hikers and other nature loving visitors throughout the year with its breath-taking vistas over the mountains, wonderful forests and stunning lakes.

    A car rental in Munich is for sure the best way to reach attractions throughout Munich and the state of Bavaria, but also to visit neighbouring cities. Just one hour drive away you have the small but charming cities of Landsberg am Lech and Landshut. Lake Constance with the city of Lindau is a two-hours-drive away and will take you close to the Swizz borders. If you want to attend one of the most famous Christmas markets in December, you can drive 2,5 hours to Nuremberg. A tour you should not miss is the one exploring Bavarian royal castles, the most famous being Neuschwanstein. Austria and the city of, Salzburg, birthplace to Mozart, is also just one hour and half away.

    Munich lies in south east Germany, but thanks to the efficient and free German motorways or Autobahn, it is possible to reach destinations such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg in a day or two depending on how long a drive you want to undertake. In two and a half hours you can reach Stuttgart, in three and a half hours Heidelberg and in five hours Cologne. Hamburg and Berlin require a few more hours spent in the car, and for these types of trips a one-way car hire might be the perfect solution. A one-way trip is a car hire reservation with drop-off in a different city to the pick-up. To better plan your stay or for some extra inspiration for your trip, please have a look at our itinerary page with a lot of interesting road trips across Germany.

    To find out more about what our previous customers have thought during their visit to Munich and elsewhere in Germany, consult our Munich car hire reviews and Germany car hire reviews pages.

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Munich

    In Munich Auto Europe works with international as well as local suppliers such as Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise, Global and Buchbinder, and therefore you will have a number of pick-up points to choose from. Of course you can fly and drive directly from Munich airport, located 30 min outside of downtown Munich, or if you need a car directly in the city centre, there are pick-up points at the central train station, at Karlsplatz (also known as Stachus), close to BMW World and more, all conveniently located throughout the city.

    To get a clear overview of all the pick-up locations for your car hire in Munich, select “All locations” in the booking engine and browse the pick up points on the map. If you are interested in a specific supplier, just click on the logo and you will instantly see their locations only. The two following sections will be focused on airport and train station pick-ups.

    Munich Airports

    The second busiest airport in Germany, Munich International Airport, can be found close to the city of Freising, about 18 miles north-east of Munich. Flight connections are available to major airports in Europe, as well as intercontinental destinations. Munich Airport is also an important hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance. Car rental desks are conveniently located in the car rental center located at Terminalstraße Mitte - Munich Airport Center, which can be found between the two terminal buildings, closely to the S-bahn entrance. Car hire returns are handled opposite of parking area P26 and north of the parking house P9.

    Ryan Air and other low cost suppliers are connected via Memmingen Airport, which is a one and a half hour drive south-west of Munich. This airport, also known as Allgäu Airport after the region in which it presides, is very convenient if you plan to visit Lake of Constance or spend some time in the mountains, for example in winter. The car rental desk can be found inside the terminal building.

    Munich International Airport (MUC)
    Address: Nordallee 25, 85356 München
    Telephone: +49 89 975 00

    Memmingen Airport (FMM)
    Address: Am Flughafen 42, 87766 Memmingerberg
    Telephone: +49 8331 9842000

    Munich Central Train station

    For people on business or tourists arriving in the heart of the city by train, a car hire at Munich Central Train Station known as Hauptbahnhof is a very comfortable way to start the stay. Some car rental desks are located directly in the railway building and some in the nearby streets. Just check the exact pick-up location on your voucher. The central station is just a ten minute walk to the central square known as Marienplatz and is not only one of the busiest stations in Germany, but even in Europe. It is also a central connection point for the S-Bahn, underground, tram and bus lines serving the whole city.

    Hauptbahnhof is a very large building where you can find cafes, restaurants, gifts shops, flower shop and also supermarkets. Some of the shops here are open longer in the evening.

    Munich Hauptbahnhof Station
    Website: Munich Hauptbahnhof Train Station
    Address: Bayerstraße 10A, Munich, Germany 80335
    Telephone: +49 (0) 180 6996633

    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Munich

    Auto Europe has longstanding relationships with global car hire supplier such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz, as well as national and local brands such as Global and Buchbinder if you are looking to rent a car in Munich. Our wide choice of suppliers does not only enable us to offer you as a client a variety of pick-up points in the Bavarian capital, but also a great assortment of available car hire categories to choose from at an affordable price point. If you are looking for cheap car hire deals in Munich but also want a top quality service when you plan on hiring a vehicle, our website will give you the best offers.

    If you click on the supplier logos below you will get specific information on each company. If you are interested in other suppliers or feel the need to talk to someone to get tips on renting a car, clear any doubts or even book over the phone, do not hesitate to call our reservations department.

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Munich

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    Hiring a car in Munich or anywhere in the world and having a smooth experience requires knowing some small, though important details in advance. Choosing the right offer, deciding on the right coverage option and bringing all the necessary papers with you is of crucial importance. We prepared for you a FAQs section where we summarised all the relevant information about renting a car and we also added a travel section dedicated to Germany and of course more in detail to Munich.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Munich?

    Yes, and not only to pay for your car rental in Munich on the Auto Europe’s website, but also for the pick-up. The credit cards do not need to be the same, but what is really important it that the person named as main driver on the car rental voucher has a credit card in their name upon pick-up, so that the safety deposit can be blocked.

    Debit cards and cash deposits are not accepted for the security deposit. Knowing these little details can save a lot of time and stress, therefore we suggest you to read our specific FAQs page on credit cards and deposits or call our car rentals specialists.


    What insurance do I need for my car rental in Munich?

    Knowing how you car hire is covered when renting a car, is always useful. Here you will get a very clear picture on how car hire coverage in this field works. If you are booking a car rental in Munich with Auto Europe it always includes the compulsory insurance for Germany, that is the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), third-party liability and theft protection (TP). Drivers are responsible in case of damage or theft but only up to a certain amount called excess.

    Our basic rates usually come with full responsibility for the excess, whereas more expensive coverage packages comes with an excess reduction. Auto Europe offers a less expensive refundable excess formula called Full Protection Package. In this case clients are responsible for the excess in case of an accident or theft but can have it refunded by Auto Europe. It covers elements not normally covered by the CDW such as car interior, lights, undercover, etc. You will find the insurance details in the booking engine under "Rate Details".

    As for Zero Excess packages, these are available at select locations and suppliers and still entail a small safety block on the credit card to cover possible extra expenses as for example fuel. Please read very carefully what is covered in the terms and conditions.

    As a general rule always check the vehicle upon pick-up to be sure that the damages marked on the contract are correct and repeat the procedure upon drop-off. This can avoid time-consuming misunderstandings.

    All potential car rental drivers need to be insured and for young drivers this usually means that an extra surcharge applies. Regulations and extra fees can vary depending on the country, region or the supplier and you will find all the relevant info under “Rate Details” in our booking engine. Some packages include one or more free additional drivers. The young driver fees can apply to drivers younger than 26. Please specify the correct age on the booking engine and check that you have held your driving licence for more than a year.


    How is the traffic in Munich?

    Munich is a metropolis and traffic can get heavy especially in the morning and early evening when people go to work and school. There are also a lot of commuters arriving from the outskirts, therefore if possible try to plan your movements through the city centre accordingly. If you need to reach the city centre during the peak hours you can park your car close to a train or underground station and then use public transport.


    Where can I park my car hire in Munich?

    Munich is a big city and parking can sometimes be challenging, especially in the center. There are, however, quite a lot of multi storey car parks or garages, which you can make use of easily. Some of the most conveniently located parking locations in central Munich include parking at or close to Munich Central Station, Stachus, Marienplatz and Gaststeig. Park and ride stations are also offered by the MVV, which runs public transportation in Munich, allowing you to leave your car rental at a train station and utilise public transportation to see the sights in the very centre of the city.

    If you find a parking spot on the street you will need to read the road signs to understand if there is a fee or not. For the payment there are parking metres where you can buy a ticket. In Germany time limited parking areas are also quite frequent. In this case you will need to use a parking disc and mark your arrival time. On Sundays parking is free of charge.


    Do I need an emissions sticker for my car hire in Munich?

    In larger German cities such as Munich cars circulating need “Umweltplaketten”, that is an emissions sticker of different colours depending on the emission level of each vehicle. If a vehicles emissions is too high it can be banned into certain parts of the city to reduce air pollution. Each city has its own “Umweltzone”, that is the area with emission restriction, so it is better to check the regulations beforehand. Since 2012 only cars with a green sticker may drive within the Mittlerer Ring area, which is a street belt encompassing all the central part of the city and its closer surroundings in Munich. Upon pick-up check if the vehicle has the green emission sticker and if not make sure you get a vehicle that has one.


    Do I need extra equipment for my car hire in Munich during winter?

    German law requires winter tyres in case of ice, frost, snow and slush on the road. If you book your Munich car rental, especially during the winter months, but sometimes even till Easter, we highly recommend choosing the Free: Winter Tyres or Winter Tyres Included special seasonal packages. Please note that during winter months, and especially during Christmas there could be a shortage of winter equipped vehicles, so think about booking in advance. Having winter tyres does not only exclude any possible fines but ensures your safety.

    Since Munich is so close to the Austrian border, where many of our clients choose to go skiing after picking up a rental in Munich, please note that winter tyres are compulsory in Austria from 1 November to 15 April. Please find more information about winter tyre regulations in Europe here.

    If you plan on driving in winter on mountainous roads please check if snow chains are also required. Snow chains can be used in Germany only on roads with the corresponding sign. Both snow chains and ski racks are on request, so please specify request on the booking form when making your reservation; our car rental specialists will then confirm them if available. The fees will be paid locally to the supplier.


    Can I hire a motorhome in Munich?

    If you would like to leave the hassle of finding the right accommodation behind, we recommend you take a tour of Bavaria and neighbouring Austria in a campervan. Book a motorhome in Munich and see the whole region at your own pace. You will enjoy comfort on four wheels to some of the best prices on the market.

    Munich Travel Guide

    Despite lying south east of Germany, Munich has a very central position in Europe. It is very close to Austria and Switzerland and to the Alps. The Bavarian natural landscape has a lot to offer, in winter and also in the summer months. Following you will find some tour tips that will amaze you as well as some inpirition for what you cannot miss when vising the Bavarian capital.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Munich

    Despite being located to the south-eastern German border, Munich is easily connected to all the major German cities and if you would like to discover some of them by car while cruising down the German Autobahn we suggest the following motorway road trip. Besides that, plenty of interesting day trips are waiting for you and below are our 6 top tips !

    Castle Neuschwanstein

    The castle of Neuschwanstein is a must if you are into fairy tales. It lies two hours south of Munich, close to the border to Austria. The location itself is idyllic, surrounded by woods, mountains and lakes. King Ludwig II had it built as a retreat from public life. He was a very shy person and was found dead in the Lake of Starnberg in mysterious circumstances. The interior of the castle reflects Ludwig’s passion for Wagner and features a lot of swan figures, the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau.


    If you like mountains the highest peak in Germany is just an hour drive from Munich. Head in direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (winter sport paradise during the snowy winter months as well as a great hiking spot the rest of the year) and from there take a cable car to reach Zugspitze. The view over Bavaria will be stunning!

    Lake Königssee at National Park Berchtesgaden

    Rent a car in Munich for a day or even two to visit one of most beautiful, deepest and cleanest Alpine lakes in southern Germany. You will be enchanted by its emerald green colour and the awe-inspiring mountains as a backdrop.

    Legoland and Augsburg

    Take the whole family for a day trip to Legoland only an hour and a half by car from Munich on the road to Augsburg. The theme park offers fun activities not only for children, but also for adults! Once you are odne epploring the world of Lego, head to Augsburg for a nice stroll in the city centre and a visit to the Fuggerei, a very old social housing complex.


    Lindau's special character as a small romantic lake town makes it especially attractive for visitors while its interesting location between Austria and Switzerland make it a great starting point for many excursions. Explore the old medieval heart of the city, have a lovely meal on the promenade by Constance Lake, and take a cruise to the flower island of Mainau.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    The picture-perfect village frequently seen on postcards is a charming little place taken straight out of a fairy tale. It is situated on the German Romantic Road which is also worth your time for a memorable road trip. Take some time to absorb the unique atmosphere of the fortified town, its cobbled streets and colourful houses and to visit the main square with plenty of restaurants and cafés for a pleasant afternoon.

    What to do in Munich

    Munich is the best choice and your go-to city if you are in love with history, art, and of course good beer. Wonderful museums will give insights not only into the Bavarian history and tradition, but also into the world of science, transport, painting and culture from around the globe. Some of the museums offer extremely discounted tickets on Sundays which cost only one euro. The city, although quite spread out and with a rapidly increasing number of citizens, has still retained the charm of a small town and even village character, as some would argue. If you visit in summer, expect a laid-back atmosphere best experienced in the biggest park called Englischer Garten; spend a day in the shadow lying on the grass next to the cold stream of the Isar or watch skillful people surf a stream wave (even in winter). Another summer highlight is beer gardens, a typically Bavarian establishment where you can enjoy Bavarian beer and hearty food in the open air. One unusual thing about Munich beer gardens is being able to bring your own food as long as you buy drinks. One thing you should not miss when spending a summer day in Munich is the traditional barbecue on the Isar river. There are specially designated areas where it is allowed to light a BBQ fire and have a chilled get-together until late at night. Besides these traditional sights and activities, we have selected several places and events suitable for family holidays, history tours, or party breaks in Munich.

    • Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt: Marienplatz is Munich’s central square. It is dominated by the huge late Gothic town hall with the famous tower clock called ‘Glockenspiel’. This clock has a large amount of bells and figurines that tell some crucial moments of the city’s history and activates three times a day at 11 a.m., noon and in the summer months also at 5 p.m. To the corner of the square you will find Viktualienmarkt, a grocery market open every day of the week with a beer garden in the middle. Here you will get a real idea of what living in Munich is like, between modernity and tradition.

    • Munich Residence: Munich Residence used to be the royal and government residency for four hundred years spanning over completely different historical and artistic movements such as the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and even neoclassical architectural era. Various rulers, dukes, and kings helped transform a humble castle into a magnificent place with lovely gardens and wonderfully decorated rooms, now proof of the impeccable taste of the Bavarian aristocracy. The Residence consists of a museum, theatre, court church, garden, and a remarkable treasury. It is recommended to buy a two-day ticket so that you can split your visit into two parts. The treasury is a true feast for the eyes and is evidential of the luxury and opulence enjoyed by Bavarian rulers throughout history.

    • Churches: Alter Peter- Asam Church - Holy Spirit Church: At the very heart of the city near Marienplatz, there are several churches and architectural masterpieces well worth a visit. If you are fit enough, climb the 306 narrow winding stairs of Alter Peter for a superb view of Munich. Head towards Viktualienmarkt, a fresh deli market, to the Holy Spirit Church built in the 13th century. Take some time to admire the majestic interior which is the perfect combination of Gothic and neo-Baroque style. Walk less than half a mile along the pedestrian zone to the Asam Church, a true gem and one of the most significant monuments of late Baroque.

    • Hofbräuhaus: The state-run brewery and beer hall is Munich's must-do for all beer lovers and those looking to find out more about Bavarian beer tradition. Besides several types of homemade beer, you can have some hearty food and enjoy the typical brass band music in the unique interior with painted ceilings and old wooden furniture.

    • Ohel Jakob Synagogue: Visit the synagogue, museum and the memorial centre paying tribute to 4,587 Jewish people from Munich killed during World War 2 by the Nazis. The interesting construction resembles the tents described in the Bible used by Israelites during their quest through the desert.

    • Rosengarten: A hidden gem and a rose oasis, this is a little known spot for tourists. Comfortably nestled behind a small fence on the tree-lined river bank, the garden features hundreds of roses and has a mysterious flair with its stone sculptures and lush greenery. As this is a sort of a botanical garden, you will find one special part devoted to poisonous plants together with useful information. Stroll along the Isar, cross over the famous Wittelsbach Bridge and you will reach the secret rose garden in just a few minutes on foot. On the way back to the city, stroll along the river to the north and check out the other historic bridges over the Isar.

    • Allianz Arena: Visit the massive football stadium in northern Munich and learn more about the iconic Bavarian football club Bayern Munich. Tickets for matches are not easy to obtain but if you try early enough and do not mind paying a lot, you may get lucky and see the team play live!

    Useful links

    Beginners Guide to Oktoberfest

    Munich Travel Inspo - Travel on a budget

    Tourist Guide Munich