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    Driving Information Germany

    Driving Licence Requirements

    Anyone hiring a car in Germany must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car hire category) and have held their license for 1-3 years depending on the car hire category reserved.

    Age Restrictions

    Germany's age restriction is that drivers aged 21-22 must purchase Collison Damage Wavier (CDW). Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Driving Distances

    • Berlin to Hannover - 286kms (2hours/50mins)

    • Dusseldorf to Frankfurt - 228kms (2hours/15mins)

    • Hamburg to Paderborn - 287kms (2hours/45mins)

    • Frankfurt - Nuremberg - 228kms (2hours/15mins)

    • Munich to Stuttgart - 220kms (2hours/20mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General Germany driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

    • Driving in Germany is done on the right-hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Germany.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

    • Lights must be used when travelling in tunnels.

    • Petrol stations in Germany are open from 8am to8 pm with some stations in major cities and on the autobahn open 24 hours.


    You will find that when you are enjoying your drive through and around Munich, as well as in other great places across Germany, you will not come across any toll highways.

    Parking Information

    Parking in Germany is allowed only on the right side of the road except on one-way streets where both sides are valid. Parking spaces with meters are usually free of charge at night.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and free of charge. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed. If you plan to drive with a Germany car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

    When driving in Germany, it is important to look through some of these rules and regulations about traffic regulations in Frankfurt and other places, to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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