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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in Germany > Germany Driving Information

Car Rental Germany: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Whether you’re going to the World Cup or to simply check out the thousands of historic sights a cheap car rental from Kemwel in German is the way to go! Germany has thousands of miles of well connected roadways making it easy and convenient to tour this incredible country by cheap rental car. Before you travel try to find out as much as possible about the country you are planning to visit. Below we have compiled a list of important information pertaining to driving and renting a vehicle while in Germany.

Requirements
The minimum age to rent a car in Germany is 18 years. Drivers ages 18-24 must purchase CDW and Theft insurance and may be subject to a young driver surcharge of approx $12-$17 USD per day. An international drivers license is highly recommended and most rental suppliers require you to have held your drivers license 1-3 years depending on car category. All vehicle occupants must wear a seatbelt at all times. Cell phones are prohibited when operating a vehicle unless using a hand free device and headlights must be on at all times. Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited Germany; if you are caught with a blood alcohol level .05 % or more you can be fined and possibly banned from driving in Germany all together.

Child Seats
Children under the age of 12 or smaller the 1.5 meters tall are prohibited from traveling in the front seat of a vehicle unless they are in a proper child safety seat. When sitting in the back seat of the vehicle children under 12 years or age or smaller then 1.5 meters must be in an appropriate child seat for their age and weight.

Speed Limits
Speed limits for Germany are as follows: City 50 km/h (31 mph), major roads 100 km/h (62 mph), 2 lane roads and highways 130 km/h (80 mph). Please pay attention to signs in the country you are traveling as speed limits may vary.

Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right side of the street and passing on the right is prohibited. Be careful when traveling on autobahns as traffic in the far left lane often travels at speeds exceeding 161 km/h (100 mph).

Gas and Diesel
Gas stations are generally open from 8am to 8pm with some staying open 24 hours.

Tolls
The only tolls in Germany are for large trucks on Autobahns.

Parking
A sign with a 'P' indicated parking on the street is permitted; check the sign to see if restrictions apply. If you see a sign that says 'nur mit parkschein' meaning you must have a parking pass. Passes can be obtained from ticket machines in the area.

Insurance Information

General Information
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that specific country. When renting a car with Kemwel in Germany your rate will include any mandatory insurance necessary.

All of our rental rates in Germany will include third party liability and fire insurance. In Germany CDW and theft protection are optional and can be added to your rental at anytime prior to the pick up of your rental vehicle. Some car suppliers require drivers the ages of 18-24 to purchase the CDW and Theft in Germany. In the event CDW and Theft are declined in order to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card Kemwel asks for you to contact your credit card company to learn the specifics of your insurance coverage. Insurance details specific to your rental will print in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

At this time we at Kemwel would like for you to take a moment to read about the following insurance guidelines that may apply to car rentals in Germany.

Required Coverage
Third party liability and fire insurance are required and are provided in all of Kemwel’s basic rental rates. Fire insurance provides unlimited coverage in the event of a fire. Third party liability provided coverage to injury to people and property outside of the vehicle, coverage ranges from $515,000 USD up to an unlimited amount depending on rental supplier.

Optional Coverage
For renting taking place in Germany collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are optional and are included in all of Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates at an advance purchase discount. CDW is available locally for approximately $30-$54 USD per day depending on car rental supplier and car category. Theft protection is also available locally for approximately $9-$15 USD per day depending on car category and rental supplier. Many of the suppliers that we work with will still have a deductible that you will still be responsible for that ranges from $475-$1500 USD for CDW and Theft. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that is available locally to help reduce the amount of the deductible, it costs about $12-$19 USD per day reducing the CDW deductible from $95-$400. Personal accident insurance can be purchase locally for about $5-$8 USD per day, which will provide death and disability coverage up to a set monetary amount for the driver and passengers of the rental car. Optional insurance is available with certain suppliers only and prices are subject to change without notice, please feel free to contact Kemwel toll free at 1 877 820 0668 for further details.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Many of the vehicles rented through Kemwel in Germany can travel throughout Western Europe without any restrictions. There are some vehicles; due to insurance regulations that may not be able to travel into certain countries some of the vehicles include luxury vehicles, automatic vehicles and vans. Due to Kemwel’s great relationship with its suppliers has allowed for the creation of a special program that will allow for travel into select Eastern European countries. An additional surcharge may apply for rental vehicles being taken into Eastern Europe and not all vehicles are permitted. When planning your itinerary please take into consideration if it will be possible with the category of car you are planning to rent.

Restricted Countries
Vehicles rented in Germany through Kemwel cannot travel into or through the following countries without prior notification and approval from Kemwel and our suppliers: Africa (Morroco, Tunisia, Algeria etc) Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

NOTE: Travel into most or all of the countries listed above can possibly be arranged with advance notification to Kemwel for specific car categories. Additional surcharges may apply please contact Kemwel for details.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available and are generally free of charge unless advised otherwise. International one ways will incur additional surcharges. Not all vehicles are permitted on one ways (international or domestic).


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Useful Terms

Detour
Umleitun
Diesel
Diesel
Entrance
Eingang
Exit
Ausgang
Forbidden
Verboten
Four Lane Highway
Landstrasse
Gasoline
Benzin
Motor oil
Motor oel
No parking
Parken verboten
One-way
Einbahn
Police
Polizei

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police & Ambulance 110
Fire 112

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Capital Berlin
Currency Euro €
Time Zone CET

Popular Business Hours

Supermarkets 8am-8pm
Shopping Centers 10am-8pm
Stores in Smaller Cities 10am-6:30pm
Banks Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm

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