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The Complete Germany Driving and Rental Guide

Whether for leisure or daily use, driving is very popular in Germany, which is said to feature the most well-established and fast Autobahns. However, not all motorways in Germany have unlimited speed restrictions. You are allowed to drive as fast as the circumstances allows on 50% of the motorways, while for the other half are limited from 80 to 130 km/h, which are enforced.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Germany is on the right side of the road. On Autobahns, one must take the right lane and overtake from the left. 

Speed Limit

There is a speed limit of 50 km/h in rural areas and 100 km/h in built-up areas. Recommended maximum speed on motorways is 130 km/h.

Traffic Signs

German traffic signs can be classified into 4 types: regulatory, warning, information and direction signs. 

Warning Signs 

Warning signs are in red triangle shape with a few exceptions. 

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Regulatory Signs

German regulatory signs mostly feature circular shape with a red border, with some exceptions. 

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Information Signs 

Information signs normally feature a square shape as well as blue background, with some other exceptions. 

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Direction Signs 

German direction signs mostly feature a blue or yellow background and markings with location signs, route number information and distance. 

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Take a further step to read more useful information regarding Germany traffic signs here.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

The driver and all passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts if the car is underway. Failing to do so will incur an on-the-spot fine of €30.

Booster Seat Laws

Children over 150cm tall can sit in the front of the car. Younger ones will require appropriate restraints in the rear. Note that a baby must be seated in a baby seat facing backwards in the front passenger seat, and the front airbag must be disabled. If the child seat is not set properly, a fine of €60 will be imposed.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll


· Permitted Parking

Drivers are allowed to park when a “Parkschein” can be found, and can pay the related parking fee to a parking machine. Insert coins to pay for the amount of time you wish to keep your parking spot. then place your ticket on the car’s dashboard in plain sight.

Germany Parking Machine Sign(Image from hiveminer.com)

· Permitted Parking

In Germany, you are considered "parked" if you leave your vehicle or if you stop/stand for longer than 3 minutes, unless you are actively boarding or discharging passengers or loading/unloading cargo. 

You may not park in the following spots: 

- Within 5 metres on either side of an intersection

- In front of driveway entrances or exits, or on the opposite side of the street

- If the roadway is too narrow to allow vehicles to enter or exit the driveway

- If parking will obstruct the use of marked parking places

- Within 15 metres on either side of a bus or streetcar stop marked with a green H-sign with yellow background


- Within 50 metres on either side of a white X-sign with red poles when outside of urban areas or within 5 metres when inside an urban area


- On a priority road outside of urban areas

- In front of a curb-cut or wheelchair ramp

- Adjacent to a traffic island or median

- On the street side of another parked vehicle ("double parked")

- On a marked bike lane - Anywhere there is a “No Parking” sign on the same side of the street


Parking in forbidden areas will result in a parking fine that generally ranges from €5 to €25.

Fuel Prices

The average value for Germany gasoline price is €1.39 in January 2018 while diesel is €1.16.


Unlike trucks, passenger car can drive the Autobahn without toll fee. 

However, cross a border into neighbouring countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic will require purchasing a vignette that should be stuck on the car’s windshield. Make sure you let the car hire company know if you are planning to drive your vehicle outside Germany, and double-check at the counter whether the rented vehicle features the relevant vignette.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Drivers with more than 2 years' experience are charged with a fine if found driving with 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) or with 0.03% in conjunction with any other traffic offences or accidents.

Traffic Fines

There are traffic signs indicating a speed limit at many street sections. Drivers who are speeding in Germany may be caught by a speed trap and the fine ranges from €15 to €680 in town and €10 to €600 outside towns.

Germany Speed Trap(Image from ksta.de)

Travellers renting a car in Germany may receive billing details from their credit cards indicating that a certain amount has been debited, mainly because they have been found guilty of speed driving or prohibited parking. You can always contact QEEQ' 24/7 customer service team for clarifications on such cases.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Foreigners on short-term visit may rent a car and drive with a valid foreign driving licence for up to 6 months in Germany. All licences issued by the European Union are accepted. To drive in Germany, the driver must present a valid national driving licence that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to different car hire companies). 

You must be at least 18 years old to hire a car in Germany, and age may vary by car category. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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August 9, 2022

Destination: Munich

9Great experience. Will definitely book again if I find a great deal as usual.

They tried to sell me their full protection after refusing two cars with dents and scratches. One should be more careful when collecting the vehicle and should do a full check-up before getting in trouble when returning the vehicle. When staff would try to warn you if you do not take their full protection insurance while the other staff would try to blame you on scratches you did not make when returning the vehicle. Just be cautious and smart when dealing with both kinds of staff.

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pablo garcia toledo

August 8, 2022

Destination: Baden-Baden

8.7Very Good

El depósito del coche no estaba del todo lleno cuando lo recogimos

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July 31, 2022

Destination: Berlin

9.35++ stars.

The car was larger than expected/ordered. 7 places for 3 people. The downside is a little more fuel consumption, but still pretty OK.

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July 22, 2022

Destination: Munich

9.7Great car with full comfort features

Picked up the latest model VW Golf, with full comfort features like Bluetooth, Airplay. However, encountered a Tyre air leak since pickup, which was covered by Europcar. Added some inconvenience to our trip, but it was fixed nonetheless

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July 17, 2022

Destination: Baden-Baden

10Excellente compagnie qeeq

Magnifique service compétence convivialité.

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July 16, 2022

Destination: Munich


The ease of the pickup could not have been smoother

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May 19, 2022

Destination: Frankfurt

9.7Good car, good service

The car was larger than expected. The car had a minor fault for 2-3 minutes in the automatic transmission, before it corrected itself - a little bit worrying. We reported it to Europcar and they will investigate.

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May 10, 2022

Destination: Munich

10100% eficiente

El carro superó mis expectativas

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May 10, 2022

Destination: Berlin

9.3Good Experience

Budget charged me in USD instead of Euros.

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April 21, 2022

Destination: Frankfurt

8 the car is very luxury for ccar.. ( golf diesel DS AUTO with seat heated)

global is sold to europcar. so that you must to go terminal 1 to pickup.. its so far from t2.

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April 20, 2022

Destination: Cologne

5Tomadura de pelo.

Budget me dió un coche de inferior categoria y cambio automático.

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April 6, 2022

Destination: Frankfurt

10Excellent services

Nice staff. They offer my very good upgrade for affordable price. Car was clean and as expected Overall great customer experiance

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February 27, 2022

Destination: Munich

8.3great german car

I am still waiting for my updated receipt, having had to take it for an extra day.

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February 25, 2022

Destination: Duesseldorf

22 hours delayed due to a flight… no car, paid 100%, thumbs down ?

Due to a delayed flight the rental office was closed. I never even got a car from them… all I got was to pay the full price for the rental as it was a “no show’ I could understand if they charged me 20 eur or so, but 100%!! That’s not ok.

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January 18, 2022

Destination: Mannheim



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December 1, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt


Counter staff was helpful but I would suggest if they can print bills and receipts in English rather than in german for tourists. Also if they can provide courtesy car service for pickup and drop off would be amazing.

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JD Lowen

December 1, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

9.3Confusing but not bad at all. Great customer service makes up for the chaos.

This company is a joint with Europa Car. They are located on the second floor of the mall. They location can be hard to find, so look for the EuropaCar local.

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November 29, 2021

Destination: Berlin

9.7Great experience in a small runabout

We upgraded to a Corsa automatic at a very reasonable price.

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November 29, 2021

Destination: Memmingen


Mejor coche que el reservado VW polo a VW golf. El coche es demasiado moderno, tiene muchas asistencias a la conducción que no me explicaron.

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November 21, 2021

Destination: Munich

10Great experience from start to finish

Friendly staff with great recommendations and spoke English which was helpful.

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November 16, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

8.7Overalll good experience and a quality vehicle. Dissapointed that requested car was not provided.

Car provided for rental was not what I paid for. I specifically requested a Manual transmission Audi A4. I was provided a completely different vehicle with an automatic transmission. I would like a partial refund.

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Mario Dunkel

November 13, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

9Definitely will be back and rent another car

Very easy process, friendly and polite! Definitely recommend this location for car rentals

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November 9, 2021

Destination: Cologne

9Good choice for reasonable price

This experience with Budget was good as always. Very helpful desk staff. Easy pick up process. Good condition of cars.

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November 3, 2021

Destination: Cologne


I had to wait for the 20 minutes so that the employee finishes his private phone call infront of the pickup station. Then the car was SUV Tiguan and I have reserved a sedan Mercedes so didn’t like the options and when asked I was told that this is the only available option

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November 1, 2021

Destination: Cologne


Only problem was (but it's hopefuplly being solved) that they have tried to charge extra day, even if the car was returned 5 hours earlier and not later.

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October 31, 2021

Destination: Duesseldorf

9Almost OK

Pick up process and staff was excellent. But drop off process terrible. there was no enough explanation for exit and to go to the departure counters of the airport. With me other customers also were trying to find the departure elevators and throllies.

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October 29, 2021

Destination: Memmingen

10Very satisfied with service provided.

Fantastic service super professional staff.

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October 28, 2021

Destination: Duesseldorf


excellent service from Europcar

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October 28, 2021

Destination: Krefeld


Staff at Europcar were efficient, courteous and answered all questions I had at the beginning of the rental. It was the most pleasant experience I had in a car rental place for years.

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October 5, 2021

Destination: Memmingen

10Just perfect

Excelent service

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September 30, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

10Extremely Satisfied!

Great experience with Europcar! Had e new car with modern features. Thank you.

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September 28, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

6.4I will not use Europcar Frankfurt again. Europcar in Zuerich would have waved the additional charge

My flight was delayed and because I did not give the flight number upon reservation, Europcar had already rented the car out to someone else. They told me it would be hours before I could get the class I booked again. They made me pay the difference for the next class up. Not happy.

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September 28, 2021

Destination: Baden-Baden


I had to return the vehicle on 25/09-21 by 16:45 and indeed I did, but the counter was already closed and there was no one to get the vehicle so I left the key in the safe. The next day I received an email from Europcar that the vehicle was returned in 26/09-21. I hope everything is fine and Europcar will not charge me for another day. Sincerely. Jacob G.

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September 20, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt

10Excellent experience with EUROPCAR and QEEQ.com

Almost new car with only 3.000 km. No problems at all.

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August 9, 2021

Destination: Landshut

10Best experience wirh Europcar over and over again

Would always rent with Europcat again. Most friendly service in Landshut/Germany and when you call customer service very friendly and knowledgeable too

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August 5, 2021

Destination: Frankfurt


Counter staff was helpful and friendly. Great experience. Car was good

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July 6, 2021

Destination: Munich

10Good and necessary

The car had some technical issues, changed the language during a trip Super flexible as I came a day late and they held the car

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November 4, 2020

Destination: Wuppertal

7.7smooth car rental with good service

easy to find the car and easy to drop off, must enter one at the time so it takes a bit to serve each customer but that is perfectly fine during corona times

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October 13, 2020

Destination: Kempten


kempten staff very friendly

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August 21, 2020

Destination: Memmingen

8.3Very Good

The car interior wasn’t clean enough. Everything other was perfect. The lady at the desk was extremely kind! Thank you!

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August 12, 2020

Destination: Wuppertal

9.3Smooth and clear rental with upgrade!

Everything was clear at the moment of booking and I have even been upgraded to a better, much larger car, which was very exciting! No problems whatsoever at the return.

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August 3, 2020

Destination: Wuppertal

8smooth and fast rental with upgrade

easy to find and was upgraded, smooth service

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July 24, 2020

Destination: Frankfurt

10Very satisfied, Toufik El Kadaoui who was great agent.

I was extremely satisfied with pre-booking and return dealing with Toufik El Kadaoui who was very professional and helpful answering all my questions and helping with the whole rental process (long term rental)

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July 14, 2020

Destination: Bremen


I have booked COMPACT class, and I get Renault Clio (station wagon)!? Not enough space for traveling with pregnant woman and a child behind in a child seat.

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July 7, 2020

Destination: Wuppertal

8Small car for a bit expensive money but needed it for business

Car had some scratches which were not marked, fuel was level to level, altogether everything was fine.

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June 27, 2020

Destination: Cologne


Great experience. Friedly staff, clean and good car.

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June 10, 2020

Destination: Wuppertal

8.7Smooth and easy car rent

I was upgrade and therefore more thank happy. Fuel was level to level which is always tricky cause you end up loading more fuel than originally needed, but okay. Was fine.

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Aidin Abbasi

June 5, 2020

Destination: Bonn

9helps me a lot and I did what I want

The best in Germany, easy to find, easy to pick up, lowest price, best condition

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May 29, 2020

Destination: Stuttgart

10Very good experience

Very good rental company ! They suggested me a lot of upgrade possibilities... but I don't need them for my trip.

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May 21, 2020

Destination: Duesseldorf


very good experience. would recommend to others as well

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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