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Car Rental in Frankfurt: picturesque German Financial Centre
The finance capital of Germany, Frankfurt boasts one of the country’s best skyscraper-filled skylines. It is also a great site for lovers of the theater, museums, opera, and other cultural exhibitions. Despite being one of the most modern cities in Germany, its Old Town is also picturesque and well worth visiting, particularly during the winter-market season. Make the most of your visit by hiring a car and exploring Frankfurt’s beautiful surroundings as well!
Late spring and early autumn are the most beautiful and comfortable times of the year to visit Frankfurt.
The official language of Germany is German, though many Germans are bilingual, and most Germans have had some English language instruction in schools. French, Italian, and Spanish are also widely spoken, and many immigrants from Turkey, Italy, and Poland, and increasingly Arab-speaking countries, retain their native language proficiency.
Frankfurt is located in the Central European Time Zone, UTC+1.
The currency of Germany is the euro, and credit cards are widely accepted at grocery and retail stores. Take advantage of frequent ATMs to have cash on hand for restaurants, bakeries, and butcheries.
Automobile hire is available in over 15 locations throughout Frankfurt, including the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), the Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN), downtown Frankfurt, and the Frankfurt central railway station (Hauptbahnhof).
By far the best day trip from Frankfurt is into the Rhine Valley. Head 70 km south, for example, to Worms to take in its beautiful and renowned 11th-century cathedral. Mannheim just south of Worms is also well worth a visit. For a longer day trip or a weekend getaway, head to the Black Forest, 250 km south of Frankfurt, for a wide variety of rugged to luxurious camping and spa adventures.
As a Schengen country, Germany accepts visitors from many countries around the world visa-free for up to 90 days. Double check entry requirements for your nationality before you depart, as you may be required to apply for a visa in advance of your departure.
Driving in Frankfurt
Though the streets are full during morning and evening rush hours, driving through Frankfurt is a good way to see the city, particularly on your way out into the Hessen countryside. Don’t make the mistake of only visiting the city center during your visit, but book your rental car today to see Frankfurt and its surroundings at their most intimate.
- Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road in Frankfurt, as throughout the rest of continental Europe.
- In residential areas: 30 km/h
- In the city: 50 km/h
- Outside towns and cities: 100 km/h
- Speed on the Autobahn is unlimited unless marked by signs suspended above the road or on the side of the road.
- Speed cameras regulate all of the roads throughout Germany generally and Frankfurt more specifically.
- Traffic will be particularly bad during morning and evening rush hours, so it’s best to start your self-drive day trip after 9 am.
- Parking is crowded and sometimes expensive in downtown Frankfurt, though if you’re willing to pay well and park in parking garages, parking will be available. Particularly if you’re headed to Frankfurt for one of its renowned annual conventions, take advantage of the Park and Ride system to avoid traffic jams and high parking fees.
- Keep as far right as traffic allows while driving on the Autobahn; you are guaranteed to be overtaken regardless of how fast you drive.
- An international driver’s permit is not necessary for driving in Germany.
- There are no toll roads in Germany.
- The minimum driving age is 18, and some rental agencies also allow rental by drivers as young as 18. You are likely to face young-driver surcharges until the age of 25.
Cheap Car Rental in Frankfurt
Automobile hire in Frankfurt typically starts at around $25 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Frankfurt:
- Hyundai I10 or similar (mini class) – $17/day
- Peugeot 208 or similar (economy class) – $18/day
- Citroen C4 Cactus or similar (compact class) – $20/day
- Renault Scenic or similar (intermediate class) – $23/day
- Volkswagen Passat or similar (standard class) – $30/day
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Tips for Renting a Car Inexpensively in Frankfurt
There is almost no seasonal variation in price when renting a car in Frankfurt, and while some great deals are sometimes available for imminent travel at the Frankfurt International Airport, it is well worth your time to shop around for the best price at locations throughout the city. Flizzr Rent a Car near the central railway station, for example, can often beat the prices of Thrifty or Global Rent-a-Car at Frankfurt International Airport. Keddy and Global also have good offerings at their Hahn Airport and downtown locations.
You can also typically save over $5 per day when you extend your rental period to over a week at any of these locations.