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Car Rental in Munich: a beautiful drive to the Alps
Munich is a delightful city that has something for everyone. The city pairs huge parks and architectural achievements with corner pubs and shops squeezed into any available space. There’s plenty to see, eat, and drink at almost every corner, and the Alps are just a short drive away. While you could easily spend a year trying to discover every unique aspect of Munich, your visit will not be complete until you head south into Germany’s alpine foothills. Make the most of your visit by booking your rental car today!
There’s plenty to do in and around the city at any time of the year, though the most comfortable time to visit is likely March to May. Spring is arriving and the summer and fall crowds have gone. But obviously, if you’re headed to Munich for Oktoberfest, you’ll want to arrive in October. If this is the case, book at least 6 months in advance!
The official language of Germany is German, though most Germans have learnt some English language in school. Munich’s residents are typically multilingual; head into villages around the city to hear the classic Bavarian dialects.
Munich 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 butcher’s shops.
Car hire is available in 50 locations throughout Munich, including the Franz Josef Strauß International Airport (also known as the Munich International Airport, MUC), the East (München Ost) and Central railway stations (Hauptbahnhof), and downtown.
As a signing member of the Schengen Agreement, 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 Munich
While Munich is fairly navigable by car, the downtown area is much easier to travel by foot or U-Bahn. You will certainly want to leave the city to explore Munich’s beautiful countryside while you’re in the area, however, and the best way to do this is with a rental car.
- Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road throughout 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 or posted alongside the road.
- Speed cameras regulate all of the roads throughout Germany.
- Avoid morning and evening rush hour traffic by staying off the road between 7 and 9 am and 4 and 6:30 pm.
- Street parking in central Munich is a challenge to find and though plentiful, parking in garages is expensive (expect to pay around $3 an hour or $20 a day). If you can’t find a hotel that offers complementary off-street parking, you could also park in Munich’s more remote neighborhoods and commute in via U-Bahn, but be sure to pay attention to time limits and residential zones!
- 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 this young. You are likely to face young-driver surcharges until the age of 25.
Cheap Car Rental in Munich
Car hire in Munich typically starts at around $22 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Munich:
- Chevrolet Spark or similar (mini class) – $25/day
- Volkswagen Polo or similar (economy class) – $26/day
- Ford Focus or similar (compact class) – $29/day
- Volkswagen Passat or similar (intermediate class) – $39/day
- Mercedes-Benz B-Class or similar (standard class) – $40/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 Munich
Particularly if you book your rental car from any of Flizzr’s locations throughout Munich, you’ll find that there is almost no seasonal variation in price in the city. Make sure to book at least 3 months in advance to take advantage of this low price. If you’re planning on travelling to Munich in July or October, booking much farther in advance than just 3 months is highly recommended.
Because of Flizzr’s particularly low prices, the best location to rent from in Munich is not the airport. At the Munich International Airport (MUC), companies such as InterRent and GLOBAL Rent a Car offer cars that are typically around $5 more expensive than Flizzr’s offerings at the East and Central railway stations or downtown Munich.
You can also typically save at least $7 a day by extending your rental period to over a week! Keep an eye out for discounts of around 18% that drive your rental car prices even lower.