Tips for Driving in Germany

Germany is one of the world's most popular destinations with numerous attractions located beyond major city centers. Get familiar with local rules, signs, and types of rental cars available before you embark on your journey

Driving In Germany

Unique Road Signs

Pay close attention to traffic signs and signals. Many Germans describe their streetscape as a “sign forest” (Schilderwald) due to the abundance of traffic signs. Learn more about German road signs here.

The Fabled Autobahn!

Few roads in the world are as legendary as Germany’s famous Autobahn. Here are some tips to keep you safe while driving:

  • When no speed limit is posted, German authorities ‘suggest’ a speed of 130 kmh (80 mph).
  • You can only pass another car in the left lane. The right lane is for slower vehicles, and overtaking cars in the right lane is illegal.
  • Always check your rear view mirror carefully when pulling into another lane.

Fuel Your Adventure

When fueling in Germany, gasoline is Benzin. Running out of gas on the Autobahn is dangerous and will get you a ticket.

Park Smart

In most German cities, you’ll have a good selection of parking facilities. There is on-street parking as well as off-street parking lots (Parkplatz), above ground garages (Parkhaus), and underground garages (Tiefgarage).

General German Rules of The Road

  • Drive on the RIGHT hand side of the road. (The driver sits on the left hand side of the car.)
  • Talking on the phone while driving in Germany is ILLEGAL, and seatbelts must be worn at all times.

Renting in Germany

Car Rental Locations

You’ll find an Enterprise Rent-A-Car location perfect for your adventure.

  • Airport: Begin the trip as soon as you arrive. Airports are usually located near major roadways that will allow you to get on the road quickly.
  • Neighborhood: Great for day trips or to begin your journey after a visit to a major city.
  • Train Station: Rent at a train station to explore a region further.

Legal Requirements

All international drivers must present a valid driver’s license and identity card or passport at the time of rental.

Cross Border Regulations

Renters picking up a vehicle in Germany and traveling outside of Germany must make prior arrangements directly with the renting branch. The vehicle must be returned to the rental location in Germany.

Accident With Another Vehicle?

Call 01806 556126 (Notify Police Immediately)

24-Hour Roadside Assistance: Call 01806 556126 (Or call the location where you rented the vehicle)

Loyalty Club Information

Enterprise Plus

  • Include the Enterprise Plus number at the time of reservation to earn points on qualifying rentals in Europe. Members can redeem points for free rental days at thousands of participating Enterprise® locations worldwide.

Emerald Club

  • Emerald Club® makes the car rental experience faster with Priority Service. Include the Emerald Club member number at the time of reservation to earn credits toward free days on qualifying rentals.