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Key facts for hiring a car in Berlin
Car hire locations
There are around 30 different hire car pick up points across the city.
Most popular months
May - September
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Hire a car in Berlin
Berlin is a capital full of history and evocative references to this are dispersed throughout the city.
The city melds its many memorials seamlessly with its architectural triumphs. From the cluster of glossy high rises in Potsdamer Platz, to the majestic monument, Brandenburg Gate, there are so many impressive structures to behold.
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Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Berlin?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Berlin?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Berlin?
A. Global Drive is the cheapest car rental brand in Berlin, offering cars from just £9 per day.
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Things to discover
Tiergarten Park is home to the Stand by Me Tree. Ben E King’s lyrics are perfectly etched into the bark of a lowly tree.
Take centre stage at Mauerpark and sing your heart out. On Sundays, crowds come to the bear pit and the bravest make sweet (or not so sweet) music.
Kraftwerk is a club venue which used to be a power plant. Need we say more?
The city is home to the Berliner Philharmonie. Head to this special venue and see if you can catch one of the best orchestras in the world.
Jazz on tap
Acoustic clubs, such as the b-flat Jazz Club, are a great place to unwind and click your fingers to the beat.
Head to Berlin in winter and mess with your mind by visiting Tropical Islands. Built inside an old airship hangar is 3,000 square metres of makeshift sea, along with the world’s largest indoor rainforest. This immense, frankly bizarre wonderland could easily make you forget that you are in Germany.
AquaDom, the largest cylindrical fish tank in the world, lives in Berlin. With a lift operating through the middle, this is one exciting and unusual way to experience life underwater.
Dinner with a view
Go for breakfast on top of the Reichstag – the only government building in the world where this is possible. Not only this, but you’ll also witness breathtaking views across the city.
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- The city centre is an Environmental Zone. Check your hire car has the relevant sticker at the rental desk if you need to drive within the zone.
- There is some speculation around speed limits in Germany, but road signs will inform you of the rules. In built up areas, the limit is 60 km/h; outside is 100 km/hr. Most autobahns have a limit of 130 km/h. It is only in some rural areas that no set speed restrictions apply, although the rules are very clear. You must be in control of the car and adapt your speed according to the road, traffic, visibility, weather and car.
- As a European city, Berlin car rental suppliers offer manual vehicles at a much cheaper price.
- Fuel in Germany can be expensive, so check out the latest rates and factor this into your budget.
Useful road sign translations
- Baustelle – roadworks
- Einbahnstraße – one-way street
- Parkhaus – parking
- Tankstelle – petrol station
- Umleitung – diversion
The ultimate Berlin road trip
Berlin Schönefeld Airport SXF
The second busiest airport in the capital.
Car hire pick up point
The desks are found outside of Terminal A.
Potsdam – 40km
City on the border of Berlin, filled with palaces and royal residences.
East Side Gallery – 47km
1316 metres of open-air gallery – the longest in the world.
Berlin Zoo – 9km
The oldest zoo in the country, it first opened in 1844.
Dickie Marie – 15km
The oldest resident of Berlin, this tree is thought to be nearly 1000 years of age.
Things to do
Good for architecture
This Saxony-based city is only a couple of hours’ drive from the capital. Leipzig Central Station gives you a sense of the grandeur of this city.
Good for culture
Cross the border into Poland to visit the striking Szczecin Philharmonic and snack on some dumplings.
Good for photographs
A coastal retreat with a Swedish history. Think churches, cafes and colourful buildings – plus there’s even beaches here.