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Explore Germany in a Sixt Car Hire

Sixts premium car hire service in Germany offers you excellent customer service, affordable rates and top-brand vehicles to ensure you have one less thing to worry about on holiday. Our wide range of vehicles mean that whether you are travelling with a group of friends or a partner, looking to enjoy a luxury ride or save some money on an economy option, or celebrating a special occasion, we can help. Keep on reading for great travel ideas, driving tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your car rental.

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Rent a car in Germany from Sixt

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With more than 200 city centre, train station and international airport branches in Germany, we are well set up to help you with your journey. Booking online is quick, easy and, should you have to change your plans, cancellation is almost always free of charge. Take a look at the map above to see Germanys biggest cities and most important sightseeing destinations that you can reach with your car rental.

Our Service

Sixt car rental in Germany offers an array of premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Audi. You can choose an automatic vehicle, book a child seat or arrange a one-way car rental. Optional extras can be added to your rental on the bookings page.

Which vehicle class is right for me?

Compact cars are ideal for densely populated cities.

Saloons are a good choice for weekend trips and long-distance journeys between cities.

Estates and 4x4s are ideal for ample leg and luggage room. Typically you have space for five people, three large suitcases and two duffel bags.

When travelling with a bigger party we also have 7 and 9-seater minibuses.

Drivers Licence

In Germany, all driving licences from EU countries are accepted. If your licence is printed using a non-Latin alphabet, for instance in Russian, Arabic or Chinese, you will need to get an International Drivers Permit (IDP). An IDP can only be obtained before you leave the UK: you can apply for it online or by visiting your local Post Office.

Age Restrictions

All drivers aged 18 and older may rent a car in Germany with Sixt. When you are in the booking engine there is also a menu with the age requirements for specific car models. Note that a young driver surcharge applies for those under 23.


All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and should be refilled prior to return to Sixt, otherwise our current refuelling charges will apply.

Additional Drivers

An additional driver can be included onto your rental agreement upon presentation of a valid drivers licence.

Credit Card Payment

Payment for your car hire in Germany must be done via credit card. Sixt accepts all major credit cards and AirPlus, whilst all prepaid and debit cards (such as VISA Electron) are not accepted. The payment method must have been issued in the name of the driver and this must be presented at the time of vehicle pick-up and be valid at this time.


In the event of an accident, please inform the police immediately. It does not matter whether the vehicle is only slightly damaged, the accident was self-inflicted or if no other vehicles were involved. In addition, any damage to the vehicle must be reported directly to Sixt during the rental period. For this purpose, a form for an accident report is enclosed with the vehicle documents. For direct assistance, you can also contact us by telephone at +49 (0) 180 6269999. You can reach the rescue service in Germany under emergency number 112.

Driving Tips

The German road network is excellently maintained which makes short and long distance road trips easy. German drivers generally hold strictly to the traffic rules, and will happily use their horns to inform those who are not. When a multiple lane road merges into one, the vehicles in the lane that is ending are expected to drive to the end of their lane before yielding into traffic.

Here are some more tips for enjoying your car hire in Germany:

  • Remember that distances are calculated in kilometres and that the speed limit will also be posted in kilometres per hour.
  • German roads are divided according to size: the letter B is designated for main roads and the letter L is used to refer to smaller, rural routes.
  • In Germany highway signs are marked in blue and federal roads in yellow. Three-lane connecting highways are known as Autobahns. Each kind of roadway has its own speed restrictions.
  • Drivers must stop at crosswalks for pedestrians and should take caution when driving behind public buses. Also, be aware that trams always have the right of way.
  • If the rental car is damaged during journeys over unpaved roads you will be responsible for the cost of repairs. It is advisable to not drive on any unmarked or unofficial roads.

General speed limits in Germany:

In urban areas, a maximum speed of 50 km/h is generally permitted, although sometimes is limited to 30 km/h

On country roads a maximum speed of 100km / h is generally permitted although sometimes is limited to 70 km/h

Some sections of the German Autobahn network have no maximum speed limit; when speed is restricted the maximum speed limit will be posted.

The following traffic infractions will incur the following fines (subject to change):

Using a mobile without a hands free device: 60 euros

Driving while intoxicated: 500 to 3000 Euros, 1 month driving ban

Crossing a red light: 90 to 360 euros

Parking violation: 10 to 70 Euro

Illegally passing or overtaking another vehicle: 30 to 240 euros

Driving over the speed limit: 15 to 680 euros


Your benefits with Sixt

  • Sixt Best Price Guarantee
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival
  • Miles & More - Earn miles
  • No hidden costs
  • Germany's largest and best car rental company
  • No credit card fees
  • Excellent 24/7 customer service