Car Rental in Berlin
Germany’s capital city is a place of fascinating history and a thriving modern metropolis home to vibrant nightlife districts, world-class art and cultural exhibitions and much more to keep all the family happy. Berlin’s historic Mitte district is the ideal destination for sightseers, while the quality shops and restaurants of the City West area are perfect for the luxury traveler. With many top travel destinations just a short drive from Berlin, renting a car allows you to fit in as much as you can during your visit to the capital.
Where to rent a car in Berlin
The main international airport is Berlin Tegel Airport which is gradually going to be phased out as the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport becomes operational. At the airport you will find leading international car rental agencies including Avis, Budget, Thrift, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt amongst others. All offices are situated in the dedicated Car Rental Center close by to Terminal E, with most offices open until 11pm. You’ll also find a wide range of agencies within Berlin itself, so you don’t need to collect your vehicle right away from the airport.
Driving in Berlin
Driving around in Berlin is much more of a pleasant experience compared to other major European capitals, but it is still a good idea to avoid the city center whenever you can. The city center is a low-emission zone within the S-Bahn ring which means all vehicles will have to have a green badge to enter. The streets in the city are wide and spacious and are generally easy to navigate, but it is still a good idea to get a satnav system if you will be exploring extensively outside of Berlin. Local drivers in the city will generally be rule-abiding and the autobahn highways connecting Berlin to the rest of Germany are excellent, so it is very easy to explore the rest of the country.
Parking in Berlin
Parking is available across Berlin but there isn’t always a guarantee of spaces in central areas. The center of the city is served by plenty of parking lots and across the wider Berlin area there are many park-and-ride facilities close by to train and metro stations. Street parking is also available (paid by the meter) across Berlin but you will have difficulty finding a space if you are in the center. Street parking is charged by the hour, with most places costing around 12.50 AED per hour. Park-and-ride facilities tend to be a lot cheaper than street parking, with prices as little as 3 AED per hour.
Where to go around Berlin
The central Mitte district of Berlin is where the most iconic historic landmarks are found along with many restaurants, nightclubs and museums. Just outside of the center, in the City West district is where you’ll find the upmarket shops and hotels along with other top attractions like the Olympic Stadium. There are many interesting day-trip destinations just a short drive from Berlin including the city of Potsdam less than an hour by car or the historic city of Leipzig which is just over a two-hour journey. Be sure to make the 30-minute drive down to the lake district of Wannsee which is a popular hangout over the summer with locals.
* This information is correct as of December 2018