Car Rental in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf is one of the most interesting cities in Germany and is particularly known for its stunning Old Town. You’ll find plenty more things to do across the city including strolling along the Rhine or a night out on the town. Renting a car in Dusseldorf is an excellent way to navigate the city from the comfort of your own vehicle, while you’re also only a short drive away from other destinations in the region like Cologne and Bonn.
Where to rent a car in Dusseldorf
At Dusseldorf Airport you can visit one of many international car rental providers including Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise. All kiosks are situated in the arrivals area of the passenger terminal for your convenience. International companies also have offices available in Dusseldorf itself if you don’t need to collect your vehicle right away, with many providers concentrated around Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main train station.
Driving in Dusseldorf
Driving around Dusseldorf is usually a pleasant experience but it does experience traffic in central areas. You should also be aware that the city center of Dusseldorf is a low-emission zone which will require a pollution category badge - consult with your rental company to learn more about this. If you plan on getting out of the city and exploring the region you may end up driving on one of the famous Autobahn roads which often have no speed limits at all, so be prepared for very fast local drivers and always be on your guard. The roads in Germany are excellent and the majority of drivers will closely adhere to the rules of the road as transgressions are strictly enforced by traffic police.
Parking in Dusseldorf
There are both parking lots and street parking spots available across Dusseldorf so you will have your pick depending on your needs. The price of parking in the city is fairly high, with street parking priced at up to 12 AED per hour in areas. In most places street parking charges are in operation from 09.00-20.00 Mon-Sat. There are park and ride facilities available outside the city center which are free of charge and linked to public transport which can take you into the city center, saving you the cost and hassle of finding parking in the center. Parking lots are also available in the city center which will cost you between 6-12 AED per hour. You can also check with your hotel to see if they have parking available.
Where to go around Dusseldorf
Visit the Old Town where you can marvel at the meticulously rebuilt center of Dusseldorf which was reconstructed after extensive bombing during World War 2. You can also head down to the promenade which follows the banks of the Rhine for a coffee or a pleasant evening stroll. A rental car is an excellent idea in Dusseldorf given the many fantastic destinations within reach. Make the 45-minute drive south to Cologne and see the awe-inspiring cathedral or check out the fascinating town of Bonn which is famous as the former capital of West Germany and the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven.
* This information is correct as of December 2018