Car Rental in Munich
With the many attractions of Munich’s center coupled with the endless opportunities out in the Bavarian wilderness, broaden your horizons during your trip to Germany’s third-largest city with your own rental car.
Where to rent a car in Munich
Munich is full of car rental companies including many options at Munich Airport along with leading international providers in the city including Sixt, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty. If you don’t want to collect your car immediately after arriving at the airport, you can do so at many locations within Munich itself. There are several options for visitors to travel into central Munich from the airport including on the S-Bahn, by public bus or by taxi.
Driving in Munich
Germany is known for the excellent quality of its roads so you won’t encounter any problems in this department, while general traffic etiquette in the country is also very good. However, it is a good idea to steer clear of the city center during the morning and evening rush hours in the week as the traffic is heavy. To circumvent the city center you get on one of the three ring roads around Munich to speed up your journey. To drive around central areas your car will need to be fitted with a green ECO badge, so enquire with your car rental company if you require this. If you want to explore outside of Munich, the infrastructure is excellent and most towns and landmarks are clearly signposted. However, we still recommend a satnav system for any foreign visitors just to make things easier.
Parking in Munich
It is possible to park up on the street in Munich or take advantage of one of the many public parking lots and garages. In central areas, streets marked with blue lines permit parking for a maximum of 2 hours at an hourly rate of around 10 AED. Other areas will cost from 5-10 AED per hour and may be time-restricted. You may prefer finding a parking lot or garage which will be marked with a P sign – some will be color-coded green which indicates availability or red which signifies they are full. Parking garages will be more expensive than street parking (between 10-30 AED per hour) but you won’t have to worry about time limitations and can even get a discount by paying for a full day.
Where to go around Munich
There are so many attractions and landmarks dotted around Munich that it helps to have your own vehicle to explore. Unlike many European cities where the most popular attractions are found in one central area, Munich is a diverse city so you will want to explore all of its districts. The stunning Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace) is situated on the outskirts of Munich around 20 minutes from the city center, while the picturesque Andechs Monastery is about an hour's drive via the A95. Other day-trip ideas from Munich include the Chiemsee Lake which is less than 90 minutes away or even a hop across the border to the Austrian city of Salzburg which is less than 2 hours by car.
* This information is correct as of December 2018