Berlin car hire

By Paul Sullivan, your Berlin expert

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Hiring a car in Berlin

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What you need to know about car hire

Although you don’t need a car to get around Berlin, your own transport is useful if you want to have a look at the countryside around the city, or if you are planning to tour around other parts of the country.

Traffic in Berlin has increased in the last few years. The city can grow congested at peak times (7-9am, 4-7pm) but it's generally less crowded than other European cities due to a lower population. Like most cities, parking can be a problem in busy areas and paid metres are increasingly common.

Hire companies at Berlin Schonefeld Airport

Avis

Mon-Fri 7am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. Holidays on request.

Tel: 00 49 30 6091 5710

Budget

Mon-Fri 7am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. Holidays on request.

Tel: 00 49 30 6091 5710

Europcar

Mon-Fri 7am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm.

Tel: 00 49 30 6349 160

Hertz/ADAC

Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-midnight.

Tel: 00 49 30 6091 5730

National Car Rental/Alamo

Mon-Fri 7am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm.

Tel: 00 49 1805 002738

Sixt

Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm.

Tel: 00 49 1805 252525

Hiring a car in the city

Most major car rental companies are represented in Berlin, including Europcar (www.europcar.com), Hertz (www.hertz.com), Sixt (www.sixt.com) and Avis (www.avis.com). To rent a car you must show a full national driver's licence and be over 21-years-old, although some companies may make exceptions. Cars can be either rented per day or per week and third party insurance is generally included in the price.

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