Car hire in Berlin
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Berlin, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Germany, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Our car rental offices in Berlin
In Germany’s capital Berlin, located in the northeast of the country, several car rental firms have offices throughout the city.
- Central Berlin: At Berlin central train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, tyou can rent a car from several major car rental firms. Keep in mind that the offices here won’t have as good opening times as the ones at the airport, although most of them appear to be open every day from morning til late evening. Most of the car rental firms have the address Europaplatz 1, which is inside the station house. Driving in Berlin can be a little bit stressful, but as long as you know where you’re going, getting out of the city is no problem.
- South Berlin: In the southern part of Berlin there is another train station – Station Berlin Südkreuz. This train station is located in the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district, and also has several car rental offices. Many long distance trains arrive in Berlin here, and the station is also connected to the S-bahn stop Südkreuz. You can find most of the car rental firms at General-Pape-Straße 1, but keep in mind that the opening times for these offices can be bad on weekends. From the station, it only takes a few minutes to reach the ring road in Berlin (Stadtring), which quickly gets you out of town.
- East Berlin: Berlin’s third largest train station is in the eastern part of Berlin. It is called Berlin Ostbahnhof. Here you’ll find car rental companies at Koppenstraße 3, inside the station house. The opening times are generally the same as at Berlin Südkreuz, although some of the offices are closed on Sundays.
Car hire at Tegel Airport
Berlin Tegel Airport (airport code: TXL) is the main international airport in Berlin. The airport is about five miles northwest of central Berlin, and it services many international and domestic flights.
Renting a car at the airport is very smooth and easy. Six of the major car rental firms have offices at the airport, and getting to and from the airport by car is very easy. You can find the offices on the ground floor in terminal 3, close to parking house P2.
Car hire at Schönefeld Airport
Schönefeld Airport (airport code: SXF) is the secondary international airport in Berlin, located 11 miles south of the city. Among others, Norwegian flights land here. Car hire is available at the airport, and you cand find the car rental firms’ offices outside terminal A.
Where to go around Berlin
Berlin has everything from exciting and unique history to rich culture and entertainment. It is also a relatively inexpensive city with plenty of good shopping.
The city of Potsdam is a 30 minute drive from Berlin. Potsdam is known for its architecture with magnificent castles and other nice buildings. The Sanssouci Palace and Park and the large castle Potsdam Neues Palais are very popular. Additionally, there are both rivers and lakes around the city, so why not take a boat trip around the city?
If you visit Berlin when it’s warm, don’t miss the Strandbad Wannsee, one of Europe’s largest inland beaches. At the beach, there are many different activities for children. Food is also sold at the beach. Keep in mind, however, that the Strandbad Wannsee is very popular and can get quite crowded, especially on weekends.
There is a particularly impressive place to visit on an old disused air field about an hour’s drive south of Berlin. Here you’ll find the largest water park in Europe – Tropical Islands. It’s located in an almost unrealistic building, but well worth a visit. You can enjoy 26 degrees Celsius all year round in the water park, as well as restaurants, a spa and several swimming pools. You can also stay in a bungalow here!
The city of Dresden is a two hour drive from Berlin. The city was bombed to near-ruin in 1944, but has since been rebuilt, piece by piece. Dresden town centre has many cosy cafés, and the impressive Frauenkirche chruch, which was restored in 2005, is definitely worth a visit. The city is also one of the greenest cities in Europe with several parks and nature areas. If you are visiting in the summer, don’t miss taking a trip on a steamboat along River Elbe to Königstein!