Car hire in Munich

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Car hire in Munich

On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Munich, 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 Munich

Munich is located in the northeast of Germany. Many different car rental firms have offices throughout the city.

  • Central Munich: There are several major car rental firms at Munich central train station, Munich Hauptbahnhof. Most of the firms have the address Hauptbahnhof 1 and are inside the station house. The traffic in central Munich can be quite hectic, but as long as you know where you’re going, getting out of the city is no problem. Remember to check where the drop off location for your rental car is before heading out as not all firms have the same one.
  • Other parts of Munich: Both Hertz and Avis have offices at several other locations in Munich, but these offices are usually smaller and may not have the same selection.

Car hire at Munich Airport

Munich Airport (airport code: MUC) is about 18 miles northeast of central Munich. The airport services several major air lines and both international and domestic flights. Four large car rental companies have offices at the airport. You can find all of the offices on Terminalstraße Mitte, between terminal 1 and 2.

Where to go around Munich

Munich is the capital of Bavaria. The city is well known for its cosy bars and nice town centre with market stalls. There are also beautiful and well-kept parks that are popular among residents and tourists alike.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an hour-long drive south of Munich. The town is known for its ski resort. There are also nice footpaths in the town, for when there isn’t snow on the mountains. Zugspitze (2962 m above sea level) is the highest peak in the area, but Alpspitze (2628 m above sea level) also gives you an amazing view. You can reach these mountain tops by taking the cable car, for which a ticket is needed. It’s a good idea to bring your own food, but there are restaurants up there. At the top, there are several footpaths to choose from.

Regensburg
The 2000-year-old town of Regensburg is about 75 miles north of Munich. The well-preserved town centre Alstadt has incredibly beautiful buildings and alleys that you can stroll around. There is also a bustling cultural life. The majestic Cathedral and the Stone Bridge in the centre are definitely worth seeing. Outside the city, along the Danube river, there is also a temple that Ludwig I had built to honour famous Germans. Both the boat trip to the temple and the temple itself is amazing. Boats depart from the Stone Bridge.

Chiemsee
Germany’s third largest inland lake is located 55 miles southeast of Munich. In the middle of the lake there is an island which is home to the incredible Herrenchiemsee Castle. The castle was meant to be a tribute to the French Versailles by the German King Ludwig II. However, the Palace was never actually completed since the king died when work was still in progress. In some parts, the castle actually surpasses its original. The town of Prien am Chiemsee is a good starting point if you are visiting. The town has both B&B’s and cosy restaurants.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is about 75 miles southwest of Munich. This magnificent fairytale-like castle was built by Ludwig II and was completed in 1892. The king spent a lot of time in the castle and occasionally lived there, but only a fraction of the 360 rooms are actually furnished. The castle is said to have inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Neuschwanstein is located on a hill, and its towers rise up from the grove beneath, so that you can see the castle from afar. If you want to see the inside of the castle, you need to book a guided tour in advance. It’s also a bit of a hike up to the castle, but you can take the bus or the horse and carriage instead. The last bit you will, however, have to walk yourself.