man driving on german motorway

Driving in Germany

Millions of tourists visit Germany each year. Whether you plan on dedicating your entire holiday to exploring Germany, or you are simply passing through on your way to another country, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with Germany’s rules of the road.

What do you need to know before travelling to Germany?

Like many European countries, the legal driving age for Germany is 18, so even if you have a full UK licence at the age of 17, you will be unable to drive there. It is essential that you have your driving licence with you at all times when driving, as well as your car hire insurance documents. Should your licence not include a photograph, have your passport to hand as this will validate the licence.

Driving on the Autobahn

The Autobahn (German for ‘motorway’) is one of Germany’s famous attractions. These roads are among the densest and longest road systems in the world. The 8,026 mile stretch has no speed limit - however, it is advised to not exceed 130km/h.

See our infographic guide to the Autobahn

What are the driving laws in Germany?

Most driving offences in Germany are subject to fines, including running out of fuel whilst driving on the Autobahn. If you do fall foul of a driving offence, always make sure the officer issues you an official receipt when you hand over your Euros.

Themed roads in Germany

Take a drive down one of Germany’s 80 themed highways for something a little different. Choose from the German Castle Road, Fairy Tale Road or the most well know, Romantic Road. This 261 mile route will take you from the heart of Germany’s wine country, through picturesque Bavarian villages and in to the foothills of the Alps. Make sure you schedule in plenty of time to explore each route and take advantage of the stunning photo opportunities.

Click to share

Do you need to make a claim?

If you’ve suffered damage to or loss of your hire vehicle due to theft, and you’ve purchased an insurance4carhire hire car excess insurance policy, we’re ready to help.

Related Guides

facts about the autobahn infographic cta

Facts about the Autobahn: Infographic

Is there a speed limit on the Autobahn? Are these high speed roads really that safe? Find out the answer to these questions and more in our infographic.

driving in europe- cta

Driving in Europe

When travel writers compile lists of the best road trips in the world, driving in Europe features heavily. With dramatic scenery connected by some of the world’s greatest roads, it's not hard to see why!

a guide to car hire costs cta

A Guide to Car Hire Costs

We like to think our car excess insurance is nice and straightforward. Your car rental agreement, however, might not be so easy to understand. With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to car hire costs.

Need some help?

If you need to contact us, you can get in touch via Live Chat.

Our team are available 8.30am-8.30pm Monday to Friday, or 9am-5pm on Saturdays.