Car Rental in Hamburg, Germany

Car Rental in Hamburg, Germany


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Rent a car in Hamburg with Europcar

Situated on the River Elbe, the proximity of Hamburg to the Danish border gives the city its unique charm. As the second largest city in Germany with great accessibility the city is a centre of trade, but its soul is distinctly musical and festive.

From the glowing Rathaus to springtime parks and multicultural eateries, Hamburg has lots to offer beneath its industrial facade. Choose car hire with Europcar and navigate the city conveniently and explore the wider region in comfort.

The Europcar car rental experience in Hamburg

Hamburg has several local Europcar stations to collect your rental car from. The most convenient of these are from the airport and railway station as well as a 24-hour service in Wandsbek.

Europcar has the perfect vehicle to suit all your needs in Hamburg. For a small group, economy car hire is a great choice, with our most popular economy car rentals including the Smart ForFour and Volkswagen Polo. The Opel Insignia or Skoda Superb Combi are ideal for transporting families or larger groups of people. Van hire is also available for moving heavier loads with ease.

Driving in Hamburg

The maximum speed limits on German roads are 130 km/h on motorways and dual carriageways and 100 km/h on other roads. Throughout Hamburg the speed limit is 50 km/h unless signposted otherwise, and is reduced in residential areas and around schools.

Many stretches of autobahn have no speed limit, though heavy fines apply for dangerous driving on any road in Germany.

While most car parks in Hamburg have no time restrictions, on street parking in Hamburg is limited. Paid parking applies daily from 9am to 8pm, and is found within the centre in the following areas: Wexstrasse, Hopfenmarkt, Alsterterrasse, Burchardplatz, Rödingmarkt, Dovenfleet Süd and on the Johannes-Brahms-Platz. There are free parking zones on the outskirts of the city.

There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.

Discover Hamburg and the surrounding area by car

Hamburg is near some magnificent towns and scenery, adding another dimension to your adventure in Northern Germany.

An hour and a half by car, Bremen (122 kilometres away) is home to the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Beck’s beer, and a beautiful Renaissance Town Hall.

Known as the city of Seven Lakes, Schwerin (111 kilometres away) has a magical feel to it. Schwerin Palace, bordered by two lakes and lush woodland, and a plethora of historic buildings and shops all make it more than worth the 1.5 hour drive from Hamburg.

Looking to take in some exhilarating sea air? The Wadden Sea and its coastline that stretches from the Netherlands to Denmark is definitely worth a trip. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list it stands as the largest area of mudflats in the world. The sea is accessible from the towns of Büsum (121 kilometres away) or Cuxhaven (125 kilometres away), either side of the Elbe River.

Dedicated to the 5 million people that had to leave Germany for the United States and South America, Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt traces the history of emigration from the city between 1850 and the 1930s. The 2,500 square metre space has multilingual displays, interesting tours, and a genealogical research service. The museum is around four kilometres southeast of the city so travelling there by car is a good option. Free parking is available on site.

If you are looking for the perfect place to take the kids, Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway and includes a model of Hamburg itself, the detail is staggering!

This simultaneously fun and educational attraction is a real hit with children and is a great day out for all the family. If you travel there by car, there are 44 parking spaces available on site for €1 per hour, with on-street parking nearby if these are full. 

Other things to see in Hamburg

Water infiltrates many aspects of this maritime city, from the Hafengeburtstag, an annual festival celebrating the port with a funfair and boat parade, to the wave-shaped Elbphilharmonie music hall which sits by the river. The city that helped foster The Beatles, it is no wonder that Hamburg has such a thriving musical culture.

Join the 70,000 people who come to experience the bustling activity of the Fischmarkt in St Pauli every Sunday morning, or scale the 76.3m-high Mahnmal St-Nikolai, once the tallest building in the world, (between 1874 and 1876). The stunning Hamburger Kunsthalle has plenty for art lovers to admire, with its sprawling collection across two buildings.

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Car hire at Hamburg is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Hamburg for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Hamburg. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Hamburg with certified commitments.