Car rentals in Cologne: All you need to know
You need a great car to take you around Cologne whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Cologne. We've answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Cologne. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a bargain rental car in Cologne?
We always strive to get you the best price. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. You can:
- Compare all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
- Be aware of any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you can make sure you know the true cost before you rent
- Don't rent more car than you'll need. Typically, the smaller the class the lower the rate
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Cologne.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Cologne?
We have around 7 rental car providers to choose from in Cologne. You'll find some of the best companies, like Hertz. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Cologne?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this town means you're bound to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing a lot of driving and want a comfy ride||Infiniti Q50, Hyundai Sonata, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Cologne?
Usually, the age limit for renting a car in Cologne is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the country. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to figure out any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Cologne?
When cruising through Cologne or the rest of Germany, you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip.
Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, give some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find an open gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually recommend that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Cologne?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for those who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Cologne vacation, check out a few things prior to leaving the rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around your car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new region
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