Car rentals in Koeln: All you need to know
A Koeln car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of the region has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Koeln. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a great deal on a rental car in Koeln?
You're well on your way to finding the best rate on your car rental by reserving it through us. However, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next rental. Be sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
- Book your car rental as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Koeln?
We have around 15 rental car companies in the Koeln area. You'll find well-known companies like Advantage and Hertz and wallet-friendly suppliers like Fox and Budget. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Koeln?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Koeln. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to read over our chart below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you really want to go all out on your getaway to Koeln||Cadillac, Audi, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||If you plan on doing plenty of driving and want a comfy ride||Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Koeln?
Generally, to rent a car in Koeln you must be at least 21. However, you may find that there is an added fee if you're under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals in particular. Read through the supplier's terms to determine what the exact price is before you book your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Koeln?
Insurance is always required, wherever you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Koeln. Check in advance and, if it is needed, you can conveniently add it at checkout.
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 need to search for an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your car. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Many rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We advise a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle topped off. If you return your rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to triple the amount of current gas prices to refill it. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Koeln?
If you wish to check out all that Koeln offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Koeln. Review the fine print to be certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Koeln vacation, check a few items before you leave the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your car and be sure there is no 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
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Koeln car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal vehicle that can fit your requirements and not deplete your travel piggy bank.