Car Hire at Erfurt Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
With car hire at Erfurt Airport you can explore Thuringia at your own leisure. One of Germany's best kept secrets, Thuringia is popular with domestic tourists but has managed to slip until the foreign tourism radar. Expect beautiful mountains, forests and castles.
Where to hire a car at Erfurt Airport
Avis, Hertz and Sixt all provide car rental at Erfurt Airport. Their reception desks are in the pavilion between the two terminals.
Petrol stations near Erfurt Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is an Esso petrol station on the airport grounds. There's also an Esso and a Total just off the K14 road, just a few minutes away from the airport.
Driving around Erfurt Airport
Bundesautobahn 71 is about five minutes drive away from the airport. Although German autobahns are famous for having no speed limits, you will see suggested speeds posted along the road. German drivers tend to be very careful, and rarely drive over 120kmph (74mph). Traffic in Germany drives on the right-hand side of the road. If this is your first time driving abroad it might take a little while to get used to using a left hand drive vehicle. Take some time to acclimatise in the car park before setting off.
Getting to your destination
The capital of Thuringia, Erfurt is a modern city infused with medieval history. Explore atmospheric narrow streets with timbered houses, marvel at the baroque buildings, and admire Europe's oldest surviving synagogue.
It takes about 15 minutes to drive into downtown Erfurt from the airport. There are four multi-storey car parks in the city centre, and each one is well signposted with information indicating how many spaces are currently available. If you're staying overnight, we recommend looking at hotels in Erfurt with car parking facilities.
Home to a vast array of German writers including Goethe and Schiller, Weimar is a small town that packs a big cultural punch.
It takes just over half an hour to drive to Weimar from Erfurt Airport. There are five multi-storey or underground car parks in the city centre. There are also two Park & Ride car parks on the outskirts, perfect if you're just popping over for a day trip.
The sleepy German town of Rudolstadt comes to life in the first week of July, when the country's largest folk and world music festival takes place.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Rudolstadt in light traffic. If you're visiting for the folk festival we recommend booking your flights, car hire and hotels as early as possible. Thousands of people descend upon Rudolstadt during the first weekend in July. We also recommend looking for accommodation with car parking, as it will be very tricky to find parking spaces when the festival is in full swing.
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