Car Hire in Dusseldorf
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Dusseldorf, the capital city of the North Rhine-Westphalia state in Germany, lies on the eastern side of the Rhine river. It features a rich cultural scene, from traditional to avant-garde. Visit all its cultural and historical sites, as well as its other attractions, and have a taste of Dusseldorf’s hoppy beer, Altbier, by exploring the city on your own flexible terms. There is a wide range of car rental options that serve this German city, and browsing Skyscanner is the best way to get started.
Where to hire a car in Dusseldorf
Numerous international and local reliable car rental providers serve the city of Dusseldorf in Germany. These include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, P1 Europe, Budget, Sixt, Europcar, Auto Europe, Argus Car Hire, Sunnycars, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz, National, Ofran, and Avis. The usual car rental locations in Dusseldorf include Dusseldorf Airport, Dusseldorf City Station, Derendorf, Flingern, Dusseldorf Harbour, select hotels, and Dusseldorf Truck Center, among other areas, mostly in the central business district and the downtown area.
What to expect when hiring a car from Dusseldorf
The North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany is served by a dense network (the densest in Germany) of autobahns. The autobahns that go through Dusseldorf are the A3, A44, A46, A52, A59, and A524. When driving into and within the city centre, take note that it is an “environment zone”; cars travelling in environment zones are required a sticker that declares its pollution category. Many other major German cities also have environment zones. Also be mindful of tramways throughout the city. With Germany having among the densest road networks in the world, and with Dusseldorf being an important city, expect the roads to be busy most of the time. The autobahns in the country are also known for their lack of a general speed limit, making it important to drive defensively and to always look out for signposts.
Getting to your destination
Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of German (West Germany), also lies by the Rhine river. It is known for large-scale exhibitions as well as the being the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. With a small city centre where the most attractions are, Bonn is a nice little city to explore. Visit here the Das Bonner Munster, Alter Friedhof, Sudstadt, and the Jewish Cemetery, and many more.
Bonn is only a little over an hour from Dusseldorf. Three routes can be taken to get here: via A57 and A555, via A59, or via A3 and A59.
Also on the Rhine, Cologne is the largest city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. A tourism hotspot, Cologne is also popular for being one of Germany’s most liberal cities. When in Cologne, do not miss Kolner Dom, the 12 Romanesque Churches, Die Kolner Synagogue, and the Hohenzollem Bridge, among others.
From Dusseldorf, reach Cologne in about 45-55 minutes for 40-50 kilometres. Cologne is accessible via the A57, via the A59, or via the A3.
Ruhr used to be the centre of the coal and steel industry in Germany. This region has a rich industrial heritage currently goes through a structural transformation that makes it one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. Encompassing cities like Oberhausen, Hattingen, Hamm, Hagen, Essen, and Dortmund, Ruhr is the third largest metropolitan region in Western Europe, next to London and Paris.
50 kilometres north of Dusseldorf, Ruhr or also known as Ruhrgebiet is accessible via A46, via A52 and A40, or via A1 in about an hour and 20 minutes.