Car Hire in Frankfurt
This information is correct as of July 2015.
As one of the primary cities of Germany, Frankfurt am Main does not disappoint those going to see it for the first time. Skyscrapers rule its skyline with one of the world's largest stock exchanges and the European Central Bank. Some of the most important trade fairs, motorcar fairs, and book events occur here, making it a sought-after metropolis in Europe. Discover Frankfurt’s treasures with car rentals operating within and around the city.
Where to hire a car in Frankfurt
There are various car rental companies you can check out upon arriving in Frankfurt. Europcar has the most number of branches here, followed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Avis, Hertz, and Budget, as well as several local and independent car rental agencies also offer their own selections of vehicles here. This allows you a variety of options to consider when choosing the car that fits your needs and budget.
It is important to book ahead before your arrival in the city, as it can get more expensive to hire directly. It can also get difficult to rent a car with an automatic transmission if you do not pre-book a certain model. You should have also prepared a local driver's licence and be over 21 years old before you can rent a car. You do not need an International Driver's Permit, if you have a licence in English. IDPs are applicable only if your licence is in another language.
You should also have a GPS or think about renting one from your car rental provider. Stickers on environmental approval, documentation on the car, a first aid kit, a warning triangle, a spare wheel, reflective waistcoats, and other car-related matters should also be discussed with your rental company before finalising the agreement.
What to expect when hiring a car from Frankfurt
Rush hours in Frankfurt usually come around the commuting times near the start and at the end of the working days. You should schedule your trips outside these hours, as you might get stuck in a traffic jam and get delayed for quite some time. German motorways/autobahns are toll-free for cars at present, but it is likely that tolls will be introduced sometime in the future, so you should still prepare a certain amount. There are also no congestion charges, but there are environmental green zones that require cars to have a special sticker (Umweltplakette) for entry. This is applicable for rental cars, as well.
There are one-way streets in Frankfurt, particularly in the residential areas. You might also find them in some of the old side roads. When going around, you might also see the Ebbelwei-Express, the historic tram whose 70-minute circuit takes in both banks of the Main between the Zoo and the Messe. Cycling paths can also be found in the area, which makes it important that you take care while driving and focus your whole attention on the road. Parking may be arranged at designated areas, pay car parks, and on-street spaces. You should make sure you all the regulations, so you can avoid getting fines. You should always park facing the same direction as the traffic on one-way streets, for instance.
Getting to your destination
Famous for being the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, Hanau features the start of the Deutsche Märchenstraße (German fairy-tale road), a scenic route going across the country to Bremen. Beautiful river scenery also awaits here, as well as the romantic castle Phillipsruhe and the beautiful suburb of Kesselstadt.
Get on A3 in Offenbach am Main and continue on A3. Take B43a to Industrieweg in Hanau. Take the exit towards Hanau-Hauptbahnhof/Hanau-Stadtmitte from B43a. Continue on Industrieweg to your destination. It can take about 35 minutes to get here, if the traffic conditions are good.
Situated between the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, the industrial city of Mannheim features a lively cultural scene. You will find here Barockschloss Mannheim, the most famous sight of the city. It is Germany's largest baroque palace with a mustard yellow and red sandstone structure.
Get on A5 from B44, Theodor-Stern-Kai, Niederräder Ufer, and Schwanheimer Ufer. Follow A5, A67, and A6 to Wilhelm-Varnholt-Allee/B37 in Mannheim. Follow B37 to Kurpfalzstraße. The drive can take about an hour and 10 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Wertheim am Main
A town in south-western Germany, Wertheim am Main is located on the confluence of the rivers Tauber and Main. It is best known for its wine, as well as the medieval town centre. There is also the Burg Wertheim, the landmark castle to check out.
Get on A3 in Offenbach am Main from B3. Follow A3 and B469 to St2441 in Kleinheubach. Take the exit towards A3/Würzburg/Miltenberg-Nord/Großheubach/Kleinheubach from B469. Take St2309, St507, L507, and Neue Vockenroter Steige to Schützenstraße in Wertheim. The whole trip can last about an hour and a half, if you can make it in a quick day.