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Basic info and car hire in Frankfurt am Main

  • Location: State of Hesse, southwestern Germany.
  • Population: 731,095 (2015).
  • Official language: German with a touch of Frankfurter dialect.
  • Currency: Euro (€).
  • Weather: Temperate oceanic climate. The average summer temperatures are slightly above 20°C/68°F and the average winter temperature are slightly above 0°C/32°F. Spring and autumn offer mild weather with an average temperature being around 15°C/59°F. Read more »
  • Holidays in Frankfurt: For public holidays in Germany click here »
  • Internet coverage: Many hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés are equipped with Wi-Fi. Read more »
  • Road conditions: Roads are well maintained and have good connections.   
  • Car hire in Frankfurt: Prices for hiring a car in Frankfurt are as low as 11€/day in autumn and around 14€/day in winter, spring and summer. Keep in mind that prices fluctuate frequently. To ensure you have the lowest car hire price, make a car booking from 3 to 8 weeks prior to your vehicle collection. Alternatively, it's possible to get a great last minute car hire deal also. Most people pick up their rental at Frankfurt Airport. Find the best car hire deal in Frankfurt!

About Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt has a very modern architecture since much of the city was rebuilt after the World War II. It also became a huge financial centre of Germany and built two enormous airports: Frankfurt Hahn and Frankfurt Airport. Nonetheless, some historical buildings can be spotted in between the glitzy skyscrapers, such as Commerzbank Tower, the second tallest building in Europe! The city is best explored on foot or by bike since it has many gardens, parks, cafes, restaurants and museums. For shopping, the Zeil street area is one of the favourite spots in Frankfurt. The path along the Main river is especially lovely for strolling. Frankfurt is a fun, dynamic and lively city with something for everyone.

Driving in Frankfurt am Main

Roads are well maintained, although they can easily get congested. Try to avoid driving in Sachsenhausen quarter. Best time to visit Frankfurt and enjoy its weather is anytime between June and September. The maximum BAC level is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles. There is a Zero Tolerance law for novice drivers who have held a driving license less than two years and for young drivers (less than 21-years old). As a driver, you will be required to obtain a special Environmental sticker and display it on the windshield of the vehicle in order to drive in the “green zone” of the city. Make sure your rental car has that sticker if you plan on entering this zone. There are plenty of car hire agencies with a wide selection of rental vehicles, such as Alamo, Enterprise, Sixt and more, so you'll definitely find a rental that goes hand in hand with your needs and wishes.

  • Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In some cases, in order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a driving licence for a minimum of one year).
  • International Driving Permit: No. It is not necessary to have an International Driving Permit when hiring a car in Germany, but all car hire agencies recommend that you have one.
  • Additional papers: ID (passport), a valid driving licence and proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire company; in case your policy doesn't cover your insurance while driving in Frankfurt).
  • Additional requirements: Warning triangle, first aid kit, reflective vests and hands-free equipment are required when talking on the phone while driving.
  • Children in the car: Children 3 years and over must be transported on the rear seats of vehicles. A child under 12 years of age and measuring less than 4ft 11in (1.50m) travelling in any type of vehicle must be seated in a child seat or child restraint and is not allowed to ride in the front seat of a car.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: Dipped headlights are required at night and during reduced visibility.
  • General speed limits: 130 kph on motorways, 50 kph in populated areas and 90 kph everywhere else.
  • Parking suggestions: For city centre parking, we suggest parking in car parks or utilise the Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts of Frankfurt and take a bus to the downtown area. Read more »

Drive your rental car around Frankfurt am Main

Depending on the length of your stay and your mood, you can decide whether or not you want to see other locations around Frankfurt. We'll mention a few here, but before we begin, we would like to point out that most of these places are best reached by car. We warmly suggest you hire a vehicle in Frankfurt and have at least one road trip.

Your first journey could be a drive to Wiesbaden, a rough 24 mi (40 km) west of Frankfurt. It's a charming historic city, famous for its villas, thermal springs and spa. The amazing Aukammtal spa, Kochbrunnen, Opel Baths, Kaiser Friedrich Baths and more have numerous health benefits. Don't miss a stroll through Marktplatz and a view of the Biebrich Schloss palace. Driving 15 km (10 mi) south of Wiesbaden, you can visit the old city of Mainz, located on the west bank of the river Rhine. Numerous museums, the magnificent Mainz Cathedral and the Roman Temple are only a few things that will turn your journey into an amazing day trip! Another highly recommended site is the enchanting Upper Middle Rhine Valley stretching for 65 km and embellished with mountains, vineyards, hillside castles and cliffs will captivate you completely. Weather-wise, this place is best experienced in the summer or early autumn. And lastly, head to one of the most romantic German cities, Heidelberg, only 90 km south of Frankfurt. Visit the beautiful Heidelberg Castle, explore the old town, and the narrow Hauptstrasse. Admire the medieval architecture, check out the shops and galleries and sit down for lunch. The climate is warm and the riverside location is stunning. 

What to see in Frankfurt am Main

For a spectacular view of the city, visit the Main Tower observation deck. Main Tower is 240 m high and provides a proper metropolitan look to the city of Frankfurt and was an inspiration for the nickname Mainhattan. Just a five-minute walk from Main Tower, you can enjoy tasty delights, such as cheese and chocolate creams in the company of a nice glass of wine. This and more is found at the pedestrian Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse.

For a spectacular view of the city, visit the Main Tower observation deck. Main Tower is 240 m high and provides a proper metropolitan look to the city of Frankfurt and was an inspiration for the nickname Mainhattan. Just a five-minute walk from Main Tower, you can enjoy tasty delights, such as cheese and chocolate creams in the company of a nice glass of wine. This and more is found at the pedestrian Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse.

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Where to eat, drink and party in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt has plenty of upscale as well as traditional restaurants where you can taste Handkäse mit Musik; brown bread with cheese, vinegar, caraway seeds and onions, or the vegetarian Grüne Sosse or green sauce with hard-boiled eggs and potatoes. The Bethmännchen biscuits with marzipan and almonds are also not to be overlooked, in addition to the famous Apfelwein; fermented apples with roughly 5% alcohol content. For a great night out go to Alt-Sachsenhausen, or the less touristy Nordend. Another great bet for drinks is the Ostend district.

Frankfurt has plenty of upscale as well as traditional restaurants where you can taste Handkäse mit Musik; brown bread with cheese, vinegar, caraway seeds and onions, or the vegetarian Grüne Sosse or green sauce with hard-boiled eggs and potatoes. The Bethmännchen biscuits with marzipan and almonds are also not to be overlooked, in addition to the famous Apfelwein; fermented apples with roughly 5% alcohol content. For a great night out go to Alt-Sachsenhausen, or the less touristy Nordend. Another great bet for drinks is the Ostend district.

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