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Driving Tips in Germany

Driving in Germany Tips

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Depot Information

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Driving Distances in Germany

Driving Licence

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 years. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in Germany;


It is mandatory to carry the following equipment in your vehicle, which is to be used in the event of an accident, incident or breakdown:

Child Safety Seats

Children under the age of 12 or less than 1.5m tall are to be seated in the back seat of the vehicle in either a seat belt or appropriate child restraint.

Speed Limits

A tip for first timers driving on the Autobahn is to drive on the right hand side (slow lane) of the road. The right lane is considered for slower traffic and the left lanes are for overtaking. You may find that some drivers will drive up to or even over 200km/h, these drivers are highly experienced and trained, so if your only new to high speed driving it's best to keep to what your comfortable too. Below are the speed limits in Germany, unless posted otherwise.

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.05mg/100ml. Police have the authority to pull drivers over and carry out a random alcohol testing drivers over the limit face heavy fines and possible imprisonment, and if an accident is caused while over the limit your insurance is void. This also applies to cyclists.


At the moment there are no highways tolls present for passenger vehicles.

Road Signs

Road Signs in Germany adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in Germany are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.


Strict laws apply for street parking;

Parking will commonly be 'pay and display' where either a parking disc or parking tickets will need to be displayed on the front windscreen. Parking tickets can be purchased from nearby machines and a parking disc can be obtained from petrol stations. Vehicles who have exceeded their limit or illegally parked will find their vehicles either clamped or towed and impounded, which is can be quite costly to remove or retrieve.

Visa Information

Visa, Passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Germany;

Winter Driving

Snow Chains are recommended during the winter months and to be used when driving through mountainous regions. Snow chains are required when signs showing a tyre with snow chains are posted. Drivers are restricted to 50km/h when snow chains are attached and police will restrict drivers who do not meet the requirements. Click here for more information.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.