Hire a Car from Berlin’s Airports
Most international flights fly to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), 5 miles northwest of the city. Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), the city’s secondary airport, is 14 miles away, so getting into the centre is never an issue. Thanks to their facilities, opting for car hire makes for a simple and care-free start to your holiday. You’ll find car rental agencies such as Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt in both airports – you can browse these all using the Expedia search tool.
Hire a Car in Berlin
If you’d rather pick up a hire car from the city itself, then a short train journey will get you from the airport to Alexanderplatz – the city’s central shopping district. Here, you’ll find various rental agencies. Enterprise-Rent-A-Car is less than a stone's throw from the Berlin Wall, and is also walking distance from city’s main train station.
Exploring Berlin by Car
Central Berlin is a designated environmental zone – meaning only cars with a green sticker are permitted to drive through. When renting a car, double check that your vehicle has this permit stuck on its windscreen if you’re wanting visit these areas via car.
Drivers in Berlin often make use of the city’s excellent park and ride facilities. These are also perfect for holidaymakers looking to leave their vehicle to walk and fully absorb the city. You can’t take your holiday selfies whilst driving! Travelling outward, the Berliner Ring – or the BAB 10 – is the longest ring road in Europe, making up 122 miles of motorway. If you’re looking to travel to other nearby German cities, such as Frankfurt, you’ll find connecting roads which make your journey both easy and enjoyable.
Driving on the Motorway in Germany
There are many myths alleging more relaxed German speed limits, but most motorways allow drivers to travel at speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. This can vary in rural parts of Germany, but it’ll be signposted to save any confusion.
Day Trips from Berlin
To take a road trip and experience some of the local wildlife, drive to Pfaueninsel – better known as Peacock Island. Like the name suggests, its main attractions include the multi-coloured birds. Alongside them, you’ll see fairy-tale castles which are signature of the area. You can access the island by ferry from Wannsee Station, which is a 45 minute car journey from the German capital.
Germany’s excellent network of motorways stretch across the nation and beyond. Thanks to this, attractive foreign cities like Prague are just four hours’ drive from the centre of Berlin.