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The Bavarian capital of Munich is a city of elegance and history. The vertiginous Frauenkirche cathedral rises above the rest of the city’s buildings, punctuating the sky with its domes. The Munich opera house and the neighbouring Residenz add cultural depth and some imposing columns, which add to Munich’s reputation for being a bit posh. But there are plenty of beer gardens too, and the bohemian Schwabing area is full of interesting cafes and independent shops.
Organise car hire in Munich and there is a wealth of nearby destinations that open up. Starnberger See is a beautiful lake 45 minutes’ drive from the city, while Ammersee, another lake, is less than an hour by car and is a paradise for windsurfing, boating and fishing.
Fly to Munich Airport, which is half an hour from the city centre by car, a drive of 23 miles along the A9. Driving is the quickest way to travel into the city and it is easy to pick up a rental car in Munich Airport. There are also regular trains. The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines leave the airport for the city centre every 10 minutes.
To arrange a hire car in Munich city centre try Sixt, Europcar or Hertz, which are among the brands available. Parking is difficult in the city, but head for the A99 ring road for great links to the rest of the country.
At Munich Airport, Keddy, Interent, Thrifty and Dollar are among the brands available. They are open daily from 6.30am until 11.30pm.
So now you have your hire car in Munich, where to next? Stuttgart is two and a half hours west along the A8, a drive of 145 miles. Visit the State Gallery Stuttgart or the Porsche Museum, which are both in the city centre. Palace Square is one of the most impressive areas with its Baroque grandeur and surrounding gardens. There are a number of other historic palaces in Stuttgart’s outlying towns. The Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is a 25-minute drive north, while the beautiful Weikersheim Palace is an hour and a half away by car.
An hour-long drive north of Munich up the A9 is Nuremberg. The 100-mile drive takes you past the pretty towns of Kipfenberg and Beilngries, which make great stopping points. Nuremberg sells itself as a city with a century-long beer, sausage and gingerbread tradition. There is also the Imperial Castle and a huge Christmas market each year. And talking of sausages, Frankfurt, home of the famous frankfurter, is two hours further on from Nuremberg, or four hours from Munich by car. Frankfurt has a big city skyline and a large financial centre, making it feel much larger than its Bavarian neighbours. The river Main winds through its centre, giving space for nice bars and river cruises.
With a hire car in Munich you could say goodbye to Germany and head for Austria - the border is just over an hour’s drive away. Salzburg is an hour and 40 minutes drive (about 90 miles), or head to the ski resort of Ischgl, just under three hours from Munich by car, it offers wide powdery slopes in the winter and wild flower meadows in the summer.
The roads in Munich city centre are busy. There are a number of blue zones where parking along a blue line costs 0.50 euros per 12 minutes from 8am to 7pm.
If you are ready to start planning your break to Munich and other parts of Germany used the Expedia search tool to help you find the best deals on car hire, flights and hotels, as well as researching the best attractions and activities in the area.
The main airport serving Munich is Munich International, also known as Franz Josef Strauss International. Located 25 miles northeast of the city centre, this travel hub is home to a number of car hire agencies, including Budget and Hertz. For ease, it’s recommended that you organise your car hire before you arrive (you can do this quickly by using the Expedia search tool). From this airport, the centre of Munich can be reached by car in just 40 minutes.
It’s also possible to hire a car at the smaller airport of Memmingen, but the drive into Munich from here takes longer (usually around 1 hour and 20 minutes).
Passengers arriving in the city by train or bus can find a number of car rental agencies scattered across the city centre, with most located close to the popular tourist areas. If you are travelling into the city by train and arriving at Munich Central Station, you will find it particularly convenient to pick up a rental vehicle; agencies such as Hertz, Budget and Europcar all have branches next to this station.
Having your own car can be a fantastic asset when visiting Munich since it allows you to explore at your own pace and get out of the centre to tour the more remote attractions. Just be aware that at peak times of day, there is more traffic on the road, so it’s best to drive outside rush hour. Munich also makes the parking situation a little more hassle-free, by providing park and ride car parks on the outskirts of the city, enabling you to leave your car and take public transport.
Once you have arrived in Munich, you’ll want to check out the city centre and visit attractions such as the 14th-century Old Town Hall, the Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Hofgarten and the Munich Residenz.
However, if you’re keen to make the most of your rental vehicle, you’ll want to get out of the city, too. For the Dachau concentration camp, head northwest on the B304. For Augsburg, home of the 11th-century St Mary’s Cathedral, head northwest on the A8. To reach the Alps, you’ll want to drive south on the A95 to the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and for the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, drive south on the A95 until you reach the market town of Murnau am Staffelsee, and then head west to Schwangau.
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £25 in Munich.
On average, car rentals in Munich are £27.
When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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