Renting a car from the Munich Airport in Germany can be a bit confusing, which is why we've made this guide to rentals. Munich is a beautiful city, and renting a car from the airport is just one tiny step along a beautiful road.
What Are My Options?
Like many European cities, rental cars from the Munich airport are going to be on the smaller side. Compact cars are favored, although mid-sized cars, convertibles, vans, and even SUVs are available in limited numbers.
As far as car rental companies go, you'll get to pick from Hertz, Avis, Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Europcar, Alamo, and National. You can book your rental car online if you're willing to rent a car without seeing it in person. Where Can I Find Rental Cars?
In Munich's Airport, hop on the car rental shuttle to be taken to the rental centers. If you're approaching the rental center from the outside or returning your car, just plug in Terminalstrasse Mitte on your GPS, and you'll be on your way. What Kind Of Driving Conditions Should I Expect?
The service roads near the airport can be a bit busy, but Autobahn 92, the main access in and out of the airport, is reliably high speed and low congestion.
Expect a little bit more traffic on weekday mornings from 9 AM to 11 AM. This traffic shouldn't impede your travel time by very much.
As you get closer to Munich's city center and away from the suburbs, expect congestion to increase slightly at first and then tremendously as you pierce Munich's city limits. The downtown area of Munich, while driveable, is frequently deceptive. Many of the major roads in Munich will seem as though they're not congested until you try to make a turn onto one of Munich's many ornate side streets.
The side streets and service roads of Munich are often the only way to bring your car directly to the doorstep of many locations, and they're predictably extremely low-capacity as far as traffic goes.
Where Should I Go With My Car?
Munich itself is a hike from its airport, but you'll want to head into the city to see European and German culture at their finest. Within Munich, expect to park your car in a garage or lot before embarking to your final destination. If you're short on ideas of where to go, check out the Englischer Garten, a beautiful park complete with multiple streams as well as the River Isar.
Head downtown to the Altstadt-Lehel neighborhood to hop into the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich's esteemed museum of contemporary art. If The Pinakothek der Moderne is too busy, just head a few blocks east and reach the Haus der Kunst, another modern art institution that's open to the public.
If art isn't your thing, the Deutsches Museum and Munich Stadtmuseum west of the Isar are great places to learn more about the city's history, science, technology, and economy.
If you're interested in shopping, head over to Marienplatz, a public square that's surrounded by shopping venues like the Funf-Hofe mall. These tourist-friendly areas are easy to navigate by foot, and each street is studded by eating venues and other bits of Munich's culture.