One Way Car Rental in Germany

With a one-way car rental from Sixt, you can explore at your own leisure and with more freedom. When you rent a car in Germany, you also have the option to drive your car rental to a surrounding country in Europe and drop it off at a different station. Take advantage of our affordable rates, and enjoy your road trip, family vacation, or relocation without worry about returning the rental vehicle to the same station. Before you book your one-way rental, you probably have some questions. On this page, we outline available vehicles, route suggestions, and rules and restrictions. 


Available Sixt Rent a Cars in Germany

We offer a wide variety of premium vehicles in every category for a one-way rental. No matter if you need a car rental from Germany to Italy, a car rental from Germany to Austria, or to another nearby country in Europe, we have a car for you. Those on a budget can rent an economy or compact car, or thrill seekers can rent a convertible or sports car. We also offer SUVs or other larger vehicles if you need to transport something larger. And we can also offer you GPS, child seats, additional drivers and other extras. Just be sure to add what you need to your one-way rental when booking.

Suggested Driving Routes from Germany to Surrounding Countries

Maybe you are flying into Frankfurt and need a one-way car rental from Germany to Switzerland. Or you would like to take a train one way and need a car rental from Germany to France. We even give you the option to take a Sixt car rental from Germany to the UK if you don’t mind crossing a little water. If you need some inspiration, here are some route suggestions to various countries from Germany.

  • Frankfurt to Zurich, Switzerland: Traveling between these two cities of commerce is easy with a one-way rental. The drive from Frankfurt takes about 4.5 hours and takes you through beautiful Heidelberg and Freiburg. You can also take a slight detour through Basel if time permits.
  • Berlin to Vienna, Austria:  Take the scenic route by driving from Berlin to Vienna. You will pass through historic Dresden, and also through Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic. At the end of the approximately 7.5-hour drive, you can look forward to staring in wonder at all of the architecture in Vienna and, of course, enjoy a slice of Sacher torte.
  • Cologne to Paris, France: If you’ve ever wanted to drive through Belgium, the route from Cologne to Paris is for you. The 5.5-hour drive will take you through Liege, famous for its waffles, and you will also see some lesser-known parts of northeastern France. 
  • Frankfurt to London, UK: This route is for road trip lovers who don’t let taking a car transport across a channel stop them from getting to another country. The 8-hour drive will take you briefly through the Netherlands, Belgium and a bit of France. You will need to take a car transport at Calais to cross the Strait of Dover and it is best to book your spot and pay ahead of time. 
One-Way Rental Rules and Restrictions

Due to insurance regulations and costs for returning vehicles, sometimes there are fees or restrictions with one-way car rental. However, at Sixt we will always let you know while booking if there are any fees or other charges. The one-way fee within the same country or across borders always depends on the destination and vehicle. Simply enter your desired pick-up and drop-off locations in the booking engine at the top of the page and if a one-way rental between the two stations is not possible, you will be notified with a pop-up message. The one-way rental fee (if any) will be added to the total amount payable at the end of the process. For unplanned one-way rentals, we reserve the right to charge an additional fee.


For more information about one-way restrictions, please see the rental information for your desired pick-up country or simply get in touch.


In general the rental vehicle may only be used in the state of pick-up and the surrounding geographical area (Region) as specified in the table below.

Germany and Europe

Cross border rentals and territorial restrictions

Your vehicle selection can restrict travel to certain countries. We divide the countries into 3 zones as follows:

Pick-up Zone: Can drive in:
Zone 1: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Vatican City.
Zone 2: Croatia, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland*, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Zone 3: All countries which are not in zone 1 or 2.

Only passenger vehicles in and up to a full-size category (F***) with a maximum of 7 seats can travel across country borders.  Vehicles of the following makes can travel only to the countries in Zone 1: Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover Range Rover, Mini

Entry into any country in zone 3 is not permitted.