Car Rental Stuttgart

Starting from
$20 per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 11/26/2018 - 12/03/2018 at Stuttgart
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Hertz in Stuttgart

The powerhouse city at the heart of Germany’s Baden-Württemberg region, Stuttgart is home to legendary car manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. It’s not all mechanical might, though – you’ll also find parks and green spaces, as well as a castle and botanical garden.

Whether you’re visiting the city for business or pleasure, you’ll find excellent road connections to other great German cities. The Bavarian capital Munich is 150 miles away, while the global financial hub Frankfurt is just 130 miles to the north. For old-world charm and breath-taking scenery, aim for Freiburg and the Black Forest, known as Schwarzwald. 

If you want to stay closer to Stuttgart, you’ll find exciting cities like Karlsruhe and Rottenburg are within easy reach.

If you are planning to rent a vehicle for your visit, you’ll find our collection desks conveniently located around the city, including at Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport. With no hidden extra costs or credit card fees to pay, hiring a car with us will give you complete peace of mind during your trip.

Pickup Locations Stuttgart

  • Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2300, Sa 0900-2100, Su 0800-2300

    Address: Echterdingen Airport

    Phone: +49 (0) 711 9484339

  • Stuttgart Main Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-2100, Sa 0800-1500, Su 1000-1400

    Address: Arnulf-Klett-Platz 2,
    near main entrance

    Phone: +49 (0) 711 2262921

  • Stuttgart, Pragstrasse 120

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su 0900-1100

    Address: Pragstrasse 120

    Phone: +49 (0) 711 9079010

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Driving in and around Stuttgart

If you are landing at Stuttgart Airport, it’s less than a 10-mile drive to reach the city center via the B27. It’s also possible to follow this route north out of the city to reach the historic town of Ludwigsburg, home to a famous Baroque palace, and eventually to Würtzburg in northern Bavaria. 

Stuttgart is a large and busy city with a well-maintained network of roads. If you are travelling during morning or evening rush hour you may find the roads are more crowded, so it’s worth allowing extra time for your journey. The speed limit in many areas of the city is 50km/h (31mph), which is enforced by speed cameras – some fixed, and some mobile.

With its excellent roads and beautiful scenery, Germany is a great place to get around by car. The country’s major highways – or autobahns – feature some sections without a speed limit, denoted by circular white signs with diagonal black lines. Drivers are allowed to drive as fast as they feel is safe – just bear in mind that you drive on the right (in general, too), must only use the left-hand lane for overtaking, and cars can appear at high speed from behind. Most parts of the autobahn have a 130km/h (80mph) speed limit, however.

Stuttgart also boasts easy road connections to the city of Munich, Germany’s third largest city, just 144 miles south-east along the A8 autobahn. Frankfurt, the country’s financial capital and birthplace of 18th-century writer Goethe, is 130 miles to the north via the A5 and A8. Nuremberg is also just two hours’ drive outside Stuttgart on the A6. The German capital Berlin lies in the north-east of the country, just over 390 miles from Stuttgart.

A quick guide to Stuttgart

Stuttgart has a reputation as a hard-working city thanks to its industrial success, but it’s also a friendly place with plenty of attractions. With a rental car, you can venture further afield to explore the mountains and forests on its doorstep.

Industrial heritage

For motoring enthusiasts, there are two must-see attractions in Stuttgart. Just a short drive out of the center you will find the Mercedes-Benz museum, housed in a building that is itself an impressive feat of engineering. Here, you can learn all about the car first created by Karl Benz in 1885, see many vintage models, and learn all about how the brand played a key role in shaping German industry.

Not far away you’ll find the Porsche Museum, a deeply impressive structure that seems to almost float above the ground. Its vast exhibition area houses vehicles including the world’s first electric car, a Le Mans racing car called the Pink Pig (it has a pink livery showing the butcher cuts of a pig), the iconic 917, and plenty more. You can even combine your visit to the museum with a tour of the factory, where you can learn more about how these world-famous machines are made.

Cultural highlights

For something completely different, head to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart art museum, home to an outstanding collection of works by painters such as Dali, Picasso and Kandinsky. As well as its permanent exhibit, there are also a number of temporary collections on display throughout the year.

Stuttgart is also home to a magnificent library, the Stadtbibliothek. This cube-shaped building is an attraction in itself, with nine levels filled with books from all over the world. On a warm day it’s possible to sit outside on the rooftop terrace and, between chapters, enjoy excellent views of the city. The building is even more spectacular at night, when it is lit up with shades of blue. 

Fairy tale forest

With a rental car in Stuttgart you’ll also have the chance to head outside the city and explore the Black Forest – Schwarzwald – to the south. According to legend, this was the region that inspired the Grimms’ Fairy Tales and today you can explore the area’s ruined castles, wooded hillsides and scenic valleys.

There’s plenty to see and do, and a rental car is the ideal way to get around. Head to Freiburg in the south to find many beautiful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. It’s around a two-and-half-hour drive, so stop the night to explore the town.

This university city also has a big student population, giving it a lively nightlife and exciting cultural scene. From here, it is possible to hike into the woods or take a cable car up the Schlossberg mountain, where you can enjoy views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Outside the towns, there are many scenic hiking trails available in the Black Forest. One of the most popular areas for walking is Titisee Lake, Schwarzwald’s largest natural lake with several miles of trails among the surrounding pine forests.

If you’re feeling active, you can try windsurfing or sailing on the lake, and in the evenings there are plenty of restaurants nearby where you can enjoy traditional local pork dishes and of course, the famous Black Forest gateau.

When you rent a car in Stuttgart you will find this and many more attractions within easy reach.