Car sharing in Berlin

more than a year ago

As Berlin has excellent public transport and good bike paths, most Berliners don't own a car, and most visitors don't need one. But for trips away from the city centre, a set of wheels can be very handy and apart from the traditional car rental companies, there are now several schemes that allow for short rentals. They're especially useful for people already signed up to sister schemes abroad, or regular visitors to Berlin.
For short trips, using these cars can actually be cheaper than using public transport, especially if you have passengers. Petrol, parking and insurance included in the flat rate. Car2go, DriveNow and Multicity Carsharing all have cars that are found on the streets and that can be rented spontaneously or pre-booked; others require pickup and dropoff at fixed locations.
Registering often involves visiting an office for an ID check and picking up a client card, but once you have that, you can often use the network in other cities and countries too.

Car2go ( has nifty Smart cars in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Köln, Ulm and a dozen cities in the US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Austria and France. Registration (€19, includes 30 free minutes) can be done at their Berlin shop at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 2 (or some Europcar offices), after which you can drive off, paying €0,29 per minute, with a maximum of €12,90 per hour.


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