Having your driver’s licence recognised

You may already be permitted to drive with your existing licence. Check it out here: Official documents recognition [↙].

Bringing your car with you in Germany

If you want to bring your car in Germany, read the article Border control.

Registering your car

In Germany, you have to register your car at the car registration office. To do so, you will need your vehicle title (proof that the car belongs to you) and your motor vehicle insurance policy. After that, your car has to pass a general inspection, sanctioned by a sticker on your car number plate. This inspection can be performed by any authorised workshop. Registration and general inspections are charged.

Be careful, many German cities have created low-emission zones. To drive into them, you need a sticker (Umweltplakette) showing that your vehicle has low emissions. This can be obtained for a fee from the licensing authority or other approved agencies.

Getting a German driver’s license

There are two conditions to get a German driver’s licence:

  • You must register at an approved driving school for theory courses
  • You must pass a written exam and a practical test

The minimum age to drive a passenger car is 18 years old. The minimum age to drive a motorcycle varies from 16 to 24 years old depending on the cubic centimetres of your motorcycle.

Visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport for more information on driving license.

Driving in Germany

Germany drives on the right side of the road. Speed limits are 50km/h in urban areas, 100km/h on country roads, and though there’s no limit on motorways/highways, an unwritten limit of 130km/h is generally recommended. You must always have your driving licence and vehicle registration with you while driving, since you may need to show them to the police if you are stopped.

Note that women can often find specially designated parking spaces for them in multi-storey and underground car parks.

And if you find yourself in Germany, don’t forget some of our awesome companies are active, thriving, and at your disposal there! If driving solo isn’t your thing, or if you want to share your costs, think about carpooling with Blablacar. If you don’t have a car but need one to travel or for moving, you can rent someone else’s car on Drivy.

Biking

Biking is often the faster option for short everyday distances, thanks to the many bike paths that exist in Germany. If you don’t already have one, you can use the service Call a bike offered by Deutsche Bahn. You can use this service in all the major cities in Germany.

Public transport

As an urban inhabitant, you will probably have to use public transports. Here are the links to the public transport companies of certain German cities:

The national German railway company is Deutsche Bahn. If you are planning to travel by train, visit our member Trainline, where you can buy tickets to travel in 24 European countries.

You can also travel with national and international bus lines such as Flixbus. You can compare bus lines on Bus radar or Check my bus.

Check Make it in Germany for more information.

Here you find the most important information needed to answer your questions about Transportation. If you know other tips or want to share your experience, do not hesitate to contact us. You could even send your testimony which could be published on our website! Thanks for your contribution to the Leon community!