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Rent a Car at the Cologne Airport

Compare prices online on Driveboo and find the best deals on a rental car at Cologne/Bonn Airport. Cologne is inviting in summer due to the great riverside promenades along the Rhine. Not only can you compare offers from various national and international car rental companies, but you can also browse offers according to several filters. This way you are guaranteed not to miss any offer for the airport of the city of Cologne.

Car rental at Cologne Airport (CGN)

Cologne/Bonn Airport

Cologne/Bonn Airport

With more than one million inhabitants, Cologne is one of the largest metropolises in Germany. Located on the banks of the Rhine, the major city looks back on almost 2000 years of history. Since the founding of the FRG, Cologne has been assigned to the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Due to numerous historical sights, many tourists are attracted to the Rhine metropolis year after year. Of course, every visitor to Cologne wants to visit the city's landmark, the cathedral with its two nearly 160 meter high towers. Many tourists then explore the historic Old Town, stroll along the Rhine promenade or visit the numerous existing museums. With a rental car you can reach all this much more comfortably and uncomplicated.

Culture North Rhine-Westphalia in Summer: On the Road with a Rental Car

Cologne in the Evening in Summer

Whether drama cabaret, concert or musical: every evening there is a huge range of cultural events that visitors can take advantage of. An annual highlight in July is also the open-air event Cologne Lights, where fireworks with musical accompaniment are ignited on the Rhine. Visitors can reach the festival area cheaply and conveniently by rental car. They can park their car and watch the spectacle in the sky over Cologne.
The city of Cologne is located in the Cologne Bay and is surrounded, among other things, by the Bergisches Land and the Eifel. Both regions are wonderfully suitable as excursion destinations for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders and sports and nature lovers of all kinds.
Other summer activities you could undertake:

  • Königsforst with wildlife preserve & water treading facility
  • Barbecue on the Poller meadows
  • Walk along the Rhine dike
  • Walk at the Worringer Bruch
  • Beethoven Park
  • Volksgarten
  • Cologne Zoo
  • Botanical Garden

Worth knowing about Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN)

View of Cologne and the Rhine

Increasingly, many people are choosing to travel by plane, as the few kilometers from the center, Cologne-Bonn Airport has optimal transport connections. The international airport CGN Koeln is located in the southeastern district of Grengel and is about 15 km away from the center of Cologne. It is 16 kilometers to the northeastern city center of Bonn. The airport, also known as Konrad Adenauer Airport, has only been used as a civil airport since 1957, although at that time it was only geared to national operations and had a simple terminal with no car rental facilities. About 13 years were to pass before the small airfield became a pretty international airport with a radar center and an air traffic control tower.
More than 10 million passengers were handled at Cologne-Bonn Airport in 2015, putting the airport in seventh place among German airports. The passenger volume, which has been constant for years, is also attributed by experts to the presence of low-cost airlines since 2002. Through our comparison portal you can also rent a car especially cheap at the airport for a stay in the metropolis on the Rhine, since we cooperate with every leading car rental agency in Germany.

Rental Car Cologne - Arrival at CGN Airport

Chocolate Museum Cologne

You arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport at either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, the arrival hall ultimately depends on the airline you use. Coming from the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, you ideally just keep to the left and reach your car rental in the car rental center set up there. Each provider has its own pick-up station, but it is just as centrally located as its office. After you have received the keys of your cheaply rented vehicle at the counter, you simply cross the street and find the corresponding pick-up station in parking garage 2. Before handing over, however, there are some important points to discuss.

Information for booking a rental car

Additional Driver Option

A convenient option available to you is the additional driver option. Through this option, you can specify one of your travel companions as an additional driver. With this person you can then take turns with driving. Thus, you do not have to take the whole route on your own. You pay only a small surcharge per day, whereby all concluded insurances transfer automatically also to the additional driver. Should you let a person drive the rental car who is not authorized, all concluded insurances expire.

Colorful houses on the Rhine in Cologne
View of Cologne
Cancel rental car for free

The last important information you must have before booking a rental car is that you can cancel the booked rental carfor free up to 24 hours. Therefore, you better book a rental car earlier so that you can get an early booking discount. Some rental companies offer a free cancellation only up to 48 hours, so pay attention to this when booking. To cancel the rental car just write us an email to "" and from 72 hours before rental you should additionally let us know by phone at +49 89 1436 7940.

Cheap rental cars at CGN Airport: Here's what you should look out for

First Check
Church in Cologne

Of course, you have to look for perfect condition at the pick-up station with your rental car. Test in your own interest briefly the functionality of all important controls and take a critical look at the body. The reason: From the moment of the takeover on, you are responsible for the rental car and come up for, for example, fines due to improperly functioning lighting. If you don’t report already existing scratches or dents on the car at the takeover at the airport, the car rental company makes you liable as the culprit and makes the repairs at your expenses. Have all the defects you have noticed entered in a list, maybe even take photos and secure a copy of the document. Your car rental company will keep the original.

Fuel regulation
Häuser in Köln

You usually pick up your rental car at any car rental company at their pickup station already full with gas and must return the car accordingly with a full tank. The refueling regulation is used by most providers and requires a gas station nearby, which should also be open continuously. To comply with the refueling regulation, drive to the Total gas station on the Cologne airport grounds shortly beforehand. This is less than a kilometer away from parking lot 2 in Nordallee at the traffic circle near parking lot four and is open around the clock. If you do not return the rental car with a full tank of fuel, even though you have selected the "fair refueling (full/full)" option, a small portion of your deposit will be retained to cover the cost of a full tank of fuel.

See the sights in Cologne with a rental car

The Cathedral in Cologne

The landmark of the city is the cathedral located in the center, a architectural masterpiece with two towers rising almost 160 meters . To ensure that your resolution to rent a car cheaply at the airport continues to be easy on the wallet, you should park your rental car in the nearby parking garage. You will be compensated for the parking fees, among other things, with a breathtaking view of the city center.

Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral

Viewing the cathedral and the city center from a completely different perspective is what you get when you visit the KölnTriangle. This is the second-highest building in the city, which, located on the right side of the Rhine, entices you with its all-round glazed roof terrace. When the weather is good, you have a perfect panorama in focus here.

The Zoo

If you spend a few days with your children in the Rhine metropolis, you should definitely take a trip to the zoo. To do this, enter the address Riehler Str. 173, 50735 Cologne into the navigation system of your rental car and take your offspring to the elephant park, the rainforest house and the monkey rock, among others.

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118 Experiences of our customers at the Cologne Airport

Rating of Lukas W.

“The rental car center at Cologne/Bonn Airport is not particularly well signposted. However, the processing at the counter was very fast and the staff was competent.”

Rating of Maria T.

“All employees were very friendly and helpful. Only the communication before the rental with the car rental could be not only by phone, but also online.”

Rating of Nils K.

“Very friendly, competent and helpful staff. The processing for pickup and return went very quickly.”

Rating of Willibald H.

“With the processing and the employees of Sixt I am fully satisfied. Competent and friendly! The return of the rental car was more complicated than expected due to the poor signage. Therefore, I recommend enough buffer time to plan.”

Rating of Antonia R.

“Very friendly and speedy service both at pickup and return.”

Rating of Louis V.

“I was able to rely on Enterprise. The contract was fulfilled to my satisfaction.”

Frequently asked questions about car rental booking Cologne Airport

How much does a rental car cost at Cologne/Bonn Airport?


A rental car at Cologne/Bonn Airport costs 22 $ for one day. For a week, you can get a rental car for as low as 153 $ on average. BSP Auto offers the cheapest car rental at Cologne/Bonn Airport. 

What are the opening hours at Cologne/Bonn Airport when I can pick up a rental car?  


Cologne/Bonn Airport is open 24 hours. The opening hours of the car rental companies vary depending on the provider. Picking up the rental car outside the opening hours is possible without any problems for a small additional fee. 

Can I book a rental car at Cologne/Bonn Airport without a credit card? 


A rental car without credit card at Cologne/Bonn Airport is available from 33 $ per day.

What has to be considered when returning the rental car at Cologne/Bonn Airport? 


Plan enough buffer time for the return of the rental car to your onward flight. Depending on the refueling regulations, you may have to fill up your rental car before you return it. A return outside the opening hours is possible without any problems. Place the vehicle keys in the safe provided for this purpose. 

What does it cost to cancel a rental car at Cologne/Bonn Airport? 


24 hours before the start of the rental, the cancellation is free of charge during the opening hours of Driveboo.

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