About Bremen Airport (BRE)
Address: Flughafenallee 29 Return: Fitzmauricestrasse, Bremen, 28199
Bremen Airport (BRE) is located a mere 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south of central Bremen. Airport car rentals from Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Enterprise and more are found in Terminal 3, opposite the airport check-in counters.
Bremen isn’t laid out on a perfect grid, but it shouldn’t pose much of a navigational challenge to intermediate and experienced drivers from developed nations. The city’s riverside orientation lends to a decidedly east-west emphasis for major routes, with A27 and A281 making a sort of sandwich of the 10-km length of Bremen. The pair of east-west autobahns are bisected by Highway 6, feeding central Bremen. Aside from the airport, most of Bremen’s attractions are situated on the north side of River Weser. The city is home to a better than average number of parks and green areas. Autobahn 1 links the south end of Bremen to outlying areas — Hamburg (122 km / 73 mi) to the north and Hanover (137 km / 82 mi) in the south.
All in all, getting around Bremen is a very straightforward and orderly driving experience. Roads are in top shape, well marked, and mostly clear of congestion — with few exceptions. As a tourist destination, the city is mainly renowned for its festivals, which include a carnival in February, a circus festival in August (La Strada), Freimarkt (free market) in October, and the month-long Christmas festival in December. Visitors to Bremen during these periods will experience heavier traffic, but nothing extraordinary.
Choosing your car
Every day is a great day to get a special deal on the perfect car hire for your visit to Bremen Airport. Seat compact cars are perfect for short trips around town. Fiat economy and Opel intermediate sedans are ideal for longer journeys. Mercedes, Volvo, and Audi fullsize 4-door sedans were made for autobahn driving. BMW SUVs are the champions of all-purpose driving. And the Volkswagen 7-9 seater minivan was made for moving people and cargo in comfort and style.
Tips and advice
Your car hire provider almost certainly has this covered, but make sure your vehicle is equipped with an Umweltplakette (green sticker) that certifies the car meets local emissions standards.
Road signs are either in German or international pictograms, some of which may seem alien to foreign drivers. It’s a good idea to bone up on typical German road signage and traffic-related phrases.
The left lanes of major roads — especially the autobahn — are for passing only. If you plan to be staying at or below the posted speed limit, stay out of the left lane.
The majority of German rental cars have manual transmission. If you’re not used to driving “stick shift”, this is not the place to learn. You can rent a car with automatic transmission, however, it’s more expensive and vehicle options are limited.
You won’t need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) as long as your valid license is in English (or German).
Germans love to drive fast on the autobahn but tend to drive much slower on normal city roads. The default speed limit in central Bremen is 30 km/h, and it’s rare to see drivers doing more than 25 km/h, ostensibly for safety, but more likely to avoid speeding tickets.