Stuttgart Pragstr is a highly-regarded area of Stuttgart’s northern suburbs. The city is known as the home of motor industry heavyweights Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, so it is easy to find an efficient but affordable car hire vehicle here. Car rental is ideal for exploring southern Germany and even some of the main highlights in neighbouring countries, such as France and Switzerland.
Who to Book With
Hertz is the only company with a depot in Stuttgart Pragstr but there are plenty of options elsewhere in the city’s northern suburbs, including Europcar in Koig-Karl-Strasse and Buchbinder Autovermietung in Krailenshaldenstrasse. In Arnulf-Klett-Platz, Sixt and Avis are further options. Booking online in advance before heading to Stuttgart is regarded as the best way to save money and to safeguard against disappointment.
Best Time to Go
Stuttgart Pragstr and the Stuttgart area as a whole are best visited during the German summer time, which runs from May until early September. This is the time of year when the most pleasant conditions are experienced but, thankfully, the rates of car rental don’t fluctuate. Should local football team Vfb Stuttgart have qualified for the Champions League, hotels around the city may fill up during games.
Need to Know Essentials
When collecting a German rental vehicle, the following documents need to be shown:
- Valid International Driving Permit
- Passport or secondary form of photo ID
- Same credit card that was used to complete the reservation
- Print-out of confirmed reservation
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Stuttgart Pragstr and Stuttgart are generally as organised as any other city in Germany, boasting a well-developed system of roads that foreign drivers should find easy to navigate. Parking is usually only available in parking blocks which charge roughly £1 per hour.
Our Guide to Germany contains more detailed driving information.
Stuttgart isn’t really a city that can be walked around, although the central areas have many streets for pedestrians only. Buses and taxis are the only public transport options alongside the metro S-Bahn rail system.
Stuttgart’s S-Bahn is cheap and fast while it successfully manages to link most of the important neighbourhoods around the city. The system is made up of seven lines. Visitors planning to use the S-Bahn on a regular basis should look into getting a day-ticket for between £5 and £12 per person.
Buses around Stuttgart cover a lot more areas than the S-Bahn, including areas in Stuttgart Pragstr. The service is provided by the Stadtbahn and although the buses might not be as fast as the S-Bahn trains, mainly due to traffic, many more areas of the suburbs are served.
Taxis in Stuttgart are renowned for their low costs, especially when compared to the rates often paid in other German cities such as Munich. Roughly, its costs about £4 for every four minutes-worth of travel and cabs can be hailed from ranks or flagged down in the street. It goes without saying that taxis pass through the central area much more abundantly than the northern suburbs.
Stuttgart Pragstr is conveniently located in that it is a mere stone’s throw from the centre, so there is less traffic here and the area is much quieter than Downtown. The location of the neighbourhood means that trips out of Stuttgart to elsewhere in Germany are a breeze, with some of the highlights of other nearby countries taking less time to reach than domestic counterparts, including Munich.
Munich - Sometimes thought of as Germany’s capital instead of Berlin, Munich regularly features in top 10 lists of the best destinations in Europe. Many flock here to catch concerts at any one of the various arenas and stadiums, while the Oktoberfest sees hundreds of thousands of both domestic and foreign visitors flock to the city to enjoy the world-famous beer festival.
Strasbourg - This French city is easier and quicker to reach from Stuttgart than Munich, at only 1 hour, 40 minutes along the A8. It is possible to take in the German city of Freiburg before crossing the border.
Zurich - Switzerland’s capital is just 2 hours, 15 minutes away from Stuttgart along the A81. Due to Switzerland’s compact size, trips to cities around the country other than Zurich, such as Basel, are a possibility.