Carsharing in Berlin
Carsharing is probably one of the hottest new trends in Berlin in the last couple of years.
Many carsharing companies like ShareNow, SIXT Share or Miles offer their brand new cars for short term rent around town.
It can be difficult to find the best car sharing company for your needs, so let’s compare them and see which one suits you best.
We only took ShareNow (which is a merger of DriveNow and Car2go) SIXT Share and Miles into consideration as they offer the most cars around Berlin and they are so-calles free flow offers.
That means you can pick them up and leave them wherever you want to.
E.g. Deutsche Bahn offers carsharing as well, but you have to pick up and park the cars in designated parking spots, which makes their offer not flexible enough to be considered here.
Miles (before know as Driveby, which sounded like out of an old gangster movie) is a true Berlin based player and also our absolute No 1 pick when it comes to caresharing in Berlin.
Miles just recently announced the takeover of the biggest rival WeShare (run by VW with an electric car fleet) – so you will be driving around in VW ID.3 and ID.4 with Miles.
This is incredible, as once you were driving an electric car you do not want to go back to normal Diesel or petrol run cars.
Miles has a different approach to how to charge for the ride.
Instead of paying for each minute of your rental you only pay for the distance you drive.
This is why we love Miles more than any other car sharing company.
Finally it does not matter if you are stuck again in traffic during rush hour in Berlin, the price will be the same as if you would drive at night.
And last but not least, recently more and more Tesla Model 3 and Y were added to the fleet, which are much fun to drive.
Insider Tip1 : Use the code hC1Tb5at7w to get 10€ credit for signing up with Miles.
Insider Tip 2: If you log in you can purchase some credit, which will save you another 10% or 15% in costs.
Insider Tip 3: If you are planning to drive to the BER airport Miles is the only company that does not charge an additional fee for parking at the airport.
ShareNow is the biggest carsharing company in Germany (and number 2 in Berlin).
This is not a surprise as it is the result of a merger between DriveNow and Car2go, which have been competitors in the past and were owned by Mercedes and BMW.
For the time being both companies are still operating with their own fleet of cars and in the ShareNow App you will see both the location of Car2go and DriveNow cars.
ShareNow is available in many major German cities including Berlin, München, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg.
Right now ShareNow has over 3.300 cars by DriveNow and around 3.000 cars by Car2go all around Germany to rent.
In Berlin, it feels like every second car on the street is one of DriveNow’s BMW 1, Mini (Coupe and Cabrio!), X1 or even ActiveE or one of the many Smarts from Car2Go.
Many people nowadays – especially younger people – don’t see the need to own a car in Berlin, as signing up with ShareNow or any other carsharing company is much cheaper.
There are 2 ways to book a car: Either with the ShareNow App up to 15min in advance or by walking past a car and opening the door with your app.
The ShareNow App is available for IOS as well as Android, and lets you see all available DriveNow and Car2Go cars around your area on a map.
Just choose the one closest to you and make a reservation, which is valid for 15 mins before someone else can book that car again.
Signing up with ShareNow costs only 19€ (instead of around 29€) with 30mins already included.
Prices per minute depend on the type of car you choose and start at 0,09€/min.
ShareNow covers the most important parts of Berlin, including Berlin airport BER.
Dedicated parking spots for carsharing cars are located just outside Terminal 1.
ShareNow charges an additional 6€ per trip from or to the BER airport, which still makes it a cheaper alternative to a Taxi.
You can park your car anywhere within the S-Bahn ring, and in some parts, like Prenzlauer Berg, Lichtenberg, Steglitz, etc. even outside the S-Bahn ring.
Of course you can drive the cars outside of the business area, but parking them should be done within the business area to avoid a hefty fine.
One of the newest carsharing offers available and a pretty good alternativ we must say is Sixt Share.
SIXT Share has one big advantage, which is SIXT has been in the business of rental cars for decades already.
SIXT is probably the biggest rental car company alongside with Europcar and Enterprise and therefore already a well know and trusted company.
So the decision to enter the carsharing market might not come as such a big surprise.
But what is a big surprise is how SIXT combines carsharing and rental cars in one app.
So no matter if you want to rent out a car for a quick grocery shopping trip or you spontaneously want to drive to the coast for 3 days all you need to do is download the app and start driving.
Cars can be picked up within the limits of their business area or at one of the 500 SIXT stations in Germany.
As a little welcome bonus right now the first trip with SIXT Share is for free (up to 10€ trips).
Every other trip will cost you right now 30cents per minute or if you want the car for the whole day it will be 59€.
Carsharing Companies in Berlin compared
In order to have an overview of the 3 carsharing companies we took for the prices only the cheapest option into consideration.
|Promotion||10€ credit with code hC1Tb5at7w||None||None|
|Price||From 0,89€ per km + 1€ per trip||From 0,09€ per minute||From 0,09€ per minute|
|Business territory||S-Bahn Ring and some outside areas||S-Bahn Ring and beyond in Lichtenberg and Charlottenburg to Steglitz||S-Bahn Ring and beyond.|
500 Sixt stations within Germany
|Car options||Audi A1|
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y
Audi A3, Q2, A4
VW Golf, Passat
No additional cost
All of the cars used for We Share were 100% electric – what started with the electric version of the Golf soon was upgraded to ID.3 and ID.4s.
Nothing was cooler than cruising with a brand new silent E-Golf or ID.3 through Berlin.
Who needs a 600 horsepower strong tuned Mercedes or Porsche? That is so nineties 🙂
Furthermore all rides were just around 0,19€ to 0,29€ per minute and the area served by WeShare covered the most important areas of Berlin, even well outside the Berliner S-Bahn Ring.
But as you read before, WeShare was acquired by Miles and the branding will soon disappear for good.
Out of service – Car2go
Car2go was a carsharing company operated by Mercedes Benz, together with Europcar.
As already mentioned before Car2go merged with DriveNow and is available on the ShareNow App.
In Germany, Car2go already operated in 7 cities and offers more than 3.000 cars to rent, which offered a slightly higher density of cars around Berlin.
Whereas with ShareNow you have the choice between many different cars, that are also suitable for 4 people, Car2go exclusively has Smart cars in their fleet.
So if you plan on driving to IKEA to get some new furniture, Car2go might not be your best choice.
But if you only need the car to get from one place to another quite fast, you will come to love those Smarts.
The old excuse that you didn’t find a parking spot won’t be valid anymore, as these Smarts fit in anywhere.
If you don’t feel like driving yourself you might want to check out how public transport in Berlin is working.
And if you are into biking why not try out one of the many new bikesharing companies in Berlin?