Carsharing Berlin

Carsharing in Berlin

Carsharing is probably one of the hottest new trends in Berlin in the last couple of years.

Many carsharing companies like MilesShareNow or SIXT Share 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 Miles, ShareNow (which is a merger of DriveNow and Car2go) and SIXT Share into consideration as they offer the most cars around Berlin and they are so-called free flow offers.

That means you can pick them up and leave them wherever you want to.

All you need to do is download their app, sign up, get your driving licence validated (completely online and only takes around 5 minutes) and you can pick up any of their cars.

Be aware that if you do not have a German driving licence, it might not be possible to sign up with any of these carsharing companies.

Miles Berlin

Miles is a true Berlin based player and also our absolute No 1 pick when it comes to carsharing companies in Berlin.

Miles just recently announced the takeover of the biggest rival WeShare (which was run by VW with a 100% electric car fleet).

That means now you will most likely be driving around with one of the newest electric cars such as an ID.3 or ID.4, which is a lot of fun.

Once you have driven an electric car, you usually do not want to go back to a gasoline powered car.

The thing that sets apart from all other car sharing companies – 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’t matter, if you are stuck in traffic again during rush hour in Berlin.

You won’t be charged for the time you spent without moving, just for the distance you drive.

Coming back to the fleet of Miles: Recently more and more Tesla Model 3 and Y were added to the fleet, which are so much fun to drive.

In order to be able to drive these Teslas you need to have done a few rides with Miles with their standard cars like the ID.3 and ID.4 or Golf Polo, before you get access to these called Premium cars.

Insider Tip1 : Use the code eCm6TbMKBk to get 20€ credit for signing up with Miles.

Insider Tip 2: If you log in you can purchase 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 the whole of 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.

ShareNow is available in many major German cities including Berlin, München, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg.

How much you pay for a ride with ShareNow, in contrast to Miles, is based on the time you rent the car, instead of the distance you travel (see Miles).

So at night with 0 traffic on the streets this might be cheaper than Miles, so we would always advise to calculate with the help of Google Maps the expected costs of each car sharing company (Google Maps gives you the distance and the expected time with real time traffic data, so you can easily calculate the expected costs).

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 right now is free of charge and you even get a 5€ welcome bonus.

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 makes it still way cheaper than ordering 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.

The ShareNow App will show you exactly where in Berlin you are allowed to park the car and where you are already outside their business area.

SIXT Share – Berlin

Sixt carsharing

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 the biggest rental car company in Europe together with Europcar and Enterprise.

Therefore they are already a well known and trusted car rental 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.

Right now, at least in our recent experience, Sixt Share is the cheaper minute based car sharing company and prices per minute start at 0,09€.

If you want to rent the car for the whole day prices start at 50€.

Insider Tip: If you got your German driving licence within the last year, Sixt Share is the only carsharing company in Berlin where you can sign up.

All other carsharing companies requiere a German driving licence that is older than one year.

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.

MilesSharenowSIXT Share
Promotion20€ discount with code eCm6TbMKBkFree sign up and 5€ BonusNone
PriceFrom 0,89€ per km + 1€ per tripFrom 0,09€ per minuteFrom 0,09€ per minute
Car availabilityHighHighMedium
Business territoryS-Bahn Ring and some outside areasS-Bahn Ring and beyond in Lichtenberg and Charlottenburg to SteglitzS-Bahn Ring and beyond.
500 Sixt stations within Germany
Car optionsAudi A1
Toyota Yaris
Audi A3
Toyota CHR
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y

Mini Cooper
Premium cars such as:
Audi A3, Q2, A4
VW Golf, Passat
Renault Zoe
Seat Leon
Skoda Octavia
Airport optionYes
No additional cost
Additional 6€
Additional 5-7€

Out of Service -WeShare VW

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 Smart in Berlin

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?

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