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Driving with children in Germany

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Before you begin your ride in Germany, there are certain rules you need to know before driving or taking a taxi with the children.

When expats or tourists arrive in Germany, they may not be well informed about the rules. Especially when it comes to children or babies.

What to consider when driving with children in Germany

The German law specifies children up to 12 years of age and are less than 1.5 meters in height must only ride in an approved car seat or booster seat whether in a personal car or in a taxi.

The child may ride in the back seat with a seat belt on if all other restraints are being used by other children.

Children under three years of age must not be in a moving vehicle without an appropriate car seat.

German law also states that rearward facing infant seats are not allowed in the front seat of a vehicle which has an airbag.

What to do if I don’t have a child seat?

Both personal vehicles as well as taxis are subject to the child seat regulations.

Generally, Germany's taxis have child seats that are suitable for your child; however, airport taxis might not have infant car seats. Therefore, you may either bring your own car seat or rent one if you are here for a vacation.

There are a number of websites that offer the rental of children's products, such as toddgo or mami-poppins. With toddgo, you can place orders online and receive the items on arrival in the airport. When you leave Germany, you can leave the items at the airport with a toddgo personal free of charge.

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