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About Mulhouse

Mulhouse is located near the borders of Switzerland and Germany and is a sub-prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department in the Grand Est region of eastern France. It is part of the Alsace region and its second-largest city after Strasbourg. The Ill River flows through the city and it is surrounded by the Vosges Mountains and the Jura Mountains. The Swiss city of Basel is only 35 kilometres away from Mulhouse, which makes the city's location even more interesting as it is connected to the other countries and major cities there.

This interesting industrial city is best known for its amazing museums and rich industrial past, which you can discover in one of the many museums in the city. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for all lovers of different means of transport. Two museums deserve special mention: the Automobile Museum and the Railway Museum. In these large and high-quality museums, you will learn everything you need to know about the evolution of vehicles throughout history, as well as everything you need to know about the railway, the train and the transport system in France and beyond.

The city has a very strong tradition in the textile industry, in addition to the well-developed car industry. Nowadays, Mulhouse is developing in many fields, becoming a very important university town, a centre of plastics and electronics industries...

But of course, Mulhouse is not only about the industry. Besides factories and industrial museums, there are many other things to see. There is a lot of street art to admire all over the city. You can also admire the great architecture and enjoy delicious food that will not disappoint you.

The influence of Swiss and German culture can be felt throughout the city, but of course, French culture is prevalent here and you will notice this in the many French restaurants in the city and also in your interactions with the locals, who are proudly French and will generously welcome you into their city.

So if you are taking a road trip through France and you are a car enthusiast, then you should stop off in Mulhouse. Also, if you are travelling by car through Germany or Switzerland and want to visit one of the French cities, Mulhouse is the perfect place for you. Here you can park your car and enjoy this charming French city.

Basic info and car hire in Mulhouse

  • Location: Grand Est Region, France
  • Population: 108,942
  • Official language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Weather:   Mulhouse has a temperate oceanic climate
  • Holidays in Mulhouse:   For public holidays in Mulhouse follow this link
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
  • Road conditions:  Most roads in Mulhouse are in good condition.
  • Car hire in Mulhouse:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Mulhouse is at Mulhouse Basel airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Mulhouse!

 Driving in Mulhouse

Driving in Mulhouse has a special charm. Mainly because everything in this city has to do with cars and driving. So if you are taking a road trip through France and you like the car industry, then you should stop here. The roads here are in perfect condition and the traffic is not as heavy as in some bigger cities in France. These are the main reasons why you will enjoy driving on the roads of this unique city. It is good to know that there are many things to see outside of the city centre that is also accessible by car. So, when you are in Mulhouse, make a good plan of what you want to see outside the city, because there are many interesting sights around Mulhouse, and you need to adjust your schedule to the time you have available for this stop.

One very important thing for driving enthusiasts here in Mulhouse is the driving courses for Ferrari owners. There are some great courses where you can learn a lot about how your car reacts to different surfaces, traffic situations, and most importantly how to react in tricky situations while driving. For the more experienced, there is also the option of racing Ferraris, but for that, you should check out the websites of the local Ferrari dealers here in France.

  • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
  • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
  • Additional papers:   Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
  • Additional requirements:  High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
  • Children in the car:  Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
  • General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
  • Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.

Car Hire in Mulhouse

Most popular car hire at Mulhouse

The most selected hire car in Mulhouse is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Mulhouse are mini, economy, and compact.

Popular Driving Routes

Popular One-Way car hire from Mulhouse

Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Mulhouse. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.

  • Mulhouse-Colmar (43km with approximately 40 minutes of drive)

  • Mulhouse-Strasbourg (114km with approximately 1-1,5 hours of drive)

  • Mulhouse-Freiburg (60km with approximately 1 hour of drive)

  • Mulhouse-Basel (36km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)

What to see in Mulhouse

Cité de l'Automobile

This is the largest automobile museum in the world. There are more than 400 cars on display in this museum and you can learn all about the evolution of the automobile from its beginnings to today. The museum is divided into different sections, each dedicated to a specific area of the car industry. A large section is dedicated to racing cars, there is also an area for classic cars, safety cars, etc. So for every car lover, this museum is a must-visit once in a lifetime.

Cité du Train

Not far from the Cité de l'Automobile is another museum dedicated to transportation. The Cité du Train is the largest railway museum in the world. For all enthusiasts who admire trains and the evolution of trains and railways, this is the perfect place to visit. There are different sections of the museum dedicated to different areas of the railway industry. You can learn all about the evolution of trains from the beginning until today, then there is a part dedicated to the golden era of railway transport and finally, a part that is the railway panorama.


This unique theatre is a popular destination for locals and tourists who love art. The building of this theatre is covered with ivy, which gives it a very special look that you will love. Inside the building, there is a special atmosphere and ambience for artists and spectators. The theatre is designed in such a way that the audience interacts closely with the artists on stage. There is also a very popular bar and restaurant in this theatre where the audience can sit with the artists and talk about shows, art, etc.

Musée de l'Impression sur Etoffes de Mulhouse

Another museum that tells about the rich industrial history of Mulhouse. The museum is dedicated to the printing industry. You can explore the printing machines, techniques, and materials from the early days to the present day. You can observe the different printing processes on different materials throughout history here, so you can understand the evolution of this industry throughout history.

Historical Museum of Mulhouse

This museum is located in one of Mulhouse's most popular historic buildings. This 16th century Renaissance building, which used to serve as the town hall, now houses an impressive collection of objects and artwork from prehistoric times to the present day. There are some great pieces from the past on display here, giving you further insight into the past of this interesting city. It is worth a visit!

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    Explore France 

    Drive your rental car beyond Mulhouse

    If you are taking a road trip through France and want to learn more about the Industrial Revolution and specific industries such as the automobile or railroad industries, then you need to head to Mulhouse. This rich industrial city has an exciting history that you can experience in many museums in the city.

    The location of this city is also great. It is located near the border of Germany and Switzerland, which gives you many options for your trip. You can enjoy the diversity of cultures in this area and this diversity is reflected in different aspects of life. One of them is undoubtedly the architecture, but also the gastronomy, the art, the character of the locals and much more...

    The roads in this part of France are in very good condition, so you will enjoy driving through and exploring this beautiful part of Europe. Alsace is a great place to explore. You have beautiful nature here and a very rich wine culture, which is undoubtedly one of the favourite reasons for many tourists to come here.

    Besides nature, there are also many beautiful cities here that are worth visiting. One of these cities is Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, but it is also the capital of Europe. You can explore this city by car, by boat, by bike or on foot. The choice is yours, but one thing is for sure: you will love this wonderful city! Just over the border from Germany is the city of Freiburg, which is also worth a visit. There you can explore and enjoy the German culture, which is heavily influenced by France and Switzerland. Speaking of Switzerland, you can also visit Basel, which is not far from Mulhouse. Another city you should visit is Colmar, nicknamed Freedom City. With the Statue of Liberty there and many other sights, Colmar is a place that will delight you.

    So, there are many options around Mulhouse for any traveller or tourist who wants to explore more than just Mulhouse. It is up to you to make a good plan according to your preferences, buckle up and drive safely!

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    Enjoy the culture in Mulhouse

    Where to eat, drink, and party in Mulhouse

    Gastronomy is one of the points of pride of the French and an important part of the life of the French. They have developed culinary art to perfection. And it is no different here in Mulhouse, or fact in the whole Alsace region. One of the most famous gastronomic products from here are wines and cheeses, but of course, many other dishes are traditional for this part of France, and there is a big influence from Germany and Switzerland here as well. There are many dishes based on sauerkraut, which by the way is traditionally part of German cuisine.

    There are also many restaurants with a great selection of snacks and small dishes that are perfectly prepared. One of the most famous dishes from here is of course the gingerbread. But we should also mention the tapas-like snacks that are offered in some of the local restaurants and are delicious.

    If you are looking for a party in Mulhouse, you will not have as much choice as in bigger cities like Paris, Lyon, or Marseille, but you can find some great clubs here in Mulhouse. Besides the clubs, there are also many concerts and operas in this city and you should attend one of them. The artists are really good and influenced by the atmosphere of this city, this will be a great experience.

Best restaurants in Mulhouse:

Petit Marcel La Rotisserie

Chez Auguste

Mealtin Potes

Le Bistrot a Huitres

Le Rustique


What you need to know about renting a car

How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

What are the charges for security deposits?

Every car rental has its security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

What if I would like to change my booking?

If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

How do I cancel my booking?

You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

When do I pay for the rental car?

You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

What is included in the price?

Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

Are there any hidden fees?

There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

  • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
  • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
  • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
  • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
  • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

What is a voucher and why do I need it?

A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

What is an airport or premium location fee?

Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

How do I get the cheapest car hire?

Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!

How many countries does Orbit Car Hire compare?

We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

What currency should I use to pay for the car?

You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

What is the cheapest car to rent?

The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

What payment methods are accepted by Orbit Car Hire

You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

Can I drop off my car at a different location?

Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for a one-way car hire. 

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