Open a current account at the Commerzbank or Comdirect?

You get the answer to this thrilling question in this article. You will be recommended the best option for your use!

What is most thrilling about the Commerzbank / Comdirect?

The Comdirect is virtually the direct bank daughter of the Commerzbank. The Commerzbank is making itself competition since the 1990ies … or is it just clever enough to keep the online-enthusiast customers, who do their banking mainly by themselves, within the corporate group, so that these won´t switch to the DKB and the like?

Upfront: The answer is yes! Whether you would prefer to become a customer of the mother or daughter bank, you can easily learn from the comparison:

Account management free of charge! free of charge, if at least 1 cent is transferred to the account
Attention: update!
Cards to the account Comdirect Visa CardComdirect Girocard
Visa and Girocard free of charge 🙂
Commerzbank Girocard
Girocard free of charge, Credit card from € 30.90 per year!
Cash supply
within Germany
free of charge at the counter of the Commerzbank and using the Girocard at the ATMs of the Commerzbank, Postbank, Deutsche Bank, UniCredit
Cash supply
in Euros:
without withdrawal fee using the Girocard
in other currencies:
without withdrawal fee using the Visa Card
always with withdrawal fee from  €5.98
Account opening online really?
Online use
transfers free of charge
standing orders free of charge
online banking, banking-app free of charge
Overdraft facility 6.50 % 9.75 %
Overdrawn overdraft facility 11.00 % 12.25 %
Extras for smart bank customers
Deposit cash 3 × per calendar year at the counter and ATMs of the Commerzbank anytime free of charge at the counter and ATMs of the Commerzbank
smartPay app Paying and filing bills now by photo
How your simple paying of bills could look like in the future, you can see here:

Account opening
Requirements 18 years old + place of residence in Germany or German citizens abroad 18 years old + place of residence in Germany
Start the account opening: Link to bank
Are you a smart bank customer?
… Then please switch to the left column 😉
If you are still not sure, whether the Comdirect really better fits to us smart bank customers, then please take a look at the comprehensive details before you start the account opening.
Questions and supplements to the table can be postet using the comments feature at the end of this page. Many thanks!

Advantages of the Commerzbank

The Commerzbank has – a few crystal clear – advantages compared to the Comdirect: you have a physical place, where you can go to within the opening hours in order to

  • personally speak to a bank salesman,
  • make deposits and withdrawals, as often as you want, at the counter,
  • send your mail, without having to pay for a postage stamp.

For most smart bank customers on our portal, this is not really important. This is why we will now focus on the Comdirect. Of course, always taking a look on how we can take advantage of the mother-bank services being a Comdirect-customer.

Using the Commerzbank being a Comdirect-customer

Being a Comdirect-customer, we can use the Commerzbank in some cases. Of course, most often for:

  • withdrawing cash

    Usually, this takes place using the ATM and the Comdirect-Girocard. You can withdraw amounts between Euros 50 and 1,000 per day, as often as you want.

    You get this free cash service through the CashGroup also at the ATMs of the Postbank, Deutsche Bank and UniCredit.

  • withdrawing high amounts

    If you want to withdraw higher amounts (more than Euros 1,000) from your current account, then you can announce this at the customer service of the Comdirect and the money will be made available in a Commerzbank branch office of your choice. For example, if you want to pay a used car in cash, this service can be meaningful.

  • depositing cash

    You can deposit cash as coins and bills using the deposit machines or at the counter of the Commerzbank directly to your current account.

    In my cases, only stating the Comdirect-IBAN was necessary. The procedures were fast and friendly. One gets a deposit receipt as proof.

    We, being Comdirect-customers, can use this service free of charge three times per calendar year. Subsequently a subsidized lump-sum fee is charged.

  • Big equity savings range

    This is an indirect advantage, because you need the Comdirect-depot for it. The Comdirect offers a very wide range of interesting equity savings plans at outstanding conditions. This is possible, because it can resort to the technique and the buying volume of the Commerzbank for the execution.

Cash runs free of charge using the Commerzbank

Open an account at the Commerzbank or Comdirect?

Probably already at the comparison above it became obvious that the Comdirect is the better option for many people.

The account opening is pretty easy and if you dispose of an average to good creditworthiness, you can expect to get an immediate overdraft facility.

How to become a customer of the Comdirect with the current account, we have documented for you as a series ► Part 1: Account opening step-by-step.

What happens after the account opening?

Within the next days, you get:

  • a welcoming package in which the bank and current account are explained
  • access to the online banking
  • TANs and PINs for your online banking and the cards
  • Girocard
  • Visa Card (if ordered simultaneously, free of charge)

Consecutively, it is recommended to log into the online banking and try the first things. You can find help to the Comdirect-use through the search feature in the upper right on our special portal. Through this path, you find e.g. such practical instructions ► change the PIN of the Girocard. Agreed?

Open an additional current account strategically

This section is tendentially something for our new readers, who still have their current account at a Sparkasse or Volksbank. It could be meaningful for you to set up an additional (free) current account at one of the best direct banks in Germany.

In contrast to your current bank, you do not have to fear an increase of the account management fee at the Comdirect, because this would be the mortal blow for the bank being a current account-offering institution.

Current account will remain free of charge also in the future!

The Comdirect-current account is – since I operate this portal – free of charge and will remain free. Only banks that have switch-lazy customers can afford to have account management fees. This is obviously the case at many branch banks.

As long as the biggest competitors (DKB and ING-DiBa) offer a unconditionally free current account and do not implement any additional costs, just like many branch banks introduce for the cards, everything is great.

The Comdirect could be a comfortable introduction into the world of direct banks for you. Apart from the current account, one can also do a lot with the bank, for example money investments and financings.

For the achievers among us …


As we do have a rising number of “achievers” that read here, a note about the shares of the Commerzbank and Comdirect:

Stock company ISIN Collatoral value
Securities loan
Link to the investor relations
Commerzbank DE000CBK1001 70 % IR-information
Comdirect DE0005428007 50 % IR-information

The Commerzbank holds 82 per cent of the Comdirect-shares. 18 per cent are traded at the stock market and can be bought by us investors.

Both banks pay dividends. The dividends yield at the Commerzbank is currently at 1.26 %. At the Comdirect it is 2.10 %: significantly above the current savings interest, but with entrepreneurial risk.

If I would have to decide for one share, I would prefer the Comdirect. At the moment, I do not dispose of either of the banks in my depot, but I have my depot at the Comdirect. Just mentioning it marginally.

Do you already have a current account at the Comdirect?

Then I kindly ask you to make this article even more interesting for future readers and answer to one of the two questions using the comments feature:

Why did you switch to the Comdirect?


What do you like best in the current account of the Comdirect?

If you cannot decide what you like best and you cannot remember why you have decided for the Comdirect, then I would be grateful to learn what you use most often. A heartly thanks!

Not yet a customer?

If you are not yet a Comdirect-customer, then I hope that this articles has helped you taking a decision at which bank you open a current account.

Perhaps you want to become a Comdirect-customer and soon report about your first experiences using the comments feature. I would be glad to read about it.

Current campaign of the Comdirect:

Comdirect Girokonto eröffnen

Currently, you can get a bonus of Euros 100 with an account opening, if you actively use the Comdirect-account in the first three months (Euros 25) and cancel the old account (Euros 75).

Further articles about the Comdirect:

Portal-founder explains it all in a video:

Further information and account opening directly at the bank ►
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Who writes here?

Someone who gained experience with more than 100 banks in more than 20 countries during the past 15 years. My name is Gregor and if you click to continue you can find out why I am here and what this site is for ⇒ continue.

2 Responses to “Open a current account at the Commerzbank or Comdirect?”

  1. Rafael Rivera says:

    Hello Gregor, I recently moved to Hamburg to open an Aviation company and would like to know what are the requirements to open a business account for my company and what bank do you recommend.
    Thank you and look forward to your reply.

    • Editorial Team says:

      Opening a business account comes with specialties that we with our specialty portal cannot cover. Best of luck with the further research!

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