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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Rome Airport Ciampino Car Rental
Mini Elite
Smart for Two or similar
Smart for Two
  • 2x
  • x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$7.57 / per day
Milan Airport Malpensa Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$9.46 / per day
Rome Airport Ciampino Car Rental
Mini
Smart for 2 or similar
Smart for 2
  • 2x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$9.89 / per day
Rome Airport Ciampino Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Rhodium
$10.15 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Milan Airport Malpensa Car Rental
Mini Elite
Smart for Two or similar
Smart for Two
  • 2x
  • x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$10.51 / per day
Verona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$15.75 / per day
Trieste Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Ford C Max or similar
Ford C Max
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$16.27 / per day
Crotone Airport Car Rental
Compact
Fiat 500 X or similar
Fiat 500 X
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Keddy
$18.65 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$41.75 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
70 - 90 km/h
43 - 56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Italy?

Italy is a great destination to visit by car. It is home to great cities, world-famous culture, distinct regions, and natural beauty. Having your own ride will give you a chance to visit both the north and the south, as well as the capital Rome that is in the middle.

This article is about Mainland Italy. For information about Sicily, see the article of Sicily. For information about Sardinia, see the article of Sardinia.

Italy Car Rental

Top ways to enter Italy

Rome Airport Fiumicino: The most busy in Italy, Rome Fiumicino is the main airport serving the capital and the Lazio region.

Milan Airport Malpensa: The largest of the three airports serving Milan, Milan Malpensa is a great point to enter Lombardy and much of Italy’s North.

Pisa Airport: Cozy and especially active during summers, Pisa Airport shares flights to and from many destinations in Europe and is popular with various low-cost carriers.

By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it’s possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Italy. Some large international airports near Italy are Nice Airport in France, Zurich Airport in Switzerland, and Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Rome: Full of traces of its ancient grandeur, Rome is a great history, culture, and culinary destination.
  • Venice: One of the most unique cities in Europe, Venice is full of wonderful art and architecture, and also provides access to the wider Veneto region in the Italy’s northeast.
  • Tuscany: From countless arts and culture monuments in Florence to vineyards and classical farmer villages, Tuscany is the picture that most people have in mind when they think of Italy.
  • Naples and Campania: Proud yet hospitable, Campania is a place of ancient sites and delicious cuisine, as well as beautiful Naples and Pompeii.
  • The South: Showing traces of its Greek heritage and independent nature, Southern Italy is very different from north in atmosphere, and offers mountain villages, wild nature, and coasts of three different seas.

Most popular rental car

Travelers most often choose the Fiat Panda, while the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 are also popular.

Crossing Borders

Italy is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, as well as San Marino and the Vatican City, two enclaves inside it. Like Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia are all members of the Schengen Area, meaning that three entry requirements for these four countries are the same as for Italy. The microstates of San Marino and Vatican City are not members of the Schengen Area, but their entry requirements are the same as those for Italy.

Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Mainland Italy is an Economy, followed by Mini and Compact.

Top driving routes

  • Rome - Florence (271 km / 168 mi) The drive from the Italian capital into the heart of Tuscany will take you through some of the most picturesque Italian countryside, especially if you set aside time for detours through villages.
  • Milan - Venice (266 km / 165 mi) Milan might be near the Alps, but in just three hours you can reach Venice on the Adriatic Coast.
  • Naples - Bari (257 km / 160 mi) Going between these two large southern cities, you’ll cross all of the Italian peninsula from east to west (or vice versa).

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Italy:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. Visiting Mainland Italy during the low season might be at least two times cheaper than coming here during the high season of tourism.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Italy

  1. Car Rental in Rome from $7.57 per day
  2. Car Rental in Milan from $9.18 per day
  3. Car Rental in Naples from $32.70 per day
  4. Car Rental in Venice from $24.15 per day
  5. Car Rental in Bergamo from $14.45 per day
  6. Car Rental in Florence from $20.77 per day
  7. Car Rental in Bologna from $22.26 per day
  8. Car Rental in Bari from $43.21 per day
  9. Car Rental in Pisa from $21.14 per day
  10. Car Rental in Turin from $20.98 per day
  11. Car Rental in Verona from $15.75 per day
  12. Car Rental in Lamezia Terme from $24.76 per day
  13. Car Rental in Brindisi from $31.41 per day
  14. Car Rental in Genoa from $26.14 per day
  15. Car Rental in Treviso from $24.76 per day
  16. Car Rental in Pescara from $19.18 per day
  17. Car Rental in Trieste from $10.66 per day
  18. Car Rental in Rimini from $23.39 per day
  19. Car Rental in Ancona from $19.18 per day

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Italy?

The cost of renting a car in Italy depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Italy
$34.06
January
$27.33
February
$24.21
March
$42.72
April
$37.96
May
$44.25
June
$50.55
July
$52.45
August
$51.15
September
$37.36
October
$82.05
November
$58.33
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Italy is March — prices start from $24.21 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 46% cheaper than the year’s average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $82.05 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Italy?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 12 days. The shortest are in July — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Italy
12
January
8
February
7
March
8
April
7
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Italy?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Italy. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is November.
Italy Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
82%
January
88%
February
91%
March
102%
April
127%
May
106%
June
127%
July
108%
August
118%
September
139%
October
56%
November
57%
December

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 13, 2019
We travelled from Verona station initially to the Friuli region and then the Trento region and enjoyed visiting both areas. We have travelled quite extensively by car in Italy and found the likelihood of incurring speeding fines and possibly traffic fines, high as there are so many speed cameras. Consequently, we used cruise control quite often to try keep our speed within the 30/50Km speed limits which are so commonly seen.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus STW
September 11, 2019
Although I didnt drive in Milan or the city of Como but found the main roads ( not the very narrow Moltrasio roads) easy to drive on and nowhere as busy as in the UK
United Kingdom
VW Passat Variant
August 13, 2019
Brindisi is a small airport so it is easy to find the hire car companies.
United Kingdom
Seat Leon STW
July 25, 2019
Tuscany is a beautiful place full of towns and cities to explore as well as countryside and panoramic views. The roads are pretty good and motorways link most major towns. The signage is not always easy to comprehend , so google maps is very useful. Be aware of signage with times when some city/town central areas do not allow cars to be driven
United Kingdom
Opel Astra Stationwagon
July 22, 2019
If travelling for a day trip to Venice there is a large Tronchetta car park and water bus that takes you up to the Doge's palace. Definitely worth visiting some of the less known towns around the area as well as driving to Padua for a day
Ukraine
Renault Clio
July 18, 2019
Hard to find parking place in center, but possible. Need to avoid ZTL zones - interactive map in Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=1MPzQVuqpzQmCrEYXkBTlnoZAs1g&ll=41.89732582650186%2C12.485918999999967&z=15
Belgium
Ford Focus
July 17, 2019
We loved riding the Amalfi Coast from Naples. Sorrente, Positano, Praiono, Amalfi, .... You have to choose a small car because the roads are narrow in some places.
Czech Republic
Fiat Panda
July 10, 2019
I vas very happy with the car rental.
Netherlands
Renault Clio
July 8, 2019
Better to rent in Mestre than on the island
United States of America (USA)
BMW Serie 3 Aut.
June 14, 2019
Italy was beautiful BUT driving in Italy isn't for the faint at heart. The drivers there are TERRIBLE!
United Kingdom
Citroen C1 2d
April 28, 2019
Italians are aggressive and dangerous drivers - compared to the UK, it's so easy to have an accident. So be very careful and slow. Get the smallest car you can, very tight roads. Need to be confident driver but best way to travel if you have a rental car
United Kingdom
OPEL ZAFIRA
March 26, 2019
Lovely holiday to all parts of Italy
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 Cabrio
March 24, 2019
Travelled the Island, definitely want to return!
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka
September 28, 2018
I have rented cars all over Italy and have not encountered any problems, with the one exception that I would not rent on the Amalfi coast where the local driving is particularly.....special (and many Italians would tell you that's a wise precaution!).

Top 20 Suppliers for Italy in 2019

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
Ciao Rent Car
Ciao Rent Car
Exceptional 9
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
Italy Car Rent
Italy Car Rent
Excellent 8.8
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.8
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
SKARENT
SKARENT
Excellent 8.6
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
JoyRent
JoyRent
Excellent 8.6
Welcome Cars
Welcome Cars
Excellent 8.2
Ecovia
Ecovia
Excellent 8.1
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 7.8
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8
ACARENT
ACARENT
Very good 7.7
Car2Move
Car2Move
Very good 7.7

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