Tips for cheap car hire in Italy
On this page, we’ll present our best tips for finding cheap car hire in Italy. It’s relatively easy to find a good rental car in Italy, but there are a few things that are important to keep in mind. For example, the smallest rental cars in Italy are very small and only have two doors. However, Italy is a country with amazing scenery, so make sure to hire a car to get the most out of your holiday. A rental car really is the perfect way to explore the landscape and the picturesque villages.
Insurance – excess and deposit
If you book your rental car through us, the price will always include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP). Sometimes, car rental firms will also have have special offers with no excess. You’ll clearly be able to see if there are any special offers in the search results. If there is not, the excess is usually the same amount as the deposit. You can often choose to add excess insurance to your booking if you need it. The size of the deposit varies between companies, it can be anything from a few hundred euros to over 1000 euros. Click on “Terms & conditions” to find out the exact amount (search for “deposit”). We do not recomment buying any additional insurance upon arrival in Italy. It is hardly ever a good deal.
Remember to use a credit card (not debit card!) to pay for the deposit, and make sure to have enough credit.
- Driving license: You must have had your driving license for at least a year.
- Age limit: It’s possible to find car hire firms that have a lower age limit of 19 years. However, drivers under 25 years old will almost always be charged extra. This charge can be quite expensive for drivers between 19 and 22 years, e.g. €20 per day (see the rental terms). Many firms also have an upper age limit of 75 years.
- Fuel: A full-to-full fuel policy means that you pick up and drop off the car with a full tank. If you fail to return the car with a full tank, there will be a fee and often an expensive refuelling.
- Deposit: You’ll need a credit card to pay the deposit as debit cards are not accepted. Make sure to have enough credit on the card.
- ID: For EU-citizens, a valid ID or passport is required. We recommend that you use your passport.
- Winter charges: In areas where there is a risk of snow and slippery roads during the winter months (between 15th November and 15th April), there is an extra charge of €4.50 + tax per day. If you want snow chains, make sure to add it to your booking.
- Unlimited mileage: Normally, the cars are rented with unlimited mileage. If the renting period is more than 29 days, however, there’s usually a 3000 km limit (about 1850 miles), before you start paying per km.
- Speed limits: 130 km/h on Autostrades, 110 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h outside urban areas and normally 50 km/h in urban areas. Speeding fines are €180 or more.
- International driving permit: An international driving permit is required for those with a driving licence not written in Latin script.
Should you want extra equipment in the car, e.g. a child car seat, a GPS or snow chains, it is best to add this when booking the car. The equipment will then be added as a request, and, therefore, availability is not guaranteed. However, you won’t have to pay for the equipment until you’ve arrived in Italy.
More information and tips
- If your visit to Italy is in the summer months and you will not be driving very far, consider renting a cab for a day or two. A truly amazing experience!
- Just like many other parts of Europe, it is important to close the doors properly before locking the car. Otherwise, the central locking might not lock. Also make sure to take all your valuables with you when leaving the car.
Car rental companies
In both Italy and Spain, you will in some places find the company Goldcar. We do not recommend booking with Goldcar. They use many dirty tricks. Read more under car hire in Spain.