Car hire in Bologna

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Car hire in Bologna

On this page, you’ll find tips and advice on car hire in Bologna, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Italy, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.

Car hire at Bologna airport

You’ll find about ten different car rental companies in the newly renovated Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (airport code: BLQ), all of them in the Arrivals hall. The airport is an excellent starting point for many road trips in Bologna and its surrounding areas. There are also several car hire opportunities in central Bologna, if this suits you better.

Where to go around Bologna

Bologna is located in the region of Emilia-Romagna, which has no shortage of interesting places to visit. Getting to and from Bologna by car is very easy, making the city a good starting point for lots of different excursions. Below we’ll mention some of our favourite spots.

Pietra di Bismantova 

Pietra di Bismantova is a part of the Apennine mountain range as well as the National Park of the Apennino Tosco-Emiliano. This is truly an amazing natural experience. The uniquely shaped plateau formations are surrounded by forest, and the area is ideal for hiking.

The city of Parma is an approximate hour-long drive from Bologna,and it is known for its special ham and cheese. You’ll also find many interesting sights, for example the Palazzo della Pilotta and the Cittadella, which is a large fortress. If you have an interest in food, you definitely won’t want to miss a visit to Parma! There are many great restaurants and local delicacies.

Slightly east of Bologna, right by the Adriatic sea, is Rimini. This city is renowned for its beautiful sand beaches, great for swimming and sunbathing. In the centre, there are also many historically interesting buildings, including well-preserved remnants from the Roman Empire. There’s something for everyone in Rimini!