Linate Airport Car Hire
The city of Milan has plenty to offer visitors, but the Lombardy region in which it sits has an amazing variety of scenery. From the mountains of the southern Alps to the beauty of the lakes, scenic villages and historic towns. Renting a car will enable you to explore the region and beyond.
The desks of the car hire companies are located in the arrivals hall of Linate Airport and they offer a wide choice of vehicles to suit your needs. You can arrange your rental when you get to the airport but, to get the best price and ensure the availability of your chosen car, you should book online in advance.
Comparison websites provide you with many vehicle options and prices, but be aware that the cheapest price might not turn out to be so if there are hidden extras. Read the small print before booking.
Avoid companies with a 'full to empty' fuel policy as you will end up paying for fuel you don't use, and at a premium price.
You might be given the impression that full insurance is included, only to arrive to collect your car and be stung for extra cover or a huge deposit. If you want full cover you can take it out at the time of booking for a lower price. Better still is to buy your own hire car excess policy which can be annual or for a one-off rental.
When you collect your car, if you reserved it online, you will be asked for your booking reference and a credit card in the main driver's name. You will also need your passport and driving licence. Drivers from the UK will need to obtain a code which the agent can use to check your driving record. Details of how to do this can be found here.
Before You Drive
Whatever type of insurance cover you have, check the hire vehicle for any damage. Write down any damage, inside and out, and take pictures, not forgetting to check the wheels and tyres, lights and glass. It takes a little time, but covers you in the event of any queries when you return the car.
If you don't usually drive on the right, take some time to get used to the controls. Set the seat and mirrors to suit you. Once on the road, take your time until you are comfortable with the vehicle.
Where to Go
Lake Como to the north of Milan can be reached within an hour of leaving the city. The stunning scenery and beautiful towns around the shores of the lake can be reached by road, or take one of the ferries which traverse the tranquil waters with the backdrop of the alpine mountains.
Around fifteen minutes north of the town of Como, you can cross into southern Switzerland (provided that your rental covers you for cross-border travel).
Just over an hour to the west of Como, passing small villages surrounded by lush countryside, is Lake Maggiore. It is the second largest lake in Italy and extends into Switzerland.
Approximately 20km to the north-east of Milan is Monza. Best known as the home of the Italian F1 Grand Prix, the city itself has a rich history.
The city of Cremona, 97km south-east of Milan, is renowned for its stunning, historical architecture. The focal point is Torrazzo, the highest bell tower in Europe. Legend has it that the city was founded by Hercules.
Just an hour and a half from Milan, passing through the beautiful city of Brescia, is Italy's largest lake, Lake Garda. Whether you enjoy water sports, hiking or just taking in the breath-taking scenery, this is a must-see on your visit to this region.