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Both of the two main airports in Milan offer numerous hire options, as does nearby Bergamo Airport. Car hire pick-ups are also available in the city centre.
Language: Italian | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: CEST | Avg. Flight time: 1.45 hrs
Level 1 of Malpensa’s Terminal 1 is where you’ll find the airport’s car hire offices. There are 11 firms in all and all the major players are present, including Hertz, Sixt and domestic brand Maggiore.
If you’re landing at Terminal 2, you’ll need to get the free shuttle bus to Terminal 1. This can, unfortunately, be a slow procedure, with infrequent buses causing long queues.
Malpensa is situated 49 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Milan, and the drive into town typically takes an hour using the SP34 and E64 routes.
More booths await at Linate airport, located within the arrivals hall. The line-up of companies is almost identical to that of Malpensa.
Linate is positioned close to an artificial lake, seven kilometres (4 miles) east of the city. Central Milan is a 15-20-minute drive away.
There are 10 rental outfits at Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport (also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport), with all the big-name firms represented.
Allow about 90 minutes for the 45-kilometre (28-mile) drive to Milan.
Milan city centre is very busy, especially on weekdays, and parking spaces can be hard to come by. Throw in various congestion charges – from 2-10 euros (vehicle-dependent) for the main city ring between Mondays and Fridays – and the savviest option is to use the large commuter car parks speckled around Milan's SP11 motorway ring road. All connect with metro lines.
The locations are Cascina Gobba (east), Lampugnano (northwest), Molino Dorino (northwest), Bonola (northwest), Rho-Pero (northwest), Bisceglie (southwest) and San Donato (southeast). Using these will help to keep costs down.
Compare cheap car rental in Milan using TravelSupermarket’s search tools. Booking well in advance is best to snare the cheapest car-hire deals, to ensure you get the vehicle you desire, and to make life easier when you touch down.
Information on transport options in the city can be found on our getting around Milan page.