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As undertakings go, car hire in Rome must rank among the most daring.

Anyone prone to tantrums or heart conditions is particularly encouraged to pass up the chance to drive here. It’s not just that the traffic in Rome gets famously stationary, but that parking is mostly impossible and chunks of the centre turn out to be restricted traffic zones (ZTLs) – ones monitored by fine-happy cameras.

If you do somehow stumble upon a parking space, then please, please keep it rather than try and upgrade. That better spot you’re imagining? It doesn’t exist.

Language: Italian | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 2 hrs 35 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Rome?

For the most part, the minimum age you have to be to hire a car in Rome is 19. This isn’t the case for every car hire firm, with others requiring drivers to be at least 21. Generally, you will need to have held a clean driving licence for at least 12 months.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Rome?

To hire a car in Rome, you’ll typically need a full driving licence, a credit or debit card, and an additional form of ID. As a rule of thumb, always bring your passport with you when you pick up a hire car.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Rome?

While you’re not required to take out car hire excess insurance in Rome, it’s highly recommended. What it means is that should you find yourself having to claim in the event of an accident, the amount of excess you’re required to pay will either be reduced or covered entirely. It’s best to take out a policy in advance with a standalone provider – walk-up rates at a car hire desk can be pricey.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Rome?

Yes, many car hire firms in Rome accept debit cards – though only from major brands like Mastercard and Visa. That said, you may find that some rental companies will only accept a credit card. You’ll know what payment options are available to you when you book online.

Which rental companies are available at Rome Fiumicino Airport?

Alamo, Autovia, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, Karym Rent, Leasys, Maggiore, National, RENT4U, Sicily by Car and Sixt can all be found at Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off-site in Rome?

If you take into consideration the fact that at an airport a surcharge will be applied to the overall cost of your hire car, then it’s usually cheaper to rent off-site in Rome.

Can you rent a car in Rome and drop it off in another city?

Yes, you can hire a car in Rome to transport you to another city in Italy – handy if your plans don’t involve you returning to the Italian capital. Expect a fee for a one-way rental.

Can you rent a car the same day in Rome?

Yes. There are plenty of car hire firms in Rome – from local providers to big brands such as Avis and Enterprise – that offer same day rentals. If you can book in advance, then do – you’ll find it’s cheaper.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Rome?

Yes, you can hire a car in Rome if you are 21 years of age. This comes with some expectations and conditions. For example, you’ll usually need to have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months, and you will only be allowed to hire certain categories of car. Also, all drivers under 25 have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’.

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